November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, and this week, Nike débuts the Nike N7 Collection, a select range of performance footwear designed with the environment – and the future of Native American communities – in mind.
Sold exclusively through 33 Nike Factory Stores in the U.S. such as the Lake Elsinore Outlet Center in California, a portion of the profits are gifted to the N7 Fund, which supports youth sport in Native American communities.
The collection was created through the lens of Nike’s Considered Design approach, where products are engineered for higher performance and lower environmental impact, and features the N7 Air Pegasus+ 26, the N7 Huarache and the N7 SMS RT for preschool and toddler sizes.
“For more than 10 years Nike has worked closely with Native American communities to provide support through product innovations specific to the needs of Native Americans and by providing grants to support sport programs through the N7 Fund,” says Sam McCracken, general manager of Nike’s Native American Business and chairman of the N7 Fund. “With the introduction of the N7 Collection, consumers now have the ability to be their own agents of change, as the profits from their purchase will help young people in Native American communities realize their potential through sport.” (To contact Sam: N7.Fund@nike.com.)
Native American Inspired Design
The Nike N7 SMS RT for kids as well as the N7 Air Pegasus+ 26 and N7 Huarache features Native American inspired design details and graphics that tie the shoe back to the N7 Collection. The Nike N7 SMS RT is a durable, all-day play shoe that meets the demands of the rough-and-tumble kid, featuring Sensory Motion System (SMS) technology for a natural, efficient range of motion and aiding healthy foot development.
The collection is available for the holiday season – through the end of December. Giving the N7 Collection is like giving two gifts in one!