In recent years, the NBA All Star Game and surrounding festivities are undoubtedly the biggest weekend of the year for sneaker enthusiasts. It wasn’t always that way, however.
Sure, if you’re a fan of sneakers, you probably have watched the Slam Dunk Contest for as long as you can remember. But depending on how old you are, you either watched it back in the day, or relived the 1996 All Star Game through throwback basketball jerseys (Did someone say greatest All Star jerseys of all time?), YouTube binges, or the powers that be on the internet. Regardless of how you found out about Michael Jordan dropping 20 in the Columbia 11s to get himself an All Star Game MVP, 1996 in San Antonio changed how people planned their All Star Weekend schedule.
Fast forward 18 years, and Jordan Brand is now on the 29th version of the signature Air Jordan model. The Jordan XX9, like a majority of its lineage, is a design that pushes technology of basketball sneakers towards the next level. The focal point of the Air Jordan XX9’s design might usually be the re-engineered Flight Plate, its performance woven upper, or the fact that it’s the lightest Air Jordan ever, but when it comes to this “Riverwalk” edition, it’s the colorway that steals the limelight.
Inspired by San Antonio’s Riverwalk, the Fusion Pink and Tropical Teal hues blend together throughout the upper like an oasis. Albeit, an oasis that stirs up memories of The Goat in the River City with a modern twist.
You can grab the Air Jordan XX9 Riverwalk at 8am EST on October 25th on FinishLine.com.