On Wednesday, the Oregon State Beavers football team unveiled their newest custom Jordans designed by Nike’s most storied designer, Oregon alum Tinker Hatfield.
The Oregon State themed kicks feature a black upper base as the primary color paired with orange and white accents. The word “Beavers” is featured on the side of the shoe with the “OSU” on the back with the iconic Jordan logo.
Several Beavers including head coach Jonathan Smith and linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray showcased the custom Jordans in a series of Twitter posts.
But maybe they aren’t as custom as the Beavers thought.
As Don Johnson Jr., Oregon’s Director of Player Personnel pointed out, the Oregon State themed shoes share an uncanny resemblance to these shoes designed for the Ducks.
As Johnson notes, Oregon already wore the familiar Nike shoes on Jan. 1 when the Ducks played in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Did the Beavers really think they were going to one-up the Ducks with something designed by an Oregon legend? University of Oregon didn’t inherit the nickname "Nike University" without good reason.
Oregon State football may have won the storied rivalry matchup in 2020, but Oregon certainly walked away with the first dub in 2021.