words // Nick Engvall

If you’re into sneakers in any way, you know that when it comes to combining style cues from multiple silhouettes, it can be very hit or miss. Even something simple like changing the material or cushioning from dated materials and technology into something that can live up to today’s standards can turn some people away.

In recent years Nike, like always, has taken classic styles and morphed them into new designs packed with new technology. The 1/2 Cent, Air Maxim 1 and a number of other Torch-infused runners are some of their recent successes with this approach. Their latest creation is the newest Ken Griffey Jr.-inspired model, the Nike Air Max Jr, which takes the popular design cues from the Nike Air Griffey Max and combines it with a breathable Torch upper and the comfort of a 360 Air Max sole. The first of the Air Max Jr colorways combines the colors of the second team in Griffey’s storied career, the Black and Varsity Red of the Cincinnati Reds.

Will this latest addition to the Griffey line make it into your collection?


Available now: Nike Air Max Jr

Nike Air Max Jr. Black/Varsity Red