Since at least 2005, shoe brands have been releasing special edition sneakers for Black History Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These releases are a way for apparel companies to recognize the massive impact African-American athletes have had in sports. This year, both Adidas and Nike put out ‘BHM’ basketball sneakers and we have a more detailed look of each of these shoes below.
In the past, Adidas highlighted a different historic black athlete every year with their Black History Month collection. This year, Adidas didn’t honor anyone in particular. The 2019 collection features three shoes, two of which are basketball shoes and are pictured following the next paragraph.
Another shoe was initially released but Adidas recalled it after backlash. They put out a pair of all white/cream Ultra Boost Uncharged sneakers under the colorway name “Celebrating Black Culture.” People were upset for obvious reasons, as this design should have never been approved in the first place.
Nike, in conjunction with Jordan Brand and Converse, released a huge array of ‘BHM’ shoes this year. Five of these shoes were signature basketball sneakers and are pictured below. Shoes from this collection are available to purchase via the Nike website.