“We understand all of the restrictions around the NFL, and there are quite a few; some are fine,” Esperson says. “Where can we take some of those advantages is off the field.”
In a previous interview with Footwear News, Zappos general manager-footwear/accessories/6pm.com said the company is strategizing on how to creatively use Stanley.
The e-retailer recently announced Stanley as its first athlete ambassador in an unprecedented endorsement deal that gives him access to its inventory of more than 1,000 labels while many seasoned pros are tied to one brand.
Zappos joined a chorus of fans congratulating Stanley on social media, tweeting, “Congrats @Ronnie_Stanley! Can’t wait to come visit you in Baltimore! @Ravens PlayLikeARaven NFLDraft2016.”
Speaking to Footwear News, ESQ Clothing president and creative director Ge Wang tells us that the $1,000 handmade size 16s were inspired by his blazer, also designed by the label.
The athlete donned striking bespoke ESQ Clothing shoes when he was selected as the No. 6 NFL Draft pick joining the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday in Chicago.
So pumped for our dude Ronnie Stanley. You deserve everything that’s coming! dressingthedraft nfldraft nfl A photo posted by ESQ Clothing (@esqclothing) on Apr 28, 2016 at 3:47pm PDT
Congrats @Ronnie_Stanley! Can’t wait to come visit you in Baltimore! @Ravens PlayLikeARaven NFLDraft2016 pic.twitter.com/Oae8vhouwz — Zappos (@zappos) April 29, 2016