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The final shoe from Nike’s pregame sneaker pack, The Swoosh and Philadelphia Sixers star Ben Simmons have teamed up on a Blazer Mid '77 “Motivation” sneaker that focuses on the guard/small forward’s dedication toward the game of basketball.
“Growing up, I used to wear a lot of Chuck [Taylors]. It has that kind of look, that dirty feel,” Simmons explained about the shoe’s design, via NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Features include a suede, cracked-gray upper which serves as the canvas for two graphics and phrases on the trainer's lateral side—“Heart in the Game” on one and “Pride & Passion” on the other. On the heel tab, “Dedication” and “Motivation” are etched into the leather. The swoosh is yellow and the shoe’s tongue is green, paying homage to national colors of Simmons’ native Australia. The footbeds are embellished with an array of various graphics to complete the look.
“I try to represent my country and my people at the highest level. I'm very prideful to be Australian,” the 23-year-old said to NBC Sports. “I'm big on trying to do the right things and setting the right examples for my country.”
Priced at $110, you can purchase the Nike Blazer Mid '77: “Motivation” exclusively at Foot Locker.