Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, known for his eclectic style on and off the field, showcased his sense of fashion again with Thursday’s unveiling of his first off-field signature shoe.
The all-red, $120 Under Armour C1N “Hometown” signature sneaker is scheduled to hit retailers on July 20.
The red reflects Newton’s Atlanta roots, Under Armour said. “Atlanta is everything for @CameronNewton,” the company tweeted shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. “This one’s for the Hometown.”
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While reaction on social media was generally favorable to the new sneakers, Panthers fan Zachary East said in a reply tweet to Under Armour: “It wouldn’t be right if they didn't have these in @Panthers blue.”
He and the rest of the Queen City might rest easy knowing about the second C1N version that will hit retailers on Sept. 8: The “Chairman” version will have a look that Under Armour said is a “nod to the quarterback’s love of ’50s swank and his hunger to make an impact on his adopted home of Charlotte,” Footwear News reported.
A third version, “442,” will arrive on Oct. 20. The version is inspired by classic muscle cars and will have a black and gold palette, according to Footwear News.
The new shoes will add to Under Armour’s Cam Newton Collection of tops and footwear. In May, Newton unveiled a colorful new line of signature limited edition cleats, including a $170 pair with a synthetic tail in back.