Jordan Brand Broadening Women’s Only AJ1 Low Slip Silhouette
You can now go laceless slipping on a true basketball shoe legend .Rocking the Air Jordan 1 Retro Low Slip that is completely laceless which has an easy press stud closure for feet security and support .It is designed with a Air Sole unit lightweight foam midsole that will provide all day comfort for the most busy lifestyles.
History Of Jordan 1 Kicks
Air Jordan I | Designer : Peter Moore | Released : 1985 | Original Price : $65
Current sneakerhead culture has its roots in the original Air Jordan 1 that launched in 1985. Nike, and subsequently the Jordan Brand,has honored this iconic silhouette numerous times since with release of the Retro 1.
The Chicago Bulls used their third overall draft pick on Jordan, a 1982 NCAA champion who would go on to win Olympic gold later in the summer of 1984. Jordan signed a five-year endorsement deal with Nike, reportedly worth $2.5 million (plus royalties), an enormous outlay for an athlete who hadn’t yet proven himself on the professional level.
The NBA banned the original Air Jordan for not meeting the league’s stringent policy on uniforms and colors. Jordan wore them anyway and faced a $5,000-per-game fine as a result. Recognizing a unique marketing opportunity when it presented itself, Nike happily paid the fine. And MJ rocked them all the way to his Rookie of the Year honor.
This Air Jordan was the only one in the series to feature the familiar Nike Swoosh logo. And predating the Jumpman logo, the OG shoe featured the Wings logo – a basketball with wings stretching from both sides and “Air Jordan” printed above the ball. Nike filed the Wings logo as a trademark on May 7, 1985.
Leather overlays on the upper offered durability and easy color blocking, and a perforated leather toe box lent ventilation.
Air Jordan II | Designer : Bruce Kilgore | Released : 1986 | Original Price : $100
Nike faced a unique challenge following the unprecedented success of the original Air Jordan; how to follow it up. The popularity of the shoe’s namesake, Michael Jordan, already had begun outgrowing his home country, and Nike went to Italy to produce the Air Jordan II.He only got to wear the AJ II for 18 games due to a broken foot.
Air Jordan III | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1988 | Original Price : $100
The basketball world was still getting to know Michael Jordan, the ad campaign surrounding the Air Jordan III introduced one prominent playground baller who knew MJ, and MJ’s increasingly prominent shoes,all too well.Architect-turned-designer
Tinker Hatfield took the lead on this, the first of more than two dozen Air Jordans he would go on to design. Hatfield sparked some style trends on the AJ III that have continued well into the 21st century. Most notably, he introduced elephant print overlays on the upper that have resurfaced periodically in re-issues of the AJ III as well as other Jordan models since then .
Prior to the AJ III, basketball shoes were mostly only basketball specific shoes. Finally, the shoe was the first Air Jordan to feature a visible Air-Sole unit under the heel. It retained Nike’s “Air” embroidery on the heel, encapsulated Air in the forefoot, and apolyurethane midsole for cushioning the feet better.
Air Jordan IV | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1989 | Original Price : $110
Following the success of the Air Jordan III, designer Tinker Hatfield delivered
one of the more comfortable Air Jordans in the series, the Air Jordan IV.
The Jumpman logo made its second appearance on the tongue but with the word “Flight” added below it.Wearing
the AJ IV, MJ was voted to his fifth consecutive All-Star game and won the league scoring title for the third consecutive year. One of the most memorable AJ IV moments was when Michael hit the series-clinching, hanging jumper over Cleveland’s Craig Ehlo in the first round of the playoffs better known as “The Shot”
Air Jordan V | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1990 | Original Price : $125
The Air Jordan V was a statement of Michael Jordan’s aggressive nature on the court. Released in February 1990 for $125, the AJ V featured a sharktooth design on the lateral (outer) midsole that designer Tinker Hatfield drew from a World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane.
Air Jordan VI | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1991 | Original Price : $125
The Air Jordan VI is a fixture in basketball history. Released in February 1991, Michael Jordan wore it to the Chicago Bulls’ first championship just a few months later.Carrying over from the AJ V were the sculpted midsole, Air heel cushioning, and translucent (“frosty”) outsole. And while the original releases consisted of leather, the Black/Infrared colorway included rich suede.
AJ VI included a clean toe cap, a rubber tongue with finger loops, lace locks, a molded heel tab, and an inner booty sleeve designed for comfort.
