Kmart is introducing an exclusive athletic footwear and apparel collection called Protege, created by NBA star Al Harrington. The launch of Protege is part of Kmart's footwear re-launch which will feature new and exclusive brands both in stores nationwide and online beginning in February 2009.
The men's footwear line features five styles priced at $34.99 and two slide styles priced at $19.99. The three boys' styles are priced at $27.99. The Protege apparel line also includes casual styles for men and boys, featuring performance shorts and t-shirts.
Kmart said the Protege line has been tested on-court by Harrington, a New York Knicks forward, and Stephen Jackson of Oakland's Golden State Warriors, who both play and practice in the shoes.
As part of the launch, Kmart is donating one million pairs of shoes to Samaritan's Feet, a humanitarian relief organization that provides footwear to children in need around the world.