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Jordan Brand is no stranger to celebrating the Chinese New Year with signature kicks. Over the years we’ve seen JB give us some dope sneakers that honor the zodiac animal sign for that year. Zodiac themed Jordan’s are nothing new, we’ve seen Retros; team Jordan’s, and even special packs that honored the Chinese New Year. Some of the most notoriously known colorways are the Year of the Rabbit, Year of the Dragon, Year of the Snake and this year, we get the Year Of the Pig. Like last year, Jordan Brand is using the Retro 12 model to bring to life the storytelling practice of ancient Chinese patchwork and quilting (also known as 百家衣 / baijiayi). For centuries, Chinese patchwork has been given to children as a symbol of prosperity, strength and appreciation. Quilt pieces are sourced from multiple families in a community, which earned the patchwork a nickname, the “Hundred-families” robe.

This celebrated iteration of the shoe features a Black satin upper with White textured overlays atop a matching White rubber sole. Metallic Gold detailing and multicolored pattern on the inner lining, which could be a nod to the celebration of CNY, completes the design. One of the key embellishments featured on this year’s Air Jordan 12 ‘Chinese New Year’ design is its Black, fabric upper that is meant to either fade away with wear or be purposely removed to reveal a hidden layer of traditional Chinese Bai Jia Yi quilting. Underneath the fabric upper is an aforementioned colorful, eye-catching pattern that boasts vibrant combinations of Blue, Red, Yellow, and much more.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘CNY’ on February 5th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

We’re well into the winter months and the lovely weather that comes with the season. If you’re one that loves to rock their retros year round but have to resort to a backup in the winter then Jordan Brand has you covered. You don’t want to mess up your prize pairs, sacrificing them to salt and snow, but you still want to have something fresh on your feet. It’s a difficult Catch-22 of sorts, and one that Jordan Brand is doing their part to solve with their new ‘Winter’ Air Jordan 12s. Back in October, Jordan dropped their first round of winterized Retros with multiple colorways of the Retro 9 that were built to withstand the weather.

Now, they’re dropping another winter-ready pair in the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Winter’. The all-black kicks feature a rubberized upper for maximum durability and resilience, while a terry cloth-lined collar ensures they’re extra-warm for the cold days as well. Just because they feature a toned-down colorway doesn’t mean that they’re skipping out on the detailing either, as the textured upper is accented by stitched panels, the AJ 12’s signature large mudguard, and tonal Jumpman branding on the tongue, throat, mid foot, and heel.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Winter’ on December 15th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

It wasn’t long ago that any all red sneaker would sell out instantly and get tagged with the ‘Red October’ name. Kicks were dropping one after another in the infamous color scheme and lately it has slowed down. Now, Jordan Brand is decking out the Retro 12 model in an allover Gym Red and Black colorway that would have looked so good on Mike while he was playing. With many silhouettes releasing in a heap of earth tones, the upcoming release is a refreshing addition to the holiday season, ushering in luxe materials that don the all red scheme. A sultry nubuck accompanies a reptilian-esque mudguard while metal hardware is added to complete the overall premium aesthetic, and although the all-red look may be a figment of past trends, it has always been well received.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Gym Red’ on November 24th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

After seeing the “Rush Pink” and “Light Aqua” colorways of this Jordan style, the brand is pushing forward with a purple look that will turn heads this season. A paneled Desert Sand upper with tonal stitching shows off the base of bold purple accents. With a combination of different textures and color, this Jordan Retro 12 is ready for any style. Past releases have been a success, so we know this AJ12 will get people clicking! Ladies, size down 1.5 to fit this style and show off this shade of purple with your go-to sportswear.

Get your pair of this Kid’s Air Jordan Retro 12 in Pro Purple & Desert Sand on 11/17 at finishline.com. 

Being a part of Jordan Brand is a special honor that not many get the honor of. The elite club of Jordan athletes, entertainers, and musicians who are on that special roster get their special pick of product, dope events, and even some get their own retro collaboration or signature model. Like we saw at the Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake got his own special iteration of the Jordan 3 and now Chris Paul is getting his own version of the Jordan 12.

