Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Varsity Royal” Pushed Back to May 29th

Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Varsity Royal” Pushed Back to May 29th

When it comes to baseball, there’s only one sneaker that is universally renowned as a bonafide icon, and that’s The Kid’s Nike Air Griffey Max 1. A streetwear staple since its debut in 1996, its aggressive-yet-organic design paired with its striking color contrast is almost as iconic as Junior’s smooth swing. With next month’s OG “Freshwater” kicking things off for the silhouette’s 25th birthday, you just knew there’d be more to follow. And what better pair to back it up than the Sprite-like Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Varsity Royal” — another original from ’96.

Much like the Freshwater, this OG colorway also saw its last release in 2016 as a tribute to The Kid’s Hall of Fame induction. It’s likely to be one of many colorways (both OG and new alike) for this year’s anniversary celebration. Though we only have official imagery from the release five years ago, you can expect it to arrive in almost identical fashion, save the special-edition graphic insoles seen here on the 2016 pair below. You can expect Nike to replace that with their Nike Air insignia.


So take a look at the official 2016 images below as we anticipate more release details over the coming months. As always, keep your eyes glued to our official Twitter account for further updates.

Update 01.31.21 // Official images of the 2021 Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Varsity Royal” have arrived. A release date for the pair is still unknown.

Update 04.27.21 // After failing to launch earlier today, retailers DTLR have confirmed a NEW release date for the Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Varsity Royal” for May 29th. If you are planning on picking up a pair on the day, make sure you head to our dedicated Nike Release Dates Calendar to set yourself a reminder for the drop.

Nike Air Griffey Max 1 “Varsity Royal”

Release Date: May 29th, 2021

Style Code: DJ5161-400
Colorway: Varsity Royal/White-Volt-Black
Price: $170

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