Nike’s 2017 BHM Collection Features Basketball Signatures And More

Today, Nike officially unveils the 2017 BHM Collection comprised of three Nike Basketball signature shoes, two renditions of the Air Force 1, the NikeCourt Flare, and the LunarEpic Flyknit. For over a decade, Nike has been honoring Black heritage through footwear and apparel, and 2017’s extensive seven-model collection continues the tradition of celebration Black history in sports and beyond.

The Nike LeBron 14, Nike Kyrie 3, and Nike KD 9 are anchored in black/white/gold colorways with marble detailing used on the sole of Kyrie Irving’s shoe. The same detailing can be found on the two Air Force 1 options as well as Serena Williams’ NikeCourt Flare, while the LunarEpic Flyknit offers its own take on marble detailing with the inherent pattern of the Flyknit upper.

The entire Nike BHM 2017 Collection releases on Nike.com on February 16th.

Nike LeBron 14 BHM
Global Release Date: February 16th, 2017
Style Code: 860634-100

Nike Kyrie 3 BHM
Global Release Date: February 16th, 2017
Style Code: 852415-001

Nike KD 9 BHM
Global Release Date: February 16th, 2017
Style Code: 860637-100

Nike Air Force 1 High BHM
Global Release Date: February 16th, 2017
Style Code: 920787-001

Nike Air Force 1 Upstep BHM
Global Release Date: February 16th, 2017
Style Code: 920788-001

NikeCourt Flare BHM
Global Release Date: February 16th, 2017
Style Code: 848453-100

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit BHM
Global Release Date: February 16th, 2017
Style Code: 881681-007

Nike and Jordan Brand’s 10 Black History Month sneakers: A power ranking

On the annual calendar of sneaker releases, there’s no time quite like February. Black History Month and NBA All-Star Weekend — two cultural celebrations held during the second month of every year that bring out the best in shoe designers. Nike and Jordan Brand always serve up the heat with limited-edition collections celebrating both the month and the All-Star festivities.

Only this year, a plot twist: Nike announced that it won’t be releasing a collection for 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend, creating an even bigger stage for the brand’s 2017 Black History Month (BHM) collection, which drops Thursday on Nike.com. (Jordan Brand launched three BHM edition pairs on Feb. 11.)

In the past year, athletes — especially those of color — have used their platforms to speak out on social issues. From the call to action delivered by NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James at the 2016 ESPYS to WNBA players wearing tribute T-shirts in the wake of the 2016 summer shootings of African-Americans and police officers to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem — they haven’t been silent, and neither should their footwear. Given the current connections between sports and social justice, this year’s collection may just be the most important shoes to commemorate Black History Month since Nike released its debut BHM sneaker in 2005.

Here are the 10 pairs of sneakers in Nike and Jordan’s 2017 BHM collection, power-ranked in descending order.

Women’s Nike Air Force 1 Upstep

WMNS AIR FORCE 1 UPSTEP LOW

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Air Force 1s have become the staple of Black History Month sneakers. The first BHM shoe Nike dropped was a pair of white AF1s with red trim, a gold shoestring medallion and a Black Liberation flag on the side heel. It’s an edition so iconic that Nike celebrated the shoe’s 10-year anniversary in 2015 with a limited 2,000-pair release. Since 2005, Nike has released 13 pairs of BHM AF1s, the latest of which features “decorative marbling — blending black and white — in reference to the strength of harmonious movement.” Aka a new-wave black-and-white kente cloth Michael Jackson would’ve been proud of. Uncle Phil’s Black Power enthusiast friend Marge Smallwood from the 1992 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode “Those Were the Days” would rock with these. *Raises fist*

Nike Air Force 1 Hi

AIR FORCE 1

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In the words of the great bassist and talent scout Randall Darius Jackson, “yeah, that’s gonna be a no for me, dawg.” Mind you, AF1s are a legendary sneaker, their place in history cemented. They inspired one of best songs of the early 2000s, Nelly’s 2002 “Air Force Ones.” However, it’s no secret the shoe has not really stood the test of time. You don’t catch too many people nowadays styling AF1s, unless they’re the all-white lows. And now, it seems like every year the designs get louder and higher, with more straps, bells and whistles to keep up with fresh new releases. What we are here for is what’s on the strap of this sneaker, the word “EQUALITY.”

Jordan Trunner

JORDAN TRUNNER LX

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These would get Roy Jones Jr.’s approval. The former six-time, four-weight class world boxing champion used to endorse this Jordan Brand cross-training shoe back in the day. If the only boxer in history to win a heavyweight title after a starting as a light middleweight can work out in these Trunners, we average Joes can wear them to Planet Fitness in honor of black history.

