As Jordan Brand has done over the years, reflecting on the past accomplishments of MJ with storytelling through footwear has become a staple in the brand’s plans. Now, to honor Michaels first three-peat with the Bulls, they are releasing the three shoes that he wore to win championships and they feature a common theme. The featured shoes are the Air Jordan 6, Air Jordan 7, and the Air Jordan 8; a nod to the sneakers MJ wore during championships from ’91 to ’93. Mike didn’t only win championships during that time, he also won three scoring titles and three finals MVPs.
Now, the sacred ‘Infrared’ Retro 6 that Jordan wore during his first title run swaps that all-black upper for an eye-catching 3M. This isn’t the first time that Jordan has decked out a retro in an all 3M upper with the first being the ‘Green Bean’ Retro 5 back in 2006 and the most recent being the Air Jordan 5Lab3 pairs back in 2014. Fast forward to present day and we’re being blessed with a brand new Retro 6. The retros entire upper features a reflective material that is complimented by Black detailing on the sole and tongue and Infrared accents on the mudguard and Jumpman logos. Along with its flashy 3M upper, the shoe also features Nike Air on the heels and is finished with clean icy outsoles.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 6 ‘Reflections Of A Champion’ on June 8th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
When it comes to player’s who have gotten their own Air Jordan Retro PE’s, very few are as highly regarded as Ray Allen. He started to build that reverence in his days with the Milwaukee Bucks. It continued when he moved to the Seattle Supersonics, then to the Boston Celtics and with his final stop in Miami. Over the course of his career. Allen built quite the illustrious collection of player exclusives. Allen aka “Jesus Shuttlesworth” aka “Sugar Ray” aka “Mr. Basketball” has been out of the league for four years after retiring in 2016, but he still holds the PE title. Taking it back, Jordan Brand is now releasing a Retro 7 PE that Allen wore during his time with the Milwaukee Bucks. This player exclusive is one of the first to get a retail release with the player’s logo on the shoe.
Signing in 1997, Allen was one of the first five players to become members of team Jordan. He finally got his very own PE retros in 2002 with the Air Jordan 7 in a home and away makeup of the Bucks colors. Now, to celebrate his infamous NBA Career and his 2018 Hall of Fame induction, Jordan Brand is releasing an Air Jordan 7 Ray Allen colorway to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of his ’96 draft. Leave it to JB to tie in the number 23 in a subtle way. This shoe features a Black nubuck upper and is complimented by Grey and Purple accents on the midsole. Like the OG Bucks jerseys of that time, hints of Green are seen on the tongue and ankle collar and blend with the Purple Jumpman logo on the ankle. The icing on the cake is Ray’s custom logo that is seen on the insole of the shoe.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 7 ‘Bucks’ on June 1st at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
Ever since the Air Jordan 1 dropped back in 1985, people found an alternate use for the shoe that didn’t involve a basketball court. Back in the ’80s, skateboarders discovered that the Jordan sneaker was perfect for skating. With its leather construction the shoe was durable and could take a beating, the thin sole provided skaters with a good feel of the board, and a padded collar which offered a lot of support. When Peter Moore designed the Jordan 1, skateboarding was probably the last thing he was thinking the shoe would be used for. But over the years skaters have fallen in love with the Jordan 1. Back in 2014, Jordan Brand collaborated with skater Lance Mountain and they brought the first Jordan skate shoe to life with three different colorways of the Nike SB x Air Jordan 1.
What made the Lance Mountain Jordan 1’s so special was that one pair was made up of a Jordan 1 ‘Bred’ for the right shoe and Jordan 1 ‘Royal’ for the lift and vice versa depending on which paint color you got. One pair featured an all white paint upper on both shoes and the other set featured an all black paint upper that would wear away as you skated in them or beat them up over time. This was the first time the sneaker world had seen anything like this and sneaker heads went crazy over it.
Now, Jordan Brand and Nike SB are dropping another sneaker that has that lance mountain esque quality of revealing the colorway under a top layer of paint. In its fresh out of the box state, the sneaker’s leather construction is covered in Black, White and Light Bone paint, but when worn, the Black on the Swooshes and heel collar reveals a Bright Crimson color, while the Grey leather on the upper unveils a complimenting Light Pink color. Depending on if you want the paint to wear away naturally, or you customize it yourself, the possibilities of what your pair will look like are endless.
Grab your pair of the Nike SB x Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG ‘NYC to Paris’ on May 25th at Finishline.com. Raffle winners may pick up their pair from the store they picked for the reservation on Saturday.
Nodding to an Air Jordan 1 from 1985, this next Jordan release for the ladies will come with something a little extra than just a classic Black/White colorway.
Only difference includes black laces instead of white and a textured fur material on the overlays and Swoosh. This sneaker is the perfect pair for your rotation this spring and summer because black and white is a girls best friend for all your style needs.
Get your pair of the Women’s Air Jordan 1 High OG ‘Twist’ on 5/10 at finishline.com.
