As Taylor Swift continues to charge along into her Travis Kelce era—once again showing up to cheer on Kansas City and even celebrate with Brittany Mahomes on Sunday night—Kelce himself has continued to evolve from star Chiefs tight end to Swiftie-scrutinized boyfriend material to the season’s unexpected menswear icon. Now, we’d like to propose another title for the two-time Super Bowl champion: Travis Kelce is a sneakerhead.
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Kelce arrived at Arrowhead Stadium to face the Los Angeles Chargers yesterday in a cozy oversized flannel and slacks from Billionaire Boys Club, which we can only assume is being analyzed this minute as an elaborately coded reference to Red (Taylor’s Version). But more impressive were the kicks that Kelce donned for the occasion: a very rare pair of Dunks from Nike SB and Boston-based Concepts that instantly made clear the tight end’s sneakerhead bona fides. A 2018 collab first debuted by Travis Scott before release, the “Green Lobster” Dunk Low is a slick, tasteful twist on a classic silhouette. It’s the fourth of six lobster-inspired Dunks from Concepts—the original red version landed in 2008, and the latest spin in orange dropped last year—featuring a cheeky removable rubber band across the toe box. The “Green Lobster”—whose colorway originally debuted on a Kyrie 4 model earlier in 2018—routinely resells for well over a thousand dollars.
These are hardly the only grails in Kelce’s closet. He recently told the Wall Street Journal that he owns upwards of 300 pairs of sneakers, and his sprawling collection includes such legendary coups as the Dior Air Jordan 1s (a $20,000 flex that he brought out to the Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration in 2020) and, yes, even a pair of Air MAGs, which he donned to bring Back to the Future drip to a 2015 red carpet. These are not the kinds of shoes you throw on at the gentle behest of a stylist. These are the favorites of a bona fide sneakerhead, and they make clear that Kelce has been nerding out on his shoe game for years.