Nike LunarEpic

NIKE LUNAREPIC

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These are subtly swaggy. To be honest, if you didn’t know they were a part of the 2017 BHM collection, you’d probably just think they were a normal Nike Running black-gold-and-gray colorway. Raise your Black Power fist if you’d cross the finish line of your next local 5K sporting these.

Men’s Air Jordan 1 & Girls’ Air Jordan 1

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There’s a special holiday in the middle of February for all the lovers out there. Valentine’s Day has already passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give your significant other another gift. These Air Jordan 1s — the black with the gold trim in men’s sizes, and the gold with the black trim in girls’ sizes — are the perfect his-and-hers shoes to celebrate black love during Black History Month.

LeBron 14

LEBRON 14

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These BHM LeBron 14s would be higher on this list, but, to be honest, they’re pretty plain — especially compared with some of LeBron James’ past BHM releases. Usually The King’s kicks paying homage to black heritage are glitzy, with weird patterns and vibrant colors, just crazy enough to make both a cultural statement and turn the heads of fashion-forward sneakerheads in the process. Don’t get me wrong, this is a solid shoe that could be worn on the court long after Black History Month. The only thing is the BHM 14s don’t hold a candle to James’ rainbow-themed BHM 13s.

KD 9

KD 9

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Like the LeBron 14s, these are practical, and they work. The BHM KD 9s are reminiscent of the Air Jordan 12 Taxi, though the colors are flipped — white instead of black on the toe, with black from mid-shoe to the heel. The gold accents and Kevin Durant’s signature on the insoles are nice touches.

Women’s NikeCourt Flare

WOMENS NIKECOURT FLARE

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Remember when Michael Jordan presented his fellow greatest of all time athlete Serena Williams with a custom black-and-red Air Jordan 1-inspired pair of her NikeCourt Flare tennis shoes when she won her 23rd career Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January? They were fire. And now the #BlackGirlMagic she embodies is channeled in the Black History Month edition of her Flares. With the black-and-white marbling and gold Nike swoosh, these shoes are absolutely beautiful.

Kyrie 3

KYRIE 3

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There’s no question that Kyrie Irving is the future of Nike. He’s young. He’s a superstar point guard who shows up in big games and has good taste in kicks. All three editions of his signature sneaker have been designed to perfection, including the All-Star edition of his first sneaker, which dropped in 2015. With Nike not releasing an All-Star collection in 2017, Irving will miss out on releasing All-Star Kyries for the second-straight year. (He missed the All-Star Game in 2016.) “We’ll move on to another moment,” Irving told Complex of Nike’s decision. That moment is his glorious Black History Month Kyrie 3, with the black-and-white marble sole and classy gold-embroidered “BHM” behind the shoe’s tongue.

This shoe, and Black History Month, mean a lot to Irving.

“Personally, it’s definitely more than just a movement. It’s more or less the truth that I’ve been living my entire life. Being able to not only celebrate just the month, but the lives of people who have come before me,” Irving continued to Complex. “… This is only a small step. A lot of the fight and a lot of the courage and pride that we all have comes from within, and we just need to release it to the world.”

The All-Star Game is three days after the BHM Kyries release. Maybe at tipoff, they’ll be on his feet.

Aaron Dodson is an associate editor at The Undefeated. Often mistaken for Aaron Dobson, formerly of the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, he was one letter away from being an NFL wide receiver.

In honor of Black History Month, Nike has released a collection of limited edition Nike and Jordan apparel. The Nike 2017 Black History Month (BHM) collection is an annual series the megabrand creates to celebrate Black heritage “and the power of sport to fuel community action to create positive change.”

The 2017 collection features decorative black-and-white marbling, with each piece punctuated with gold accents to symbolize “the power of coming together and the aspiration of unity,” according to the brand.

At the center of the collection are seven pairs of performance- and street-ready footwear. An Air Force 1 high-top for men, an Air Force 1 Upstep sneaker for women, and special-edition Air Jordan 1s for men and kids are the pairs that stand out immediately for street wear, with classic Nike silhouettes brought to new life with paint-swirl neutral patterns of black and white and eye-catching metallic grommets, piping, and accenting. The Air Force Hi’s include an ankle strap emblazoned with the word Equality.

The collection also includes three pairs of workout-ready sneakers: the Serena Williams’ Nike Flare with a woven ankle cuff, the Nike Lunar Epic with the brand’s signature Flyknit tech, and Jordan Trunner — a training hybrid you can wear straight from a 5K into the Crossfit box.