Air Jordan VII | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1992 | Original Price : $125
Like Michael Jordan, Tinker Hatfield set out to repeat as a winner with a championship-caliber design on the Air Jordan VII.
It also incorporated Nike’s Huarache technology – named for a Mexican style of sandal – as a neoprene inner booty to improve comfort and fit. This helped eliminate extra weight and made it one of the lightest basketball shoes at the time.
The visual paid homage to west African tribal art, featuring bold lines on the midsole.MJ wore the Olympic-inspired colorway to a gold medal with the incomparable “Dream Team” at the 1992 summer games in Barcelona.
Air Jordan VIII | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1993 | Original Price : $125
The brand returned to its padded collar from the Huarache style of the VII, and the inner booty sock returned as well. Also returning was Bugs Bunny in the shoe’s marketing campaign. One aesthetic twist was the carpeted circular Jumpman logo on the tongue; the only such appearance in the Jordan line.
These sneakers consisted of a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) support and a poly carbonate plate, along with anti-inversion crossing straps to lock down the foot. Extra padding added protection but also added weight.
Air Jordan IX | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1993 | Original Price : $125
After leading Chicago to a third straight championship in 1993, the maestro walked off the stage. Michael Jordan shocked the basketball world by retiring that October.
The AJ IX became the first Air Jordan that the man himself would never wear in competition. Though, ironically, it’s the AJ IX that’s depicted on the statue of MJ outside the United Center in Chicago. Nike built the AJ IX’s upper with leather, nubuck, and mesh. The nubuck area wrapped around the toe and included reflective sparkles in three of the four original colorways. The inner booty sockliner carried over from the previous two Air Jordans. A one-pull lacing system debuted with theAJ IX.
A polyurethane midsole sat atop the rubber outsole in a tooth-like design. The back of the shoe featured a molded plastic globe graphic with a Jumpman logo. The sole of the shoes featured words in different languages, symbolizing MJ’s popularity
Air Jordan X | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1994 | Original Price : $125
Michael Jordan returned to the NBA on March 19, 1995, against theIndiana Pacers, he wore the “Chicago” colorway of the Air Jordan X.The AJ X’s design was very simplistic. It featured clean lines, lightweight cushioning, and an outsole that commemorated his career to that point. The original “steel” version was designed with a stitched toe piece, which MJ didn’t like. So all subsequent colorways of the AJ X had aclean toe cap.
The AJ X featured a padded collar, pull tab at the heel, and an elastic band lacing system. Nikebuilt the midsole of the AJ X of Phylon lightweight foam. It was connected to a rubber outsole that listed Jordan’s career achievements on alternating stripes.
Air Jordan XI | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1995 | Original Price : $125
Thanks to great performance coupled with an innovative design, the Air Jordan XI (particularly the Concord colorway) is one of the most-loved sneakers ever. Sole Collector magazine voted the XI the top shoe of all time.
Tinker Hatfield watched video of Michael Jordan and noticed MJ’s foot would roll off the foot bed on hard cuts. So Hatfield took that opportunity to blend substance with style, adding patent leather for the first time on a basketball shoe. Patent leather was stronger, and it fit MJ’s reported desire to have a shoe that could be worn with a suit.
The upper consisted of a polymer-coated, thin nylon ballistic mesh material. The collar and tongue were padded for ankle comfort. The translucent frosty outsole lay atop the shank plate for extra spring. The shoe also included a full-length Air-Sole unit.
Air Jordan XII | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1996 | Original Price : $135
Tinker Hatfield drew from very different areas in designing the Air Jordan XII, taking inspiration from a women’s fashion shoe and the Japanese flag.
The AJ XII was clean and simple. The rich leather upper was stitched to resemble a rising sun, while faux reptile leather comprised the toe and accent overlays. The AJ XII featured the slogan “TWO 3” down the tongue, metal lace loops with Jumpman logos, and a pull tab that ran up the entire heel that read, “QUALITY INSPIRED BY THE GREATEST PLAYER EVER.”
This was the first Air Jordan to feature an ultra-responsive Zoom Air unit, as well as lateral and medial support panels designed to work together to create one of the most durable shoes in the signature series. The shoe also had a full-length carbon fiber shank like its predecessor.
Originally released in five colorways, the AJ XII’s offerings included the Black/Red that MJ wore during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz, a game that came to be known as “The Flu Game.Beginning in 2003, the Air Jordan XII was re-released in several additional colors.
