Adidas helps celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier (April 15, 1947), with a special edition baseball cleat and turf trainer.
The special edition cleat is a cream-colored premium suede version of the 2017 adizero Afterburner, with design elements centered around Robinson. We see his signature highlighted in gold foil, which sits atop a 70th anniversary gold embroidered stencil commemorating the historic date he started in the majors. There’s also a old school numeric stencil, inspired by Robinson’s gym bag, which displayed his universally retired uniform number (42).
There’s also the adidas Baseball Icon Turf Trainer, which pays homage to Robinson with lightweight, durable tweed materials that reflect the tweed suit jacket Robinson wore the day he retired from the game, along with a leather heel and reinforced heel clip in the shape of Ebbets Field.
Both shoes feature a custom sockliner, with his signature in gold foil emblazoned atop a hand-drawn sketch of Robinson sliding into second base. Additionally, the tongue of the cleats and trainer sport a 70th anniversary gold pin that was inspired by 1947 World Series press pins. The pin features Robinson’s signature, Ebbets field, 1947-2017 dates and two crossing baseball bats.
In addition to the sneakers, Adidas announced a new field at Robinson’s alma mater, John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif., for Jackie Robinson Day on April 15.