This month represents so many different accomplishments and feelings, and it gives us a chance to celebrate some of the greatest people in history. During this time of year, we are blessed with brands giving us their takes on what Black History Month means to them. We have seen colorways that celebrate the achievements, the breaking of barriers, and the culture and swag that is Black History. Here are just a few of the sneakers that brings all of this and more to the court:
Adidas Harden 1 “Arthur Ashe”
Nike KD 5 “BHM”
Nike Kobe 6 “BHM”
Nike Kyrie 4 “Equality”
Nike Lebron 16 “Equality”
Adidas Dame 5 “Harlem Renaissance”
We have also seen the “BHM” sneakers pop up at a Duke practice when new Duke’s Women’s basketball coach and former WNBA star, Kara Lawson, hit the court in the Kobe 11 low elite “BHM” – a super clean low top sneak with a white midsole and an black, multicolor, and blue upper. These shoes represent the grit and grind of what black culture means to these individuals. Back in 2019, Adidas gave us their Black History Month collection and each shoes’ colorway was inspired by the Harlem Renaissance: a time where African American music, dance, art, literature, and theater was on full display in Harlem, New York spanning from the 1920s into the 1930s. Nike centered their BHM campaign in the past around Equality and the Kyrie 4 and Lebron 15 were stamped with the message. The Lebron 16 came in a mismatched pair of black and white sneakers, that called for equality in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Every year the bar is raised higher as brands and athletes put what they feel and need to be heard and felt into these sneakers. Each year, these collections are one of the collections that are most looked forward to and never disappoint. From the swag, the vibe, the groove, and the old faithful two step, February is a month to celebrate everything there is about Black culture.