Air Jordan XIII | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1997 | Original Price : $150
Michael Jordan attacked the court and opponents with the quickness, power,and ferocity of a predatory cat. Tinker Hatfield tapped into this feel for the Air Jordan XIII, not even realizing at the time that some of MJ’s friends already had been calling him the “Black Cat.”
Released on Nov. 1, 1997, the Air Jordan XIII was loaded with both performance and design elements. Perhaps the most prominent feature was a hologram on the upper that resembled the eye of a panther, while the outsole featured a paw-like design. The XIII also featured Zoom Air in the heel and forefoot, and a Phylon lightweight-foam midsole. That and podular tooling made this possibly the most comfortable Air Jordan in the series.
A carbon fiber shank in the midfoot lent torsional rigidity, and an asymmetrical collar was designed to balance
ankle support with flexibility needed for hard cuts.
Air Jordan XIV | Designer : Tinker Hatfield & Mark Smith | Released : 1998 | Original Price : $150
Introduced during the 1998 NBA Finals, it would be the last shoe Michael Jordan would wear as a Chicago Bull.The XIV was influenced by MJ’s love for exotic sports cars, inspired specifically by a Ferrari. The AJ XIV featured a Ferrari-like shield featuring a Jumpman logo, just one of seven Jumpman logos on each shoe; a total of 14 per pair. The logo is visible on the side heel,
outsole, insole, back heel, toe, and on the metal lace tips.
Theshoe’s asymmetrical collar was designed to blend ankle support with flexibility, while Hatfield and Smith worked breathable mesh vents into the outsole. They also included dual Zoom Air units into the outsole, and the low-profile heel and forefoot gave the AJ XIV a sleek silhouetteas well as a comfortable ride.
Air Jordan XV | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 1999 | Original Price : $150
Michael Jordan announced his retirement on Jan. 13, 1999, prior to the beginning of the lockout-shortened season. So designer Tinker Hatfield was once again challenged to design a shoe that MJ would never wear on the court. Hatfield again tapped an aspect of MJ’s playing style, this time drawing inspiration from the X-15 fighter plane, which set speed and altitude records through the 1960s.
Like its inspiration, the AJ XV had an aggressive, sharp-edged silhouette. The upper was built with a woven Kevlar material, it had a fully molded Pebax reinforced heel counter, and it incorporated a large mesh tongue that stuck out (mimicking MJ himself). The heel counter featured numbers significant to MJ’s career: 23.6.15 represented his jersey number, the number of titles he won, and the shoe model. The heel counter extended to the outsole and read 2.17, Jordan’s birthday.
The XV featured a hidden speed-lacing system, a seamless dynamic-fit sleeve, rubber herringbone traction pods, an injected thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) external heel counter and a breathable leather pattern. The XV also featured a full Zoom Air for low-profile cushioning feel.
Air Jordan XVI | Designer : Wilson Smith III | Released : 2001 | Original Price : $160
Much like the man himself, the Air Jordan line went through a transition with the AJ XVI. Michael Jordan transitioned into his role as a part owner and the president of basketball operations with the Washington Wizards.
The shoe was styled with the boardroom in mind. It had a patent leather toe rand – taken from the AJ XI – and the full-grain leather and breathable mesh upper was covered by a unique removable shroud that allowed the AJ XVI to transition from the hardwood to the halls of power. The shroud was the first such lace cover on an Air Jordan since the AJ VIII an began a run of five Air Jordans that would cover the laces. The XVI included a magnetic fastening cover for added lockdown.
The square toe box was very roomy compared to previous Air Jordans, and the shoe returned to the visible Air-Sole cushioning and the frosty (translucent) outsole that was featured on Air Jordans V, VI and XI. The AJ XVI introduced a blow-molded heel and forefoot Zoom Air to the line as the Air Jordan progressed toward performance basketball.
Four colorways of the AJ XVI were released in 2001. The Black/Red and White/Navy versions featured patent leather toes and the wheat model had a rich suede upper. The Cherrywood color consisted of full-grain leather. Two low versions were released as well: White/Red and Black/Black.
Considered to be one of the most stylish off-court Air Jordans, Michael wore the XVI with a suit in ads for his brand back in 2001.
