It’s been more than two years since the last Doernbecher sneaker release (not including the incredible charity auction event for the Air Jordan 1 “What The Doernbecher”), but it appears as though Nike, Inc. will resume this illustrious tradition in 2022. To those who are unfamiliar with the Doernbecher sneaker: Nike has partnered with the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, OR, since 2007 to create the Doernbecher Freestyle, a fun and engaging design experience that pairs a child patient with a Nike design team. The brave individuals are given the opportunity to customise and colour an existing shoe however they wish, with Nike guiding them through the process. Nike releases the shoes to the public each year, with all proceeds benefiting OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. To date, over $29 million has been raised.
While it is not confirmed that the Doernbecher Freestyle will return in 2022, this first look at a sample pair of the Air Jordan 5 Low suggests that this illustrious tradition will triumphantly return. It’s decorated in a vibrant palette of blue, red, orange, and green, with elbow macaroni patterns on the toe box and bold striping on the inner lining and heel tab. A mac-and-cheese lace dubrae hints at the young designer’s favourite food, while “MDW” hints at his/her initials.
Additional information will be forthcoming, so check out the first look images ahead and stay tuned.