A year after being left out of a fine set of Nike Lunar cross-trainer shoes, the Florida Gators are one of the 13 college football teams with a specialty version of Nike Free Trainer 5.0 shoes.
Florida's "Week Zero" shoe, pictured above, is largely blue, with orange accents. It boasts Flywire construction for comfort and stability, and it has the script "Gators" written on the tongue, with a Gator Head in black wrapped around the heel. It's likely there's also something on the interior sole of the shoe, but I can't find a picture of that yet.
Update: Here we go.
The "Week Zero" collection also includes customized designs for Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, and USC. And it goes on sale Wednesday, August 12 at 10 a.m. Eastern at Eastbay and ChampsSports.com; the Champs Sports in the Oaks Mall will also be participating in the launch, as will Champs Sports locations in the Florida Mall and Lakeland Square Mall.
And while I don't think these shoes are better than the Lunars from last year — I was genuinely upset that Florida wasn't part of that collection — I like them a whole lot, and would counsel anyone who wants a pair to get in early, before resellers do. The shoes retail for $110, sure, but what are you gonna spend that money on, the Florida sideline polo that would've been perfect except for the pointless stripe down the back?