Air Jordan XVII | Designer : Wilson Smith III | Released : 2002 | Original Price : $200
When Michael Jordan resigned as the Washington Wizards’ president of basketball operations and returned to the court, he did so in the Air Jordan XVII.
The AJXVII included fine details of the luxurious Aston Martin.A testament to one of MJ’s favorite pastimes outsole design is said to resemble the greens of a golf course ,fairways and sand traps
The XVII featured a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel stabilizer, heel and forefoot. Tuned Air (pods that adjust the amount of air they contain, a first for the Jordan line), a dynamic-fit sleeve, hidden quick-lace system, lace locks, a full-length composite shank plate, and variable-width lacing for a more snug fit. Among Smith’s innovations was the inclusion of a removable midfoot cover, which allowed the wearer to choose whether the laces would be visible. This was a visual carryover from the AJ XVI.
AJ XVII is the priciest Air Jordan ever produced at the time with a suggested retail price of $200. It was the first and only Air Jordan tobreak the $200 barrier for all versions until the XX8 in 2013.
One slick innovation lay in the eyelets. If laced properly, the wearer could spell out “XVII” with the laces along the medial (inner) and
lateral (outer) sides of the shoes.
The AJ XVII had multiple versions. Three colorways were released for mids: White/Blue, Black/Black, and White/Red. Another AJ XVII featured metallic copper and faux alligator leather on the heel. Three lows were released, including a White/Lightning All-Star version. Capping the AJ XVII run were three colorways of super low mule slip-ons.
Jordan’s first year back on the court with the Wizards, he averaged nearly 23 points per game. In January 2002, he scored his 30,000th point fittingly against the Chicago Bulls – while wearing the AJ XVII. Athis 13th All-Star Game, he wore the Air Jordan XVII Low in White/Lightning.
Air Jordan XVIII | Designer : Tate Kuerbis | Released : 2003 | Original Price : $175
Air Jordan XVIII marked another transition for Michael Jordan and the design team for the brand that bears his name. The shoe’s release year,2003, saw MJ’s final NBA game.
The footwear drew inspiration from high-end automobiles: sleek racing lines, F1 race cars and race driving shoes. Fine Italian dress shoes also inspired the stitching on the AJ XVIII’s outsole.Featuring a one piece leather upper, a carbon fiber comfort control plate incorporated into the midsole, a hand-stitched outsole, dual-layer heel and low-profile Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot. The AJ XVII was released in a pull-out box with a cut-out “18” on the lid. It included a brush for the black suede colorway, a towel for cleaning, and the Air Jordan XVIII Driver’s Manual booklet. The brand did a “Love” campaign surrounding the release of the AJ XVIII, celebrating MJ’s career and final NBA season.
Air Jordan released three colorways of the AJ XVIII in 2003. The Black/Royal was made of suede, while the White/Royal and White/Red were leather. Two low cut were released in Black/Black and White/University Blue. Along with the mids
and lows, Jordan released the Air Jordan 18.5. The main alteration in design was a perforated Jumpman logo on the side of the upper part of the sneaker.
In 2002-03 selected to his 14th and final NBA All-Star Game Michael Jordan wore the AJ XVIII kicks
Air Jordan XIX | Designer : Tate Kuerbis, Wilson Smith III, Jason Mayden,
Josh Heard, Suzette Henri | Released : 2004 | Original Price : $165
The AJ XIX featured lightweight, supportive
Tech Flex material on the upper to create the lightest, most breathable
Air Jordan to date. Tech Flex made the AJ XIX flexible while retaining
support and comfort.
It featured a carbon fiber
shank plate for torsional rigidity, a Phylon lightweight-foam midsole,
patent leather toe box, a Velcro heel strap, and plastic lace-locks. A
double-stacked heel and full-length Zoom Air ensured responsive,
The AJ XIX’s unique box opened from the middle, and each shoe came in a netted bag. Five colors of the original AJ XIX included the Black/Red, White/White/Grey, White/Black, White/Red, and White/Navy. Four AJ XIX SE colorways were released, as were four low-top models.
Air Jordan XX | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 2005 | Original Price : $175
Tinker Hatfield once again drew on MJ’s love of automobiles and motorsports. The XX also was the last in a five-model run of Air Jordans that covered the laces.
The shoe featured a ventilated sphere lining, an integrated midfoot support strap, a floating ankle leash, and an impact distribution plate. The midfoot strap offered lockdown while hiding the lacing system. Jordan introduced in the AJ XX the Independent Podular Suspension, a free-moving targeted cushioning system.
