February 25th, 2012 by Aaron Hope
Virginia Tech is arguably the most successful college football program to never have won a national championship, and Nike uniforms and cleats have been a part of the Hokies’ success for quite a while. The contract extends through 2015, so we can expect to see more models like this exclusive promo sample Nike Trainer 1 Mid that looks like it was once scheduled to release during the 2009 pigskin season. These come equipped with a tessellated gradient that blends the school’s unique palette together, a look that would have been equally impressive with any of the other schools that tend to get cutting-edge gridiron garb. Examine this cutting room casualty after the jump and check out the auction available from dballaholic on eBay.
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March 10th, 2010 by John Kim
Joining the recent slew of Nike Trainer 1 PEs, Nike has fashioned a colourway for Yu Darvish, the Japanese pitching phenom who will be subject to a massive bidding war by Major League Baseball teams. The colourway you see is set to match the jerseys of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Yu’s team in the Pacific League of the NPB, with the left and right shoe owning a different mock-up of the colors. A stamp on the heels reads “Fans are family!”, as Darvish once stated in a post-game interview that he was “pitching for his family, fans, and teammates”. His jersey number ’11′ is also placed in tag behind the tongue and embossed on the toe of the shoes. No info regarding a release has been set, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this pair was a Friends-and-Family deal.
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