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04th Mar 2024

Ben Affleck pictured in Nikes commemorating 1916 Easter Rising

Simon Kelly

Ben Affleck 1916 shoes

Michael Collins would have loved the Nike ‘Éire’ SB Dunks

Ben Affleck has become something of an icon for his paparazzi shots.

From that viral picture featuring him smoking a cigarette while looking completely bewildered, to his weirdly staged shots with Ana De Armas during their brief stint as a couple.

Now, the Argo star has made a big splash on Irish shores, by being papped while sporting probably the most bizarre collaboration Nike has ever done – sneakers in commemoration to the 1916 rising.

Ben Affleck pictured in Nikes commemorating 1916 Easter Rising

A long-time Nike SB Dunk fan, Affleck has now been snapped in what is regarded as one of the rarest versions of the shoe ever, the ‘Éire’ edition.

Inspired by Ireland’s fight for independence in 1916, the trainer dropped in 2006 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the event… For some reason.

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We’re not complaining though, they look absolutely class and to be honest, more international brands should be commemorating Irish history – We’re patiently waiting for a New Balance X Good Friday Agreement drop.

The shoes themselves are a mix of green, white and orange, with an orange Irish harp embroidered on the heel and feature an all suede upper, as opposed to their usual leather.

Nike’s description reads: “On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, a group of Irish nationalists seized key locations in Dublin from the British Army and proclaimed an Irish Republic. Ninety years later, Nike released this Dunk Low Pro SB ‘Eire’ to celebrate the historic insurrection.”

Unfortunately, the sneakers are no longer sold by Nike, but currently go for between €600 and €2,000 on second-hand seller’s sites.

We’re not sure how Affleck got his hands on a pair, but seeing as he played Nike co-founder Phil Knight in 2023’s Air, alongside Matt Damon, we’re sure he has his contacts.

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