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Despite Colin Kaepernick receiving a total of ZERO offers from the NFL, Nike still apparently considers him relevant enough to produce a signature Kaepernick shoe that is set to release in December, according to reports.
Former teammate Eric Reid teased the design of the Kaepernick shoe on Instagram, which features a silhoutte of the has-been controversial football player on the heel.
Here’s the photo Reid shared:
Nike's figures have reportedly shot up since endorsing Kaepernick.
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Roughly 14 months since Nike signed Colin Kaepernick to a new star-level endorsement deal, the signature shoe that was the centerpiece of the agreement is set to be rolled out in December, shoe industry sources told Yahoo Sports.
The inclusion of a shoe and a Kaepernick branded “Icon” jersey was first reported by Yahoo Sports in 2018, with his footwear rollout speculated to be on track for the 2019 holiday season. Sources told Yahoo Sports this week that Nike is expecting a nationwide release of the shoe early next month as it continues to develop the company’s endorsement strategy around Kaepernick.
Although the total number of Icon jerseys sold by Nike is unknown, the February online release of that item sold out in a matter of hours. Priced at $150 upon release, the authentic versions of the Nike jersey now sell on the secondary market for $300 or more. Counterfeit versions of the jersey have also spread across secondary clothing sites for $50 or more.
Sources declined to say how many Kaepernick shoes Nike would release, but the projected demand has been strong enough that the apparel giant ramped up production figures during the course of development.
Images of Colin Kaepernick’s shoe have popped up
Images of the shoe have leaked in recent days, with Kaepernick appearing to wear a pair of them while stretching at his recent Atlanta workout.
Kaepernick confidant and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid also posted a photo of the shoes on his Instagram on Sunday, with the caption: “Game day fit You already know #ImwithKap y’all see the kicks”.
Fox Business also had the following to say about the Kaepernick Nike shoe:
Nike is expected to release the shoe across the U.S. in December as the company continues to develop a marketing strategy around the free-agent quarterback, industry sources told Yahoo Sports on Thursday.
While it's unclear how many shoes the company will release, Nike reportedly believes that the demand for the item forced the apparel conglomerate to increase production numbers.
Kaepernick's former teammate, and current Carolina Panthers defensive back Eric Reid, appeared to have teased the quarterback's signature shoe on Instagram earlier this week.
He paired the kicks on top of a Kaepernick Nike jersey, which was released last year when the company announced an endorsement deal with him.