The heel bore the numbers 85 and 05, signifying the year the Air Jordan line was born and the year the XX released. The outsole of the XX included 20 herringbone pods that displayed the heritage of the Air Jordan franchise. An interesting highlight of the AJ XX was the laser-etched logo treatment on the strap, created by Mark Smith, to pay homage to Jordan’s life.
The XX released in three original colorways: White/Red/Black, Black/Black/Red, and White/Black/Red. Three regional colorways also were released: Chutney/White/Black, Red/White/Black, and University Blue/White/Black. A low and a 3/4 also were released in 2005.
Air Jordan XX1 | Designer : D’Wayne Edwards | Released : 2006 | Original Price : $175
The Air Jordan XX1 kept the same theme of luxurious automobiles that was popular throughout the Jordan line.This sneaker drew inspiration from the Bentley Continental GT luxury car.
The embodiment of premium style and elegance featured a seamless diamond-quilted bootie, clean upper, and a lower foot air grille. The double-lasted Phylon lightweight foam midsole lent a low-profile feel, while a carbon fiber shank plate allowed for maximum midfoot and arch support architecture .
New component of the AJ XX1 was the evolution of the Independent Podular Suspension technology. The
wearer could choose between Zoom Air or encapsulated Air cushioning in the heel of the shoe.
Two original colorways of the Air Jordan XX1 released in 2006. The White/Red model consisted of full-grain leather, while the Red/Black was constructed of rich suede. Two low versions also were released featuring black and white colors.
Air Jordan XX2 | Designer : D’Wayne Edwards | Released : 2007 | Original Price : $165
The Air Jordan XX2 shoe had the qualities of game’s greatest player. Inspiration came from the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, embodiment of the lethal speed and amazing agility .
The sharp lines of the XX2’s upper were patterned after the sharp maneuverability of the F-22, and the shoe’s efficient sculpted design and a stable extended heel counter made it lightweight and supportive, similar to a jet fighter airplane .
These kicks featured a triangular quilted pattern on the collar and a seamless bootie that maximized comfort and
breath ability. It featured zigzag stitching inspired by the jet. The first titanium-coated shank plate was built into the XX2, as were
titanium lace loops/lace locks. An invisible Independent Podular Suspension system, updated from the previous Air Jordan .Offered responsive double stacked Zoom Air low-profile cushioning or shock-absorbing encapsulated Air. A fresh chevron pattern was introduced to the outsole to improve traction.
AJ XX2 was released during the 2007 All-Star weekend on MJ’s 44th birthday, Feb. 17. Fifteen original colorways of the XX2 included a special edition made out of basketball leather. Other colorways represented various cities including Seattle, Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Atlanta.
Air Jordan XX3 | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 2008 | Original Price : $185
Michael Jordan made 23 the most famous jersey number in basketball if not all of sports history. Air Jordan XX3 would be one of the most anticipated sneakers in footwear ever seen. Tinker Hatfield returned to lead the design, and his take included new technology and craftsmanship to deliver a timeless addition to the Air Jordan shoe line.
The XX3 was the first basketball shoe to incorporate the Nike Considered construction system, which was developed to reduce waste and use environmentally friendly materials without affecting the performance of the shoe. MJ’s initials are stitched on the upper of each colorway. The shoe features a reinforced quarter panels hand-stitched upper, articulated chassis, full-length quilted bootie and carbon fiber shank plate.
Additionally has the lowest profile midsole of any of the Air Jordans, adding a responsive performance element. Zoom Air and tuned IPS pillars combined to lend cushioning. The tongue of each shoe features different logos: the left has a Jumpman and the right has a “23” logo. The outsole was modeled after MJ’s thumbprint. This also was seen on the inside of the tongue to represent the impact and identity of the man himself, whose signature was included on the toe box.
With a lot of fanfare around the XX3, 23 pairs of the Titanium model were released at the top 23 locations in the United States, retailing at $230 in Jan. 25, 2008. An All-Star colorway was released that February of that year.Other colorways included the White/Red, Grey/White/Black/Gold, and Stealth that was released a short time later. Three additional versions were created to commemorate MJ’s three teams: Black/University Blue/White for UNC, Black/Red/White for the Bulls, and Black/Royal/White for the Wizards. After the general releases, 23 pairs of a Black/Red XX3 were released at 23 pre-selected locations.
