words // Nick Engvall
When news of the return of one of the most sought after colorways of the original Griffey Max would be retroed, naturally, we took a look back at the mid-nineties in one of our Eastbay Memory Lane posts. While there have been a handful of colorways of the Nike Air Griffey Max 1 over the years, in both new and original variations, the “Emeralds” as most know them, have always remained a cherished colorway for Ken Griffey Jr fans.
The day has finally arrived that those waiting patiently for the arrival of this colorway is here. In what seems to be almost an exact replication of the original colorway from The Kid’s days in Seattle, the Black, White and Freshwater colorway of the first signature Ken Griffey shoe is now available. The aqua-like color taking up the majority of the upper amidst the predominantly black shoe, is accented with just a touch of Varsity Red on the outsole and tongue loop. White helps the colorway pop by filling in the Swoosh and accenting the Air Max cushioning in both the heel and forefoot. We may not get to see The Kid on the field these days but we can relive some of those memorable plays while admiring the latest colorway of the Nike Air Griffey Max.
words // Nick Engvall
The mid-nineties for many of us who were old enough to enjoy it, was one of the greatest eras for sneakers. Aside from the obvious basketball shoes that have since “become legendary,” there was the growth of Nike Training and the emergence of the incredible line of Ken Griffey Jr shoes. In the coming weeks, Nike will bring back one of the most memorable shoes to ever be worn on a baseball diamond which means that this week’s Eastbay Memory Lane gives us a chance to revisit a classic.
The “Emerald” Nike Air Griffey Max has yet be released in retro form since it released back in the mid-nineties. Back then, there weren’t many colors on the ball field that were outside of the standard black, white, red and blue. The Air Griffey Max became one of the first to step outside the metaphorical batter’s box of baseball cleat colors, and in large part because of that, The Kid’s signature shoes are still a popular model today.
The unique thing about the Emerald colorway of the Air Griffey Max, aside from it being never released as a retro, is the fact that Junior and Seattle Mariners were also going through a transition in their jersey colors. The change from the Royal Blue and Yellow Mariners jerseys to the Navy and Teal was the beginning of alternate jerseys, which for Junior meant that his Emerald Air Griffey Max was the perfect match for the young and exciting team in Seattle with a whole new look.
09/24/2010 Air Griffey Max GD II
395917-003 Black/Black-Varsity Royal