Today finds Jordan Brand officially taking the wraps off the Air Jordan, blending style and performance with an upper constructed from a first-of-its-kind Flyknit build, featuring a high-tenacity yarn. The result is a more flexible upper than any previous iteration of the shoe, with the knit structure reducing the stiffness at the forefoot while modernizing the moccasin-like toe first seen in the Jordan 2. The contemporary knit structure is balanced by a more conventional heel counter made with either molded leather or suede. "With Jordan shoes, we obsess the style in a way that puts many of the performance elements under the hood, so to speak," explains designer Tate Kuerbis. "For example, I wanted to make the laces just disappear into the knit structure, but inside there is a whole harness system with webbing that really locks down your foot."
Kuerbis, who also designed the 28, notes that the older silhouette is still regarded as one of the best playing game shoes in the franchise, thanks to its Nike Zoom Air bag, Flight Plate and heel Zoom. "For the 32, we pistoned the bag just as much as the 28, but we smoothed out the transition," says Kuerbis. The set-up ultimately allows for maximum surface area on the court, while the herringbone outsole also improves court feel.
The Air Jordan 32 launches September 23rd in an introductory "Rosso Corsa" colorway. It's followed on October 18 with a "Bred" colorway, featured on both a mid and low version of the shoe. Check out detailed looks in the gallery below.
Release Date: 9/23/17 (Saturday)