Colin Kaepernick’s signature Nike shoe is selling out fast

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Colin Kaepernick’s iconic Nike shoe sold out in less than a day.

According to Nike’s website, the Air Force 1 ’07 x Colin Kaepernick sold out in adult and children’s sizes as of Tuesday morning. The shoe was selling for $110 and at least two retailers selling the shoe were donating profits to anonymous charities.

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“As a football star capable of articulating a powerful message, Kaepernick is one of this generation’s most important cross-cultural influencers,” reads the Nike shoe’s description.

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The shoe features his image on the heel with the numbers 08 14 16 printed on the outsole. The numbers coincide with the date he began his protest and knelt during the national anthem, sparking a controversy across the United States that reached the top echelon of the White House and continues into 2019.

The shoe is part of a branding deal that Nike and Kaepernick agreed to before the start of the 2018 NFL season. Nike had previously released a black jersey that featured his No. 7 and surname on the nameplate. Houston Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins was seen wearing it before a game last season.

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Carolina Panthers defensive back Eric Reid, a strong Kaepernick ally who was the first to kneel by his side before the start of NFL games in 2016, teased the shoe in a photo in November.

While the company took a first hit when it announced the endorsement deal with Nike, the company’s share price has seen an 18% increase since then. Kaepernick also caused controversy with the company when he allegedly raised concerns about a Betsy Ross flag shoe which was due to be launched around the July 4 holiday. Nike pulled the shoe from shelves, causing a backlash.

Kaepernick was scheduled to have a practice scheduled by the NFL last month, but moved at the last minute due to league transparency issues and injury waivers wanted him to sign. Instead, he worked elsewhere for about eight teams.

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He hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season, when he decided to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice across the United States.

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