Doernbecher X Isaac Arzate
Isaac Arzate was just 12 years old when he was selected for the 2012 Doernbecher Freestyle program and he went to the drawing board, creating his own Jordan 5. A Nike fan and talented athlete, Isaac dealt a no-hitter in baseball and his team went undefeated in basketball. He was a true warrior, surviving open-heart surgery. The shoe features words plastered all over it, describing Isaac. They have the numbers 9 and 31, those were his numbers while playing sports. The shoes are mostly black to the naked eye, but they really come to life when placed under a blacklight. The sock liner also features a poem Isaac wrote the day before he passed; “My team/my family/We are brothers forever/No matter what.” Isaac will forever live on through the special pair of sneakers. As we will continue to spread positive vibrations through stories like his.”
What is the Air Jordan 5?
Another great Tinker Hatfield design; the inspiration for these came from a World War II fighter plane. Debuted in the ’89-’90 season, MJ dropped his career high 69 points in these. The Jordan 5 was the first of many. It was the first to feature a “lace lock” and also had the clear sole; both have been used in many iconic shoes in the Jordan line. These details are seen today on other models within and outside of the Nike brand.
What is the Doernbecher Foundation?
In 2004 Nike began a partnership with the Doernbecher Foundation that brings a Nike designer together with a patient at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland to design a one of a kind sneaker. The proceeds from this shoe go directly back to the hospital, they’ve raised more than six million dollars from this program and it shows no signs of slowing.