There’s always been a rift between major league sporting organizations and sneaker companies. In 1985, the Air Jordan 1 was banned from NBA courts for its violation of uniform guidelines. Instead of creating a new pair for Mike, the team at Nike decided to pay Jordan’s fine each time he wore them, all the while building a buzz among thirsty consumers. This ended up as the most important sneaker sponsorship of all time, but that wasn’t the last time leagues would exile a pair of kicks.
Sneaker Report has covered Adam Jones’ awesome Nike Swingman MVP “Camo” PE, and apparently we weren’t the only ones taking notice. The MLB has officially banned the orange-and-black colorway, citing the league’s uniform policy. While the cleats are admittedly unique, the banning itself is a bit of a head-scratcher. Players throughout the league wore a similar camo pattern on Memorial Day weekend, and the Jackie Robinson Day Swingman MVPs donned the same print.
Whether you agree or disagree with the MLB’s ruling, there’s some good news for sneaker fanatics. Jones plans to give the PE pair away on his Twitter account, so go follow @SimplyAJ10 if you’re interested in these outlawed cleats.