Here’s a first look at Nike’s ‘Puerto Rico’ sneakers ahead of their re-release this summer

The third time might just be the charm for NikeThe limited edition Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico” sneakers. Having canceled the shoe’s release twice – once in 2019 and again in 2020 – it’s probably safe to say that Nike doesn’t want to score a third strike with its latest design.

If you can’t remember what happened to the first two iterations of the Nike Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico” sneakers, here’s a little roundup. In 2019, the shoe’s release was halted after an indigenous group in South America revealed that the pattern on the sneakers was a traditional “mola” pattern of the Guna people in Panama and Colombia and had nothing to do with Puerto Rico.

The following year, Nike again attempted to release the Nike Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico” sneakers, but had to pull the plug when the Puerto Rican flag was printed upside down on the shoe’s tongue.

Now, with its third release, it looks like Nike got it right. The new design is a white low top with a light blue Nike swoosh and a teal colored outsole. A silver accessory is featured at the base of the laces – one with the words “Puerto Rico” and the other with the image of a domino.

On the back of the shoe, the words “Nike Air” and “Puerto Rico” are printed in teal. There’s also red text on a tab inside the tongue that reads, “Built with pure craftsmanship and quality detailing for the highest level of style.” The insoles of the shoes are decorated with several words and phrases in different fonts and colors, including “Mi gente”, “Pa L’ante Wepa”, “Boricua”, “Familia”, and “Viejo San Juan”.

The Nike Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico” sneakers are set to release in June 2022.

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