Obligatory “Deflategate” comment incoming. Once that’s out of your system, we can get to how awesome and unique these shoes are.
Traditional Air Force 1’s remain a classic shoe that never goes out of style. But what the New England Patriots and Nike have teamed up for here is truly one of a kind.
On Thursday, they unveiled a pair of the iconic sneaker made from footballs used during Super Bowl LI. The Patriots rallied from 28-3 in that game to cap the greatest comeback in championship history.
The backstory makes an already attractive shoe all the more appealing for the deep-pocketed collector.
Nike makes an Air Force 1 using game-used footballs to commemorate Patriots Super Bowl LI comeback, only pair to be auctioned by Pats pic.twitter.com/And94qgjue
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 19, 2017
It’s important to stress “deep pocketed.” The only pair known to be in existence is going to be auctioned off by the Patriots. The average fan would likely have to mortgage his home to have a chance to bring these sneakers home.
For those without the means to bring them home, they’ll still get the chance to see them in a public viewing setting. According to the Patriots there will be a few separate opportunities over the weekend to get a look at the shoe before they become part of a private collection.
“The shoe will be on display for public viewing at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with paid admission and at the Patriots ProShop from 3:00 p.m. until close on Sunday, Oct. 22 for the Patriots-Falcons game (8:30 p.m. kickoff). “
The epic comeback might have been the final shot of the great New England Patriots dynasty that has ruled professional football for the last 15-years. The Pats are off to a slow start (for them), and are squeaking by opponents they would typically beat by three touchdowns. Perhaps it’s a hangover from a great 2016 season, or perhaps Tom Brady is showing his age.
Either way, the GOAT once tossed around the shoes in the greatest comeback in football history. So if you’re in the area, be sure to swing by.