This year marks the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, which means going above and beyond for the annual April 15 celebration. Nike will be throwing their hat or shoes at the festivities with a Dunk Low commemorating Robinson’s momentous debut.
A real catch — Packed with detail but careful not to overdo it, the sneaker draws inspiration from Robinson’s time with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Royal blue, known to fans as “Dodger blue”, and cream appear on the upper, which sits atop a white and black sole. Embedded on the insoles and overlays is one of the late player’s most famous quotes: “I don’t care if you like me or don’t. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.
The usual Nike branding includes a plush side Swoosh and stitched mini Swooshes to the forefoot. The brand pays further homage to Robinson through a “42” motif on the heel and a special “75/Breaking Barriers” baseball diamond graphic that replaces the usual tongue tag. To top off the frills, and perhaps the best detail of all, the laces are meant to mimic the stitching found on baseballs.
Get on the plate — Nike has paid tribute to Robinson before, most recently with
the Air Griffey Max 1 in 2021. This pair was set in a neutral palette of black and white, but the Dunk Low makes an even stronger invocation of the legend through its use of Dodger Blue.
There is currently no release date for these beautiful Nike Dunk Low sneakers, but with Jackie Robinson Day less than a month away, an announcement should be coming soon. Hopefully an MLB player will be bold enough to turn a pair into cleats for play during the day a year players are allowed to wear Robinson’s retired “42”.