The Nike Doernbecher Freestyle Collection is somewhat comparable to Christmas since it is annual tradition that takes place around this time of the year. Like ever year, Nike continued this tradition once again in 2016 and this year, a highly coveted and iconic Air Jordan silhouette was included in the Doerbecher Freestyle Collection. This ended up being the Air Jordan 7 “Doernbecher,” which was designed by Damien Philips who was formerly a patient at Oregon’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. When designing the sneaker, Damien was inspired by hobby of guitar playing, the fact that he is currently suffering from hemophilia, and his love for the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan.
As far as the design of this sneaker is concerned, its uppers are dressed up in a color scheme of Black and Red, while Metallic Gold-colored detailing can be spotted here and there. Nike claims that Damien’s choice of a “Bred” color scheme was his way of paying tribute to his favorite basketball team, the Chicago Bulls. Nike further added that Damien felt extremely proud of his design and was hoping that someday, Michael Jordan himself would rock the Air Jordan 7 “Doernbecher.” Despite his hemophilia diagnosis, Damien Philips has proven to be tremendously courageous and was quite joyful when he was chosen to design an Air Jordan sneaker.
Of course, since this was not a typical Air Jordan 7 release, Damien also added a few personalized details to this sneaker that make it unique and set it apart. Namely, the bottom of each translucent outsole features a cartoon sketch of Damien playing his guitar while laced up in this Air Jordan 7 “Doernbecher.” The Nike Doernbecher Freestyle Collection also includes several other models from both Jordan Brand and Nike, such as the second installment from Kyrie Irving’s signature line, the Kyrie 2.
As sneakerheads probably already know by now, all proceeds generated by these Nike collections are donated to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Adult sneakerheads will be able to cop an Air Jordan 7 “Doernbecher” pair on December 17th at a price of $190, while kids-sized pairs will also be available on the same date for $140.
Air Jordan 7 “Doernbecher”
Black/University Red-Metallic Gold
Release Date: December 17th, 2016
898651-015 | $190