If you asked around the sneaker community, most sneakerheads would agree that the Air Jordan ‘Black Infrared’ 6s are high in the ranks as one of the best shoes of all time. Not only are these beautifully designed, but they have some serious history behind them. Jordan won his first championship in these in 1991 when the Bulls defeated the Lakers. But many forget that these historic sneakers made their presence known well before that Championship series even started. Jordan debuted the Air Jordan 6 ‘Black Infrared’ to the world back in February of 1991 when he stepped out on the court in Charlotte in front of his home state to play in the NBA All-Star game. Debuting a shoe to the world was very different back then. There weren’t any debut events or fuzzy pictures taken on a flip phone to leak the shoe to the world.
The shoes were designed by the legend, Tinker Hatfield after MJ’s favorite German sports car. While the silhouette is simplistic and perfect to most, it’s grown to have a reputation off the court as a favorite of many celebrities and influential people over the years. The ‘Infrared’ color has become so popular over the years that Jordan Brand decided to rename it to “Infrared23.” The color isn’t just for the 6s anymore, it is now featured on multiple other Jordan Brand models.
While it hasn’t been that long since we last saw a release of this popular shoe, we are now getting it with classic touches like ‘Nike Air’ on the heel. Back in 2014 when they last dropped, people had said the ‘Infrared’ color was too pink and not enough like the original, but Jordan Brand nailed every detail on this years release. The 2019 version brings back the 1991 feel, with ‘Nike Air’ on the heel and the Jumpman x Nike lace lock and ‘Infrared’ accents. It also maintains the reflective heel detailing and nubuck of the original. Crafted to mirror the original iteration, the 2019 Air Jordan VI also features a PU molded sockliner.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 6 ‘Black Infrared’ on February 16th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
With 2019 off and rolling, we’ve seen Jordan Brand bring some classics back out and some new colorways that we haven’t seen before. Like they do every year for the NBA All-Star game, Jordan is coming for everyones pockets with all their drops that can’t be turned down. One of the many kicks they will be debuting is this new look Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG that is made new with weathered suede overlaying traditional tumbled leather with “SP 19 Air Jordan 1 Retro High” seen on the side of the shoe. Dressed in a colorway that is too clean; Tubro Green, White, Light Smoke Grey and Sail takeover the sneaker. This Air Jordan 1 comes in a pre-worn look that we haven’t seen on a Retro 1 before. Its Green and White upper with Yellow Nike Air tongue labels atop a Sail midsole and Grey rubber outsole completes the design. The UNC-esque color scheme is perfect for the release as they build off the hype of the All-Star game being in Charlotte.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG ‘Flight Nostalgia’ on February 15th at Finishline.com. Raffle winners may pick up their pair from the store they picked for the reservation at a later date due to a delay in store inventory.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is going to held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and an Air Jordan Retro 9 inspired by Michael Jordan’s Carolina beginnings will be releasing just in time for the celebratory weekend. Usually when it comes to nods to MJ’s alma mater, that familiar shade of Carolina Blue takes center stage, but this time around it is Midnight Navy that is responsible for the most of this offering’s real estate. It’s only right that Jordan Brand pays homage to MJ’s history in the state with the classic colorways that honor his time in a Tar-heels jersey.
The sneaker’s textured leather upper is shaded in the clean hue, while glossy leather in dark navy is used to cover the rest of the style. Hits of light blue are also seen on the branded areas across the tongue and heel area, followed by a white outsole to top it all off. This Air Jordan 9 Retro dons a colorway that mixes a Tar Heel friendly palette of White, University Blue, and Midnight Navy with patent leather accents that are reminiscent of the 2002 release of the Air Jordan 9 Low ‘Pearl Blue’. That memorable low-top release is fondly remembered because of its clean look but you always need a high top to compliment the low top.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 9 ‘Pearl Blue’ on February 9th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
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.
This celebrated sneaker features a Black satin upper with White textured overlays to compliment the matching White sole. Metallic Gold details and the multicolored pattern that are found on the inner lining completes the design. One of the key features on this year’s Air Jordan 12 ‘Chinese New Year’ design is its Black, fabric upper that can either fade away over time or be removed on purpose to reveal the hidden layer of Chinese Bai Jia Yi patterns.
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 all know the story of Michael Jordan being cut from his high school varsity team when he was just an underdeveloped sophomore. We also know that devastating blow was what initially willed Jordan to become the greatest basketball player of all time. Both those defining moments took place at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Back in 2000, Jordan Brand honored Jordan’s high school with an Air Jordan 5. The shoe has grown to become one of the best non-OG Air Jordan 5s, and was retroed for the first time back in 2013. Now, Jordan Brand is starting 2019 by opening a new chapter for the Laney series.
While previous Laney Air Jordan 5’s used a White leather as a base, this new color scheme dons a full-on varsity experience. Now, this new makeup has Blue nubuck being served as the base color for the upper, while a speckled Grey midsole offers contrast. A Yellow chenille material, similar to what you’d see on a letterman jacket’s patches appears on the tongue’s Jumpman, heel “23” logo and the sockliner, and the look is rounded out by a translucent outsole with more Yellow and Blue detailing.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 5 JSP ‘Laney’ on February 2nd at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.