Nike Cancels Release of Airforce 1 “Puerto Rico” Due To Panamania Backlash

Nike cancels the scheduled release of this year’s Puerto Rico inspired Airforce 1.

Already imagined, I should say that this year’s Airforce 1 was a winner. A pair covers the heel and quarter panels in a beautiful and colourful mosaic pattern. Its tongue and heel stick has a conventional touch with mismatched blue and red branding. Offwhite dots fill the Swooshs, giving the otherwise white leather make up a classy touch.

Unfortunately, on the 22nd of May Nike cancelled the release of the kicks. A pair uses Mola print which is originally Panamanian. As a result, this association of the print with the Puerto Rican culture is a major misrepresentation of its origin and appears disrespectful to the Panamanians to whom this has a huge cultural significance.

A petition was, therefore, signed voicing out this discrepancy on the part of Nike. Nike issued a public statement apologising for its misrepresentation of the origin of the Mola print and imminently cancelled its release.

One notable reaction on Instagram is that of sneaker aficionado, DJ Clark Kent expressing his insight on where the print originated from.

What are you thoughts on the cancellation of the sneaker’s release ?

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