Over the last decade, the Virginia Tech Hokies have been perhaps the nation’s most consistent football program. With their 37-7 beatdown of in-state rival this past Saturday, Tech extended their active record of seven consecutive 10+ win seasons. The school also has the nation’s second-longest bowl game streak, participating in the postseason every year since 1993. Next up for the Hokies? A date with the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC Championship Game on December 4th.
Acknowledging Virginia Tech’s rich heritage, Nike made the school part of their 2010 Pro Combat program. As part of Pro Combat, Virginia Tech received custom uniforms and footwear to wear during the season. When onlookers saw the uniform designs, they questioned why they were done in black instead of Hokies maroon. The answer came at the official unveiling, when alum Col. Rock Roszak was on hand to help explain the concept.
As you probably know, Virginia Tech has a prestigious military background that traces as far back as 1872. Their Corps of Cadets has produced 7 Medal of Honor recipients and over 100 graduates that have been promoted to General and Flag Officer Rank. The black Pro Combat uniforms worn by the Hokies this season were done in tribute to the Corps of Cadets, as well the cadet gray-and-black regalia worn by Virginia Tech’s original football team.
Nike didn’t limit the Pro Combat collection to on-field gear. For the 10 teams that were selected for the program this season, Nike also designed custom versions of the Zoom Huarache Trainer, including a pair for the Virginia Tech faithful. Like the Pro Combat uniforms, the VT Zoom Huarache Trainer features a black on black synthetic and mesh exoskeleton. Hits of orange turn up on the inner bootie, tongue branding, trim, heel counter Swoosh and outsole. Capping off this sleek looking sneaker is a custom Virginia Tech branded orange insole.
Available: Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer Pro Combat Collection