Original Story (04/27/21): The Nike Air Griffey Max 1, the signature shoe of baseball icon Ken Griffey Jr., has seen a resurgence this year thanks to the recent re-release of fan-favorite OG colorways such as the “Freshwater” and “Varsity Royal.” Nike is now taking the Griffey celebration one step further with a full collection of footwear themed after “The Kid” that includes a new Air Griffey Max 1 colorway as well as an Air Force 1 and Air Max 90.

The Air Griffey Max 1 in the collection, dubbed the “Swingman” edition, comes in a “Freshwater”-like colorway, with a white leather upper, black leather overlays, and a teal midsole. “Swingman” branding appears on the tongue tag, while a Swingman logo is found on the heel. Additional features include a large gold Swoosh on the toe box, “The Sweetest Swing” branding on the insoles, and a gold base-shaped hang tag inscribed with the number 24.

The Air Force 1 pays tribute to both Ken Griffey Jr. and his father Ken Griffey Sr. Each shoe in the pair comes with a white leather upper, with “24” lateral heel embroidery on the left shoe and “30” on the right. “JR” and “SR” embroidery are also found on the back of each heel and as graphics on the insoles. As an added touch, the top lining on the tongues come in mismatching blue and gold, the colors of the Seattle Mariners, where both father and son played on the same team at the same time in 1990 and 1991.

As for the Air Max 90, the shoe comes in a “Freshwater”-like color scheme similar to the Air Griffey Max 1. A reversed baseball cap graphic on top of the number 24 is prominently featured on the tongue tag as well as on the insoles. Black Swooshes with red trimming are embroidered onto the toe boxes. Each of the three shoes features red baseball-like stitching throughout their construction.

Look for Nike’s Ken Griffey Jr. collection to release later this year via Nike.com and select retailers. Check out images of the Air Griffey Max 1, Air Force 1, and Air Max 90 below and stay tuned to Modern Notoriety for updates on their release.

Update: Vapormax Plus added, featuring a spider theme that pays homage to Griffey’s famous “Spider-Man Catch” play.

Update (06/10/21): Nike has announced the release of its Ken Griffey Jr. collection, which includes the four footwear models in men’s and kid’s sizing as well as some KGJ-themed apparel. The collection officially drops on June 25th on nike.com and select retailers, though a couple of the apparel pieces are available now on Champs and Footaction.

Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Swingman”
Color: White/Black-University Red-Metallic Gold
Style Code: DJ5188-100
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Price: $170 USD

Nike Air Force 1 “Jr. & Sr.”
Color: White/Lyon Blue-University Gold-Black
Style Code: DJ5192-100
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Price: $110 USD

Nike Air Max 90 “Griffey”
Color: White/Fresh Water-Grey Fog-Smoke Grey
Style Code: DJ5190-100
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Price: $130 USD

Nike Air Vapormax Plus “Spider-Man Catch”
Color: Black/Fresh Water-University Red-White
Style Code: DJ5189-001
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Price: $210 USD

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