Its color, compared to their AJ1 Mid, is much more subtle, as the palette’s yellow and orange accents appear infrequently across the toe, profile, heel, and DIY-esque stitching. An off-white finish and light grey build out much of the upper, both of which make up for their lack of pop with rippled fringes, brogue-inspired perforations, and a unique all-over debossing. What’s more, alongside the co-branding at the heel, the pair is packaged with special insoles, whose graphic Off-White x Nike Shoes features a cameo from MJ himself as well as the mention of the United Youth International.
But legacy can still be youthful in spirit. One such group, the Human Rights Campaign HRC, brings a legacy that’s more than four decades long. This vision has been supported by a robust partnership strategy, with grants contributing to the areas of social justice, economic empowerment and education and awareness. Seen here for the first time is an all-new Stealth colorway in a super-crisp white grey colorway. The color-blocking is similar to the Air Jordan 1 Heritage as well as the rare royal-toe sample from 1985 one that was later referenced in the Travis Scott x fragment collaboration. The Air Jordan XXXVI cushioning set-up is the most Zoom Air coverage that Jordan Brand has put into a signature shoe.
The Zoom Soldier was all about the overt straps over the midsole and Nike Off White on the heel. The Air Force 1, in its first BeTrue edition, features a 10-color heel mark inspired by the More Color, More Pride flag introduced in Philadelphia in 2017. Irving grew up and entered the professional arena during an era that benefited from being able to pick footwear from the best of the best.
Although the color-blocking itself can’t be connected to an original colorway of the Air Jordan 1, there’s no denying its place in the Air Jordan 1 family. The timing points back to when the shoe debuted in Cleveland during All-Star Weekend in 1997. Unexpected geometries and hand-made detailing are hallmarks of the new Nike Air Zoom Type. Within the basketball landscape, we wanted to create a new language for light, says Jacqueline Lefferts, Nike x Off-White Jordan Brand Lead Materials Designer. Varied textures like soft french terry on the hoodie and heavy cotton on the graphic T-shirt make every garment an unexpected experience – and an unexpected pairing within the larger collection. Jokes aside, this upcoming Air Jordan 3 seems to focus on the one detail that has allowed it to stand apart from every sneaker in history.