Air Jordan 2009 | Designer : Jason Mayden | Released : 2009 | Original Price : $190
After the Air Jordan XX3, the Jordan brand continued the iconic Air series but transitioned away from the numbered system. Each of the next four Air Jordan game shoes would be named after the year it was released.
The XX3 design was influenced by the Air Jordan I sneaker.Incorporated with panache leather influenced to the style of the AJ XI. The 2009 was the second Air Jordan to use the Nike Considered process, which focuses on low waste, and on water-based
solvent materials that don’t harm the environment.
The upper has pleated satin material for increased durability, and greater ventilation and lockdown. The lightweight design contours to the foot to maximize responsiveness and support.
The AJ 2009 has a Phylon lightweight-foam midsole for impact absorption and forefoot Zoom Air for cushioning. The design of the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) chassis is inspired by blown glass, lending a unique look to every shoe. The carbon fiber arch plate assists midfoot support and performance by lending torsional rigidity.
As with the XX3, Articulated Propulsion Technology cushioning allows for quick lateral movement on the court. The herringbone outsole includes flex grooves for natural motion and multi directional traction.
The 2009 launched in two colorways: White/Black/Grey and Black/Varsity Red. It was then released in the Black/Metallic Gold S23 colorway, which was limited to 2,009 pairs. Later in 2009, the Black/Varsity Red/White/Metallic Gold Hall of Fame colorway was released to commemorate MJ’s induction.
Air Jordan 2010 | Designer : Tinker Hatfield & Mark Smith | Released : 2010 | Original Price : $170
Air Jordan line turned 25 in 2010. The asymmetrical collar makes a return to theAir Jordan line with a higher medial (inner) side of the collar and the lateral side dropping lower than normal.
The 2010 has a clean toe and features a forefoot that is independent from the rest of the shoe, though a six-row stitch holds the toe together. It features clear thermoplastic polyurethane in only the essential areas on the shoe. The Phylon lightweight-foam midsole is
carved out and contoured for the best on-court performance. Full length Zoom Air unit is bottom-loaded into the outsole for low profile shock dispersion. This was borrowed from the world of running shoes and hadn’t been seen in basketball until now.
Lower to the ground and lighter, the 2010 was built to feel broken-in on the first wear. It has a thinner Zoom Air bag that provides the player with a better ability to feel the floor. The sneaker caters to the modern basketball player who needs to get up and down the court faster and more often. It features a comfortable, glove-like fit assuring the shoe fits snugly against the foot. The protruding outrigger provides excellent lateral stability.
This 25th Air Jordan is another Considered product, which avoids using harmful toxins to the environment and is built using fewer glues, and less stitching, energy, and waste .
Air Jordan 2011 | Designer : Tinker Hatfield & Tom Luedecke | Released : 2011 | Original Price : $180
The Jordan 2011 that highlight the high-quality craftsmanship, such as the fade of color in the leather, which can be hand-buffed for a change in color. In addition, the Jordan 2011 features a distinctive perforated pattern on the upper, a dynamic fit system and two mesh windows for breath ability. This attention to detail is what makes the 2011 such an extraordinary product. To top it off, the 2011 features a crazy lacing system – set up like “five little seatbelts” – and a brilliant insole/cushioning system.
There are two cushioning options with the AJ 2011:
The ‘Explosive’ option consists of red insoles for the explosiveplayer. They feature soft Cushlon foam with a full-length air bag,
creating a very responsive option for your feet.
The ‘Quick’ alternative entails a blue insole of Phylon lightweight foam and Zoom Air low-profile cushioning in the heel and forefoot, as this option is more about impact protection.
They were packaged with the left shoe as the “Explosive” and the right as the “Quick,” so wearers could tell right away which one was the right choice .
Air Jordan 2012 | Designer : Tinker Hatfield & Tom Luedecke | Released : 2012 | Original Price : $180
The “Fly Around” midsole is meant for quick perimeter players who relyon speed and agility to reach the basket. It features forefoot foam and a Zoom Air low-profile cushioning unit in the heel.
The “Fly Over” midsole is for the player who relies on elevation and off-the-ground explosiveness to impact the game. This midsole has a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot and an encapsulated Air Sole unit in the heel for a soft landing.
– The power player looking to control the inside is offered the “Fly Through” sole, with its full-length Air-Sole unit for an appropriate amount of impact protection.
