Although almost everyone in the sneaker community is excited for Saturday’s release of the highly anticipated Jordan XII Concord release, let’s just take a few moments to appreciate these six amazing sneakers designed by kids as apart of the Doernbecher x Nike Air 2018 freestyle program. The Doernbecher program grants young patients at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital the opportunity to design their very own Nike sneaker. The Doernbecher Program started 15 years ago, in that time, raising almost 20 million dollars for the Doernbecher Hospital. The shoes will release December 14th on SNKRS (North America) in both mens and kids sizes as well as an apparel collection the following day on Nike.com. I, myself am hoping to get at least one pair of shoes and apparel because, well I’m a sucker for a good cause. Let’s check out the designs.
First up, and by far my favorite are the Nike SB Dunk Pro Low, these are also the pair I’m after. Designed by 12 year old Joey Bates, the green and gold color-way represents his favorite football team. The turtle shell design on the swoosh is symbolic of his favorite toy (and most prized possession) while the chicken logo embossed on the heel expresses his love for chicken. One thing Joey knew from the Jump? His shoe was going to be gold and green. Joey’s Nike SB retails for $90.
These Nike Air Max 270’s were designed by 9 year old Aiden Barber, the idea behind his design is simple but it’s probably the most meaningful. The camouflage design is a tribute to Aiden’s hero who just so happens to be his cousin that currently serves in the military. Aiden said he felt like a boss when asking his team “are you ready for this?!” Well Aiden, nope, I wasn’t ready. How did he know Camo is my favorite color?! The 270’s will go for $150.
The Nike Air Max 97 silhouette designed by 16 year old Kristen Brown, recovering from a stroke and heart transplant, Kristen has 5-18-16 on her shoe which is the date of her heart transplant. It also features SRVVR printed on the side. I love that these are simple, but have so much meaning. Kristen says the hardest part about designing her shoe was narrowing down all of her ideas! Kristen’s 97’s are priced at $170.
This isn’t the most popular Jordan Silhouette, but by far one of the most anticipated Doernbecher 2018 releases. The Jordan XV Designed by 11 year old Donovon Dinneen, being a huge fan of anime features a suede dragon print upper. Donovon worked really hard with his team of designers to feature details about his family on his shoe. Retail price on these will be $190.
In my opinion these are the most unique out of the 2018 Doernbecher collection, the Nike Zoom Fly SP designed by Payton Fentress, 12 years old. The design of these are inspired by Payton’s love for baseball, when asked what his favorite part about the shoe making process was, he said seeing all of his ideas come together was the best part. The Nike Zoom Fly SP will be retailing for $170.
Last but certainly no least is the Nike Air Force 1 Low designed by 10 year old Chole Swientek. Chole faces challenges with Cystic Fibrosis, and she wanted to make sure he shoe featured CF on the left sole. It also features Cure on the right sole. Wanting to add details about her parents on her shoe, each tongue features a shout out to her mom and dad. Her favorite part of the design process was seeing all of the prototypes — having a few before perfecting her design. The Air Force 1 will be retailing for $90.