For years, Nike has offered an engaging collection for Black History Month. At the center of this year’s lineup is the iconic Air Force 1.
Rather than dropping a pair of sneakers this year, Nike has a trio of Air Force 1 Lows ready to release. The Nike Air Force 1 Low FM By You will arrive in three colorways that have been designed by the black designers.
The Air Force 1 Low FM By You is executed in materials with a translucent option that Nike explained transforms to reveal an intricate pattern and wear-resistant leather panels, which reveal colors inspired by the flags of Caribbean countries and from Africa. Also, the brand said that there is an option to customize the look via a laser etched message on the dubrae of the shoe.
The Nike Air Force 1 Low FM By You will arrive today via Nike By You at 12 p.m. ET and will retail for $140.
Nike said in a statement that its annual Black History Month collections were created to celebrate black heritage and black employees, and were delivered with the goal of “creating awareness, inspiring athletes and fuel dialogue and action to create positive change.”
Over the past few years, the sportswear giant has revamped both classics and new looks of the month, including the Air Force 1 Low in 2020, four court-ready basketball shoes in 2019 (two pairs of LeBron 16, Kyrie 5, KD 11 and the PG 3) and a trio of performance sneakers in 2018 (the LeBron 15, the KD 10 and the Kyrie 4).
Nike Inc. also today revealed several new grant recipients as part of its commitment to the Black community. Specific to innovation in education, Nike announced that national grant recipients will include Son of A Saint, All Star Code and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In regards to social justice reform, Nike Inc. revealed Equal Justice Initiative as a new grant recipient. Additionally, the company said its local investments this year will total $2.75 million and will reach 44 organizations across the country in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Memphis, St. Louis and Boston.