Arsenal and adidas present the ‘Honor Oak’ sneaker

Arsenal FC is a club that is one with its community and its history. And while there are other teams in Europe’s top leagues who work with their home fans – take Chelsea’s recent link with the Soho Yacht Club for example – Arsenal consistently represent their black fans who make up a huge percentage of the subscribers of the club. Recently, The Gunners connected with Aston Mack, the founder of the Orlando Freedom Fighters for the club’s third kit, and he also released a Jamaica-inspired pre-match shirt that celebrates Caribbean culture and diversity at London. Now, adidas and Arsenal have reconnected with club legends Ian Wright and the late David Rocastle for a new limited-edition sneaker aptly dubbed Honor Oak.

It’s been almost 30 years since Wright and Rocastle played together for The Gunners and this new shoe was created to celebrate the friendship between the two players. The sneaker – named after the region both players grew up in – features a dedication to Wright and Rocastle on the inside of the tongue alongside flags of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, referencing to each player’s Caribbean heritage. Along with the embroidered details, September 28, 1991, the date the two players played together for Arsenal, is also included. Rounding out the design, the black shoe also features a gun crest on the heel along with color accents taken from the Jamaican and Trinidad and Tobago flags on the usual three-stripe branding. Speaking about the new sneaker, Ian Wright said:

“Rocky [David Rocastle] and grew up together, playing football on our estate, before eventually playing together at Arsenal. We were best friends and 21 years since he left us, I still miss him and think of him everyday. Rocky is the reason our whole field supported Arsenal and he taught me what it meant to be an Arsenal player. The adidas Honor Oak represents the start of the footballing journey we both embarked on, coming from the Honor Oak Estate in Brockley and fulfilling our dream of one day playing together as professionals. I’m so glad we were able to make these shoes as another little way to carry on Rocky’s legacy.

You can take a closer look at the adidas x Arsenal Honor Oak above and only 1991 pairs are available on the official Arsenal web store now.

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