Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs will take his love for a popular coffee chain to the next level when he plays the Seattle Seahawks in preseason Friday night. He’ll be sporting custom Starbucks-inspired Nike cleats, made by Mache Custom Kicks.
The shoes replicate a Starbucks coffee cup, with a matte white base, a brown thick stripe and Starbucks logo on top to act as the coffee sleeve, dark green laces and the words “Starbucks” on the inner part of both cleats.
Trying to stay true to Starbucks as possible, the shoes even have Diggs’s last name spelled incorrectly: Digz.
— Mache Custom Kicks (@MACHE275) August 16, 2017
ESPN’s Darren Rovell said on Twitter since the brand name was on the shoes, they would still be subjected to a fine if Diggs wore them during the game.
Rovell had reported that the NFL would be loosening its restrictions on custom cleats this season and said: “During pregame warmups, players can wear any design they want, so long as it doesn’t depict commercialized or trademarked logos, other than the league-approved footwear brands (Nike, Under Armour and Adidas). The cleats also can’t have anything that would be deemed offensive or express political views.”
Mache Custom Kicks took to Twitter to respond to Rovell and said Diggs would be bringing a “spare pair” to Seattle. The designer also said on Twitter there was nothing “official” with Starbucks, “just some artistic expression for a mans love of StarBs.” And Diggs sure does love his coffee.
My love for Starbucks is a 4ever thing…
— Stefon (@stefondiggs) August 16, 2017
It wasn’t Diggs’s first custom shoe made from Mache Custom Kicks. He made the wideout’s “Cleveland Show” inspired shoes only a week earlier.
— Mache Custom Kicks (@MACHE275) August 9, 2017
Mache Custom Kicks has made shoes for other athletes and celebrities in the past year, including Kyle Rudolph, Nate Burleson and Robinson Cano. He’s also made shoes for Derek Jeter, Kanye West, 50 Cent and more.
— Mache Custom Kicks (@MACHE275) August 11, 2017
— Mache Custom Kicks (@MACHE275) January 25, 2017
— Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) June 18, 2017
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Going through my phone realized that I never shared this video. These cleats were made for Derek Jeter as a gift from the @yankees when his #2 was retired on Mother's Day, hence the pink ribbons. Great moment. #yankees #jeter #jordan #customCleats #re2pect #flashbackfriday