Not a joke: Kaepernick and Nike set to release shoe designed for kneeling

Not a joke: Kaepernick and Nike set to release shoe designed for kneeling - Nine Line Apparel

How’s this for some holiday cheer?

It’s too late for Christmas, but you might be able to brighten someone’s New Year with a “joyous” pair of Colin Kaepernick x Nike Air Force 1 Low sneakers commemorating the very first day Kaep took a knee on the football field. Riiiight.

Per, "This special edition Nike Air Force 1 comes dressed in a Black and White color scheme. It features a Black leather upper, a gradient-faded Swoosh on the sides completed with several personal details. A hangtag with Kaep’s number 7 atop a White midsole and icy translucent outsole with the date Colin first took a knee in protest “8/14/16” on the right shoe finishes the design."

That’s the SOLE of the right shoe, so when you bend your right knee in protest, the fateful date is visible. Of course, you don’t have to be on your knees in protest to reveal the sole. Anything one does on one’s knees will work.

The “personal details” include little caricatures of Kaepernick’s head on the heels of the shoe.

That happens to be the same spot where Nike originally put the Betsy Ross flag on shoes – which the company later pulled off the shelves after Colin complained it was RACIST. A pair of those shoes is going for $2,849 on eBay as of this writing.

Colin’s new kneelers are going to be priced at $110 apparently and released December 28th.

It’s an odd time frankly to be releasing this shoe. Apparently Kaepernick first debuted the shoe at his showcase workout in Atlanta which resulted in him getting exactly zero interest from any NFL teams. You might recall Kaepernick set up his own workout at the last minute after he couldn’t agree with “media terms” with the NFL, who initially organized the showcase. Maybe the NFL didn’t want to be a shill for Kaepernick’s kneeling shoes.

Isn’t it amazing the mileage money he and Nike are wringing out of his shenanigans? It all started during a pre-season opener in the summer of 2016 when Kaep was playing for the San Francisco 49ers. He had a shoulder injury and wasn’t playing in that game anyway, but he remained seated during the national anthem.

By the third week of his protests, Kaepernick had garnered national attention. So much so that during the annual “salute to the military” preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, he was reportedly booed before every snap of his 16 plays.

He finished out the 2016 season, and hasn’t snapped a ball for an NFL team since. Oh well. Actions do indeed have consequences.

Here at Nine Line, we take a strong stand on standing. And you can still get holiday deals on our famous “Just Stand” t-shirts.


Be sure to get yours so you’ll be suitably attired when those kneelers hit the stores.




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  • Otto

    I kneel before God. Kneeling before anything else is idolatry.

  • Martha

    I have my " Just Stand " shirt…but even bettèr , I took the black and white nike shoes, blacked out the curve of the nike logo and filled in the white line with a metallic blue paint marker to show my support for the “BLUE LINE”! Now I wear ’em for the BLUE!

  • Jason

    10 years in the service in 2 branches. Nike is the bigget seller on every base around the world. How much do they wring out of young service members only to slap their faces with this garbage. I will NEVER buy another Nike product. Not even for my pro teams I support.

    Keep up the great work. I have my 9L “I Stand…” shirt. Thanks fellow vets.

  • Josh

    I use to only wear Nike and I had many pairs as I was in the military for 12 years and many many miles on my feet doing pt. Nike will never get another dime from me. Un-American as it gets.

  • Adele Rodgers

    My entire family (approximately 228 people) has not purchased anything from Nike since Krapperdick took a knee….we will continue our boycott and encourage others to do the same!!
    Your Company is a disgrace 😠😠😠

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