With his backward cap and baseball trainers, Ken Griffey Jr. certainly made his mark on the fashion scene, but it was his phenomenal performances on the diamond that made him legendary. Touted as one of professional baseball most popular players of all time, Griffey’s legacy lives on with the Nike line of Air Griffey shoes.
The Nike Air Griffey Max I, originally released in 1996, has become a favorite of baseball fans and sneaker enthusiasts. When coordinating his ideas with the Nike design team, Griffey was quite vocal about his desire for a colorful, bright shoe with a large swoosh and a strap — a shoe that really stood out. In addition to the appearance, creating an off-the-field version of his shoe was vital to Griffey, whose dream it had been since the age of 14 to have a signature shoe. Boasting the comfort only found in a Max Air midsole with the style and swagger made famous by Griffey, the Nike Griffey Max I quickly became one of the most iconic Nike shoes of the ’90s.