They were packaged with the left shoe as the “Explosive” and the right as the “Quick,” so wearers could
tell right away which one was the right choice for them.
. The low-cut sleeve works well for the quick player
seeking a greater range of motion. The high-cut sleeve enhances overall
ankle support, stability, and foot protection.
The AJ 2012 couldn’t be a high-performance sneaker without a well-built outer shell. Hatfield and Luedecke brought several
performance innovations to the shoe, which included the debut of a Jordan-specific carbon-weave shank plate for superior midfoot stability. The wingtip on the toe-box has tight double stitching and perforations in the shape of an “M” as a reference to the man himself. Thin lines throughout the midsole give the shoe some extra style while also serving as scratch marks that represent Jordan’s “Black Cat” nickname.
Air Jordan XX8 | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 2013 | Original Price : $250
February 2013 saw the return to the numbered naming convention of the Air Jordan series I through XX3, as the brand had gone with the year from 2009 through 2012.
The XX8 featured all the cushioning and stability technologies one might expect from Jordan’s flagship model. But it all lived behind a shroud, zippered to enable the wearer to decide just how much to reveal.
The sock-like shroud of the XX8, comprised of a high end material from Schoeller textiles in Switzerland, featured a zipper front
that folded down neatly to reveal a “2” on the medial (out) side of one shoe and a “3” on the medial of the other MJ’s number. It offers a blank slate that the Jordan brand promised to usefor a variety of eye-catching colorways during the shoe’s life cycle.
The XX8 featured a number of technologies:
– Zoom Air for low-profile cushioning
– All-new Jordan Flight Plate for torsional rigidity
– Dynamic Fit straps for flexible support
– Carbon fiber heel counter for support
– Mesh upper for flexibility and ventilation
The new Jordan Flight Plate that debuted in the midsole of the XX8 was about two years in development. It consisted of a moderator plate, the Zoom Air unit, and rubber.For added stability, the XX8 included a molded, carbon-fiber external heel counter that
served as a natural extension of the Flight Plate.
Air Jordan XX9 | Designer : Tinker Hatfield | Released : 2014 | Original Price : $225
Launched September 2014 honoring the Chinese Year of the Goat. Air Jordan XX9 was the lightest ever created in the AJ line and mixed premium elements of technology and aesthetics .
A revolutionary upper consisted of a performance-woven single piece, designed to eliminate excessive layering. This finish allowed a wide open design canvas, which debuted and continued in some colorways with an oversized Jumpman logo.Designed upper to allow structure, support, interior comfort, and exterior abrasion resistance in a style inspired by an Italian label manufacturer. This upper alleviated an issue in previous versions, where the old practice of adding layers could create problem areas.
The fall release broke tradition for the Jordan brand, which had been releasing mid-winter since the AJ XVI in February 2000.The
flexible, sock-like feel for which Hatfield aimed in the AJ XX9 came from Flight Web tunnels and strategic panels of stiffer and softer flex material. These were created to enhance natural motion. With webbed straps wrapped the foot and integrated with the laces at the midfoot to move with the foot.
A double lasted heel helped to cushion impact and articulated padding in the ankle collar added tothe premium look as well as the comfort of the sneaker
Air Jordan XXX | Designer : Tinker Hatfield & Mark Smith | Released : 2016 | Original Price : $200
In guiding the Air Jordan line of signature sneakers into the future, Tinker Hatfield drew his direction from the past. It was an image of Michael Jordan soaring to the hoop during the 1988 slam dunk contest that inspired Hatfield as the legendary designer partnered with Mark Smith to develop the Air Jordan XXX.
Released on February 12, 2016, the AJ XXX served as an evolutionary step from theAJ XX9, which introduced a single-piece woven upper to the Jordan family. Hatfield pointed to the AJs III, IV, and V – and the barely noticeable differences in the midsole and outsole among the three models – as proof that Jays will carry over tooling that has worked previously.
AJ XXX broke into five categories:
Height – Taking another page from the past, Hatfield and Smith chose an asymmetrical collar similar to that of the AJ XII, a design aimed at blending ankle support with flexibility and mobility.
Toe – MJ has long liked the “toe down” look of his shoes. Smith designed the toe specially for the XXX, though he did draw from the
patent leather rand of the XI.
