The N7 collection supports organizations which provide activities and sporting opportunities to kids in Native American and Aboriginal communities. Since 2009, the N7 Fund has awarded more than $6.6m USD in grants to 252 communities and organizations, reaching more than 437,000 kids.
Nike’s new silhouettes include a basketball sneaker and a street-skatewear hybrid. Speaking on the collection, Hatfield says, “I immediately thought, if I’m going to work on a basketball shoe and a multi-purpose shoe, that I would start from scratch and do it with a certain criteria and give it the same energy that I would in designing for a professional athlete… It’s ended up being one of my favorite projects at Nike.”
The Zoom Heritage N7 pays respect to the Native American community’s love for basketball and draws inspiration from the “rez ball” style which is traditionally played by the community. It’s known for its physicality, fast-paced nature and pressure defense approach. The sneaker features a white upper which is adorned with decorative patterns on the tongue, Swoosh and heel tab, a theme which also features on the Air Zoom Down Rock N7.
This silhouette is cut like a chukka sneaker and is wrapped in black suede with yellow and gum hues. For the Air Zoom Down Rock N7, Tinker Hatfield drew inspiration from the Paul Rodriguez line and teamed up with the musical artist Taboo, an N7 ambassador, to create a shoe that can perform both on and off the court.
Nike will also release two clean N7-iterations of the Cortez and Air Max 270 — both of which appear in white and teal with Native American-inspired graphics. Take a look at the Nike N7 SS19 offerings in the gallery above and pick up your favorite pair from Hibbett Sports.
For more standout Nike’s, take a look at the upcoming tennis-inspired Air Force 1.