Falcons fans traveling to New England for Sunday night’s Super Bowl LI rematch may not appreciate the reminder but the Patriots will be putting a one-of-a-kind shoe on display this weekend—one made from game balls from last February’s comeback victory.
Nike’s footwear development team took apart two of the Patriots game balls and used the materials to construct a one-of-a-kind shoe that uniquely pays homage to the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Eventually, it’ll go on the auction block but only one shoe was made, so don’t look for any sudden fashion trend.
The tongue of the shoe is made from the laces of the game balls, and the shoe also features the original markings from the balls displayed throughout the heel, toe box and tongue. The entire shoe was made at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Designers made sure that the Super Bowl LI logo was prominently featured near the toe of the sneaker. The Patriots’ logo from the ball is at the center of the heel.
It’s part of an ongoing partnership between Nike and Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft. Patriots Nike shoes designed for Kraft have not only become an annual tradition for Patriots fans and sneakerheads alike, but have also raised a seven-figure sum to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.
The morning of the Patriots’ prime time season opener in September, Kraft greeted fans at the Patriots ProShop for the launch of the fourth Nike RKK Air Force 1 Flyknit sneaker, which also commemorated Super Bowl LI.