We’re nearing the end of our Doernbecher Freestyle X rollout, but this next one has to be one of the best. That’s because for it, Doernbecher patient Ross Hathaway, 11, got his hands on one of Nike Skateboarding’s most impressive models. The result is a radically different look on an old favorite. Introducing the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Doernbecher.
For his design, Ross, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, turned to his love of skateboarding for inspiration, not just utilizing a skating shoe, but incorporating a design with an eye toward how it would actually look against a board. Reptile-style scales emboss the black leather side panel, while the rest of the black suede upper sports contrast speckling in several shades of purple and white. Solid-purple adorns the laces, Swoosh and inner-lining, while the translucent outsole sports a pair of lungs peering through, emblazoned with a digital rose, a nod to the nickname of Ross’s affliction (65 Roses, due to the easier pronunciation).
Ross Hathaway’s Stefan Janoski Doernbecher releases November 9, along with his AW77 Crew and the rest of the Doernbecher Freestyle X collection. As always, Doernbecher Freestyle items have been designed by present or past Doernbecher patients. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.