The Doernbecher shoes have been unveiled and this year is especially important as the Jordan VII designer, Damian Phillips, is affected by Hemophilia. This is near and dear to my heart as I have a family member with Hemophilia and I have been very involved supporting this community. My only concern now is spending too much money trying to buy all the pairs.
Here is more info on the release from Nike.com:
When Michael Doherty, Nike’s Creative Director, Global Brand Presentation, and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation board member, helped initiate the Doernbecher Freestyle program in 2003, he’d been hard pressed to imagine its impact on both local and global communities.
The program invites patients from OHSU Doernbecher to design footwear and apparel, allowing their creative impulse (and love of sport) to shine. Over the years, patient-designers have worked on some of Nike’s most iconic silhouettes, from the Nike Air Max 95 and Nike Free Run 2 to the Air Jordan III and Air Jordan IX. At times, their visions have transcended the original design — the Doernbecher Freestyle release becoming known, above all, by the respective patient-designer’s name.
Shoe: Air Jordan VII Retro
Apparel: Full zip hoody, hat
“My primary inspirations for the shoe were a guitar and Chicago’s basketball team. I had an amazing experience doing something I’ve never done before. It surprised me that I got such an amazing team and had so many options for a shoe. My favorite part of the shoe-making process was choosing the material. It positively impacted my life through meeting new people and getting me out in the world.”