The statement read: “Nike is removing the shoe from the marketplace, as it was intended to be a re-release of the Air Force 1 Low Puerto Rico from 2000 and the final product does not accurately reflect the original design.”
The anticipated sneaker was set to be released later this month, following New York’s now-cancelled Puerto Rican Day Parade. However, leaked images of the sneaker show a serious mistake: the Puerto Rican flag is reversed on the tongue.
Originally released in 2005 in a slightly different colorway, the “Puerto Rico” Air Force 1 is designed to shout out the Caribbean Island and its many citizens that live in the United States.
This is the second year in a row that Nike has had to pull the product from its release calendar. Last year, the “Puerto Rico” Air Force 1 had to be canceled because the sneaker donned a “mola” print, which is actually representative of Panamanian culture.
The sneaker, although not seeing an official release anymore, is available on resell sites such as StockX for around $500.
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