For our latest concept, we decided to mix running and baseball by taking the Air Max 97 and giving it an LA Dodgers-themed makeover. Even if you’re not from LA or into baseball, you have likely heard of the Dodgers, or at least seen their caps. So, for such an iconic team, it was only right for us to pair it with an equally iconic sneaker.
Our concept comes in a white mesh base, with royal blue, university blue, and black leather stripes circling the upper. The laces and tags on the tongue and heel are royal blue, whilst the Nike Swooshes on the sneaker are black. The midsole comes in university blue with a clear full-length Air bubble, and the outsole is dressed in white.
We took inspiration from the LA Dodgers, the iconic Los Angeles-based baseball team that uses blue and white as their team colors. Our reasoning for this was that whilst the Dodgers served as inspiration for all kinds of clothing and hats, they rarely influence a pair of shoes. And when they have, it has been in the form of the Air Force 1, the Vans Sk8-Hi, and the LeBron 7. Don’t get us wrong, these are all great shoes with interesting connections to the LA Dodgers. But there are so many nice shoes that would look great in Dodgers-themed detailing that have never been given the chance.
We hoped to rectify this, and in the process design a good-looking sneaker that would be fit for any baseball game trip. The choice to use the Air Max 97 was because of its comfortable fit, which would be perfect for wearing during a long baseball game. But also because of how well its stripes worked with the chosen color scheme. We decided to add in some black to contrast with the white detailing. And although the lighter blue doesn’t necessarily fit the Dodgers colors of today, it is reminiscent of the blue on the old Brooklyn Dodgers jerseys before they came to Los Angeles.
As a result, these Air Max 97s would be the ideal sneaker to wear to a Dodger’s home game or with a Dodgers fitted cap. But the sneakers aren’t obvious enough about their baseball inspiration that they