If basketball is your thing, Nike has also made over the Lebron 14, the Kyrie 3, and the KD9.

In addition to shoes, this year’s offering introduces a special edition MVP jacket and pant and the highly popular “Equality” graphic T-shirt.

While the collection aims to raise awareness, Nike is also taking profits and putting them to good use. The brand has stated that proceeds from the collection will be used to support numerous organizations that provide services to underrepresented youth. Long-time partners of this annual collection include the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs, National Head Start, and Coach Across America.

This year, Nike added two new partnerships — one with MENTOR and another with PeacePlayers International — to expand opportunities for youth and to promote diversity, inclusion, and equality across the U.S.

The 2017 Black History Month collection will be available at select Nike retailers and on Nike.com on February 16, while the Jordan Brand sneakers will be available for purchase a little earlier, on February 11.

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Kyrie Irving 3 And Nike’s Black History Month Collection: All-Star Game Reveal and Shoe Preview

February 16 is going to be a pretty big day for sneaker releases. Not only will we see the Air Jordan XXX1 All-Star “Gotta Shine” model and two different adidas Ultra Boosts hit stores, it’s also the day Nike unveils its Black History Month (BHM) collection.

Image via Nike

The Kyrie (Irving) 3, LeBron (James) 14 and KD (Kevin Durant) 9 are all getting BHM editions. There are nine 9 BHM editions in total, but the Kyrie, LeBron and KD models are the most high profile.

Each shoe is accented by a decorative marbling that blends black and white. Per Kicks on Fire, this is a “reference to the strength of harmonious movement. Each design in the collection is also punctuated by gold accents, reminders of the power of coming together and the aspiration of unity.”

Here’s a look at all three sneakers:

Is the Nike Kyrie 3 “BHM” the best of the Black History Month bunch? https://t.co/lXpnKxtXhy pic.twitter.com/v5H9ZnhMDl

— Sneaker News (@SneakerNews) February 5, 2017

The Nike Zoom KD 9 “BHM” releases February 16 for $160 pic.twitter.com/OIJeLSX6Gm

— B/R Kicks (@br_kicks) February 4, 2017

The Nike LeBron 14 “BHM” releases Thursday, February 16 pic.twitter.com/lvzs7LzFtG

— B/R Kicks (@br_kicks) February 14, 2017

The All-Star Shoe

In past years, Nike has released special All-Star editions for their top players. This year, Nike has elected to have each player wear their BHM editions in the All-Star Game.

That exhibition being placed so close to the retail release date could provide an extra spark in sales.

Nike BHM Collection Prices

Per SoleCollector.com, here is the suggested retail value for each sneaker:

  • Kyrie 3 – $120
  • KD 9 – $160
  • LeBron 14 – $175

By industry standards, these are slightly lower prices than we’ve seen in the past. Last year, LeBron’s BHM editions carried a $220 price tag. Durant’s were $180 and Irving’s are holding solid at $120. It may only seem like a few dollars, but there’s reason to believe this is part of Nike’s plan to open up their collection to even more consumers.

I spoke with Neil Schwartz, the Vice President of Market Insights at SportsOneSource, and he said:

“Nike has implemented a strategy of using lower price points in order to stimulate Basketball sales for many of the newer releases. We are seeing lower average selling prices and that has stimulated the category for many of the marquee shoes from players like Lebron, Kyrie and KD.”

Ranking the BHM Editions

Deciding which if any of the BHM editions comes down to preference, of course. What exactly are you looking for in a sneaker? If you’re a collector, this is the type of release that just feels like a necessity for your shoe room.

If you’re simply going on cosmetics, I’m head over heels for the Kyrie design. It’s just more my style with an appropriate portion of the marble peaking out. The KDs would be second followed by LeBrons.

That’s not to say I dislike any of the three, but that would be my order of preference. If we’re talking about performance, the Kyrie shoe might still top the list. WeAreTesters.com wrote this to summarize their experience with the shoe:

Not sure how to describe it exactly. All I know is that they played well for what they offer. I definitely need more cushion as my knees absolutely hate me the following day after wearing these, but other than that I think the shoe is pretty solid.

It really comes down to what performance attribute you have as your top priority. If cushion is your main need then you should already know what that means for you and the Kyrie 3. But if court feel and traction are your only concerns then these might be your new best friend.

The KD 9 also got favorable reviews, though not as glowing as the ones for the Kyrie 3. The LeBron 14 still hasn’t been reviewed, as it is still a pretty new release.

In any case, every interested eye figures to be focused on the feet of Irving, James and Durant in the All-Star Game when the BHM editions get their first mainstream visibility.

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