Nike Air Force 1 x Doernbecher Foundation by Tony Signorelli Review
Every year, Nike teams up with the Doernbecher Foundation to allow six patients from their hospital to design their own signature shoe. In their seventh year now, this program has raised over $2.4 million dollars for the Foundation. In this review, we will be taking a look at the Air Force 1 designed by Tony Signorelli.
Read more after the jump for our take.
Air Force 1 '07 LE Doernbecher
Team Orange/Team Orange-Varsity Red
It might be hard to believe, but the designer of this shoe is an 11 year old by the name of Tony Signorelli. At a young age, he was diagnosed with Dandy-Walker Syndrome. His Air Force 1 creation incorporates his story and some of his mottos.
At first glance, the shoe is quite vibrant with a two tone team orange and varsity red upper. Set off by a gold reptile skin swoosh, and electric blue sole, this shoe is not meant to worn for everyday casual settings. His motto 'Think Positive and Positive Happens' got him through some tough times and is now lasered on both toeboxes.
My disappointment with this shoe does not fall on Tony, but rather with Nike. When these first arrived at solifestyle, I was excited to unbox them and see the quality and workmanship. Upon first inspection, however, I noticed the quality was not up to my expectations. The leather feels paper thin, and does not have the cushioning or support that previous Doernbecher releases have had. The toebox creased upon first wear and became uncomfortable after an extended period of time.
With proceeds benefiting the Doernbecher Foundation, by no means do I regret my decision in purchasing this shoe. They are a head turner and an amazing creation for an 11 year old. Most sizes are still available through Nike.com, if you wish to pick up a pair.
Gold foil swoosh sits upon a two tone upper.
Think Positive and Positive Happens
Electric Blue Icey Sole
Black Nike Air is a nice contrast to the Gold Heel Tab.
Firey Insoles are a nice compliment to the entire shoe.