Surprising many sneakerheads, Nike and Jordan Brand in conjunction with Doernbecher Children's Hospital revealed the Air Jordan 5 "Doernbecher" on Wednesday. Designed by Isaac Arzate as part of the program's 2012 edition, the shoe is a tribute to the 12-year-old athlete who passed away in April of that same year.
Originally admitted to Doernbecher from Salem because of a mysterious heart attack, Arzate was diagnosed with an abnormality in his heart that is among the most common causes for heart attacks of children his age. Arzate was supposed to be a part of the 2012 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection when he suffered a second heart attack that he unfortunately was unable to survive from. As a tribute to the child, Nike and Doernbecher invited Arzate's family to help in completing the project, using his initial sketches as inspiration.
Arzate's Air Jordan 5 "Doernbecher" features a black upper with special black light ink that when exposed to a flashlight reveals a poem that he wrote a day prior to his passing. Other features include eyelets, lace toggle, outsole, Nike Air unit and quarter panels that glow in the dark along with Arzate's jersey numbers for baseball and basketball that can be found on the heel. Each pair will also come with a special flashlight makes the sneaker immediately readable to anybody.
The Air Jordan 5 "Doernbecher" will be available September 14 at Nike.com and select Nike retail locations in limited quantities for $180.00 a pair. Because Arzate was part of the 2012 Doernbecher Freestyle Program, this will be a standalone release. The 2013 edition of the program will be revealed by Nike and Doernbecher Children's Hospital on September 28. To date, Nike's collaboration with Doernbecher has raised over $6 million which has been used to help out with the expansion of the hospital and to keep it running with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
Source: Nike, Inc.