Nike's Colin Kaepernick Air Force 1 Low Is Already Sold Out

The controversial former NFL quarterback's "True to 7" limited edition Nikes sold out in North America ahead of its global launch
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Nike is giving Colin Kaepernick a signature version of one of the athleticwear brand's most popular sneakers of all time. 

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The ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback's custom Air Force 1 is "inspired by the voice of the athlete and his 'True to 7' storytelling," Nike said in reference to Kaepernick's former jersey number. The iconic silhouette gets a luxe black leather upper with a reflective graded Swoosh and various other black and white accents, as well as a patterned sock liner.

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A portrait of Kaepernick is embroidered on the heel tab, and his personal "K" logo appears on the heel. Each pair comes with a "No. 7" hang tag. 

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Kaepernick, a Nike athlete, was previously featured as the star of a "Just Do It" campaign in 2018, which featured a black and white close-up of his face and words, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything," superimposed across the image. 

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Some people took issue the with ad because Kaepernick and other players had knelt during performances of the national anthem at NFL games as a symbolic protest of police brutality against African Americans. 

Earlier this year, Nike pulled a new Air Max that sported a so-called "Betsy Ross" version of the American flag after Kaepernick deemed the design as offensive because of its connection to slavery. 

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Despite the controversy surrounding Kaepernick, some industry experts say that the launch of his signature shoe is a relatively safe move on Nike's part. 

“The Kaepernick detractors are likely not Nike customers, so I see little risk,” Matt Powell, vice president and senior industry advisor at NPD Group, told Yahoo Finance, adding that the limited release would likely sell out quickly. 

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He was right, as the  Air Force 1 x Colin Kaepernick, which dropped on December 23 with a $110 price tag, is already listed as sold out on Nike's website. Anyone interested in copping a pair will have the chance to do so at the sneaker's unspecified global launch.