While the Flight Plate of the XX9 became the Flight Speed of the XXX, Hatfield and Smith described the difference as being little more than “the cut.” It’s important to maintain much of what works, they said, so they’re not asking one of Jordan’s top athletes, Russell Westbrook, to start from scratch as a test pilot every year.
Material – Hatfield and Smith struck a careful balance between maintaining the performance features that worked, while pushing the
design envelope as Jordan brand fans have come to expect. The upper is a soft and breathable mix of woven and knit materials. The “lofted knit” that lends padded comfort to the supportive ankle collar is the firstsuch appearance in the Jordan line, according to Smith. A visual element on the midsole also offers a fresh look, adding a “galaxy” image to the shoe.
Fit – This one-piece upper was designed to carry over the flexible feel of the XX9, and while the downsized Flight Speed plate was intended to bring along the technology thatenabled the wearer to be quick on the court.
Air Jordan XXXI | Designer : Tate Kuerbis | Released : 2016 | Original Price : $185
For the Air Jordan XXXI that the Jordan brand unveiled to the public in July 2016 and released that September, he drew heavily from the original Air Jordan for the silhouette of the XXXI.
Benefits of infusing the original Air Jordan included its added ankle support with the higher top, and that its lower-profile midsole put the foot low to the ground. This allowed the wearer to be more responsive on the court, shifting one way before breaking the other, according to the designer.
One way the AJ XXXI looked to the future was in the way it incorporated old-school leather with the latest technology, Flyweave. Born of aerospace technology, Flyweave uses old-school weaving of space-age fabric for an upper that is lightweight but strong.
Combining Flyweave with leather in the heel gives the wearer a flexible forefootalong with support and containment in the heel.
The ankle collar trimmed down the amount of foam, removing some unneeded weight while leaving enough to focus padding and support where the ankle needs it. That gave the shoe a one-to-one fit and added to the lockdown the wearer would need.
Nike designed its midsole Flight Speed system to blend elements to give athletes an explosive first step as well as an extra boost in their jumps as well as their jump shot.
The combined woven-and-leather upper also lent itself to interesting color blocking, which the Jordan brand put on display with its first Black-Red (“Bred”) Chicago-inspired release. Again borrowing from the look of the original, the AJ XXXI interspersed black and red threads throughout the weave, creating a subtle fade pattern that gave way to black on the heel. That set an ideal backdrop for the familiar red Jumpman logo that MJ made so famous. Incorporated into the weave was a subtle Nike Swoosh, the first logo to adorn MJ’s signature shoes. But the second, and MJ’s first personal logo, was the Wings logo, which is embossed on the medial/inner side of the ankle collar.
It all sits atop a color gradient midsole. And while most of the AJ XXXI’s colorways follow this general template, some go for a more monochromatic look. And others, like the Black/Metallic Silver/Black, include a translucent
Air Jordan XXXII | Designer : Tate Kuerbis | Released : 2017 | Original Price : $185
Before taking its next step forward, the Jordan brand first cast its gaze to the past.That meant revisiting the first Air Jordan to be manufactured outside the United States, in Italy. It was by visiting Italia that Jordan was able to find the refined mastery of processes that it wanted in order to convey the sense of premium styling that was so important to MJ.
Most noticeable is the way the XXXII emulates the sloping lines of the II. The horizontal fins across the Achilles on the II are blown out on the XXXII, covering a larger area and flowing into the rest of the design. AJ XXXII is a premium blend of high
performance with luxurious aesthetics.AJ features a Flyknit upper stitching for the first time ever. Comprised of high tenacity yarn that combines stretch,zonal lockdown and support. Has a deeper texture than recent Air Jordan models that also featured woven
uppers. Esthetically mixes the ideas of flexibility, performance and comfort.The cushioning includes tuned up
Flight Speed technology, a midfoot carbon-fiber plate designed to unharness the energy of low-profile Zoom Air units.
The XXXII positioned the Zoom Air bag similar to how it was used in the Air Jordan XX8, which Jordan touted as being a significant step forward in the line’s technology. The smallest bits add up to a whole new look. The Wings logo appears on the
tongue, and the laces virtually disappear into the Flyknit upper.Even the traction got new detailing. A herringbone traction pattern consisting of a wiper-blade look was designed to add a tried-and-true grip on the court. But through the frosty outsole you’ll see the familiar Jumpman logo.
The release of the XXXII marked the first time an Air Jordan model was released globally in both a mid and a low.
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