The Jordan 2 was never the most popular silhouette, (it is LaVar Ball’s favourite sneaker) and it wasn’t the greatest retro, either. It had giant shoes to fill following the iconic release of the Jordan 1 the year before and the creators were scrambling at ways to revive the model.
Enter: Air Jordan 32.
The Jordan 2 it does have the distinction of being made in Italy. Something the no other Air Jordan ever had, until plans to create the Jordan 32 began. And when the model was released, the Jumpman 23 family chose Turin in Italy to reveal the model.
With the all new Air Jordan 32, the Brand is bringing back the 2’s imprint, fusing top-of-the-line performance with expert craftsmanship.
“The XXXII is a great combination of performance and style,” Oklahoma City Thunder guard and signature Jordan athlete Russell Westbrook said.
“The way I play demands that I have the best performing sneaker on my feet and style is something that is engrained in me as a person and player.”
The Jordan 32 has a Nike Flyknit upper, sitting on top of a Nike Zoom Air unit in both the heel and forefoot. The main cushioning is finished off by Jordan Brand’s signature Flight Plate, with a lightweight, energy-returning material on the midsole.
The lacing system is accompanied by the Flyknit upper, which makes its Jordan Brand debut on their sneakers. The Flyknit’s high-tenacity yarn makes the shoe flexible, supportive and comfortable. It is mainly used for runners and is amongst the lightest shoe ever.
“We start with athlete insights at the heart of everything we do,” David Creech, Jordan Brand VP of Design, said. “We craft every detail from macro to micro, obsessing fit, form and function. Thirty years ago, they obsessed those same details when designing the AJ II, which led to the premium materials and the innovative style of Italy. Our goal with the AJ XXXII was to combine the essence of the AJ II with today’s best innovation to create a distinct design language both on and off the court.
“With Jordan shoes, we obsess the style in a way that puts many of the performance elements under the hood, so to speak. 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.”
The first Air Jordan 32 colorway, the “Rosso Corsa” drops on September 23, followed by the Bred mid and Bred low on October 18.