This special retro is a part of the ‘Back To School’ collection that honors the respective alma maters of Jordan family members Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. Taking on his high schools colors, this Air Jordan 12 honors Chris Paul’s alma mater, West Forsyth High School. In 2003, Chris Paul graduated from West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina before he went on to take his basketball career to the next level at Wake Forest University. To match West Forsyth’s school colors, Jordan Brand created an Air Jordan 12 that’s dressed in a stately combination of Olive, Sail, Black, and Metallic Gold. A premium aesthetic takes center stage on this pair, as its eyelets come dipped in Metallic Gold and the pair replaces standard Jordan 12 leather with a satin and suede construction. Finishing touches include ‘Class of 2003’ screen-printed on the sneaker’s left insole while Paul’s signature CP3 logo takes shape on the right.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Class Of 2003’ on August 11th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

The ever popular Air Jordan Retro 12 silhouette is coming in a new colorway for kids (and women if you size down 1.5). The new style features a white leather upper, a fresh light aqua sole and overlays, and black detailing. This color is making its mark in several shoes from Air Jordan lately, including the Kids’ Air Jordan Retro 5, and it’s clearly making its mark this summer. It’s a fun spin on a classic kids’ sneaker that will add a pop of color to any outfit.

Get your pair of the Kid’s Air Jordan Retro 12 at finishline.com on 8/4.

Written by John Gotty 

Few college basketball teams are more revered than the University of Michigan’s Fab Five. Michigan’s 1991 recruiting class of Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson played with a brashness that made an instant impact on college hoops. Their play was matched by the moxie in how they dressed, donning baggy shorts, black sneakers and black socks all by Nike. The young phenoms ran the court with confidence beyond their years. Even though their run was limited to two seasons, the five true freshmen changed the way the college game was played and how players looked.

Their dominance ran parallel with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls first three-peat from 1991-1993. The fact that both entities shared direct connections with Nike gave the brand a combo punch as it came to captivating fans’ attention and focusing it on what the players were wearing. The two driving forces shaped what cool looked like on the court and essential to transforming basketball footwear into a sales juggernaut for decades to come.

Michigan’s trendsetting history on the court stretches back to mid-‘80s with Jordan’s parent company Nike. The school’s hoops squad became one of eight chosen to receive team-issue Dunks as part of the “Be True to Your School” campaign. At the time, the move stood out as it created a color punch over the usual white-based shoes most teams sported. Michigan’s navy and maize, Syracuse’s orange and white and St. John’s red and white Dunks still resonate with buyers. It’s the reason why they’ve seen numerous reissues since the original release.  

Over the years, we’ve seen countless colleges connect with footwear brands for apparel, equipment and footwear partnerships. The Oregon Ducks benefit hugely from being the alma mater of Nike’s Phil Knight. Michael Jordan makes sure athletes at the University of North Carolina stay laced in the finest baby blue kicks and apparel on the planet. Likewise, UNC’s main rival Duke sported illustrious blue-based shoes. And lest we forget Kentucky, another original “Be True” school, whose basketball players have taken the court in both Nike and Jordan signature models over the years.

Each school gets their own unique kicks dipped in bold team colors with branding specific to them. Player exclusive versions gain their desirability since they seldomly launch with limited runs. Sneakerheads immediately started buzzing when North Carolina debuted special Jordans like the ‘Win Like ‘82’ pair during a preseason scrimmage in October 2017. Seeing the shoes first in that setting created an energy which fueled sales when the shoes released to retail a month later. Pairs like the ‘Oregon’ Air Jordan 3s and OVO Jordan 8s made for Kentucky pique the interest of even the most casual observer. While more and more player exclusives have made it to store shelves in recent times, most stay locked away in equipment closets where they’re reserved for student-athletes.

Thankfully, the sneaker gods in Beaverton, Oregon decided to give buyers a slice of the good life by releasing the ‘Michigan’ Air Jordan 12 Retro. The model is rich in history since its the shoe MJ wore for his legendary “Flu Game” performance. The Michigan-specific version bears close resemblance to the PSNY pair reserved for members of the school’s football squad. A supple navy nubuck dresses almost the entire upper save for a few hits of golden yellow on the eyelets, the midfoot TPU and heel tab. The M logo emblazoned on the right tongue is the biggest visual nod to the Wolverines.

Athletes still work as influencers with a strong sway over buyers, particularly youth actively participating in sports. Making special make-ups available for the general public to purchase makes perfect sense for footwear companies. Magical moments made on the court evoke memories marketing money can’t supply. The kids want to wear what they see players wearing on the TV screen and in YouTube highlight clips. They want the jersey, the shorts, the socks, and wristbands, too. And, of course, the shoes.

Of course, most sneaker enthusiasts young and old know their hoop dreams may never materialize into anything larger than that. But it doesn’t mean they still can’t have nice things, like the “Michigan” Jordan 12 Retro.

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Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Michigan’ on June 23rd at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.