Nike’s Air Force 1 Low Puerto Rico Shoes Illustrated a Lack of Cultural Competency

It could’ve been avoided had a more diverse team been employed

Side profile of a pair of Nike Air Force 1 with a colorful design around the swoosh
Nike found itself in hot water after creating a Puerto Rico shoe using a mola design specific to the Guna community. Nike

Nike’s culture-inspired sneakers are known to stir up conversation. Depending on who you ask, the sportswear giant is an inclusive company creating products that resonate with diverse communities or another enterprise exploiting said communities for economic gain.

@janelmwrites Janel Martinez is a Bronx-based writer and founder of award-winning site Ain't I Latina?, an online destination celebrating Afro-Latinas.