The Black and Varsity Red version of the Air Jordan 31 will hit shelves this weekend. Here are a few interesting facts about the latest colorway of Michael Jordan’s latest performance basketball sneaker.
Jordan Brand is marketing the Air Jordan 31 as the heir apparent to the iconic Air Jordan 1 from 1985. The Air Jordan 31 “Banned” borrows the original Air Jordan’s best-selling color scheme.
Sneaker enthusiast Jacques Slade reported that the upcoming sneaker will be a mix between the old and new. It pays homage to past Air Jordan models while flaunting its own innovations.
Slade pointed out that the Air Jordan 31 is the first Jordan sneaker to feature the Nike swoosh since the Air Jordan 1. It is also the first to feature the Wings logo since the Air Jordan 2.
“Why bring them back for almost thirty years? Well, that speaks to the concept and vision behind the Air Jordan 31,” he said. “They’ve taken the shoe back to where it started from, but thinking about it in forms of style and technology of today.”
According to Nike.com, the Air Jordan 31 sports the FlightSpeed cushioning system with full-length Zoom Air. Flywire cables provide lateral support while Herringbone traction pattern on the translucent outsole delivers multi-directional coverage.
The Air Jordan 31 is a sneaker of many firsts. Aside from having three different logos, it is the first to blend Flyweave material and synthetic leather on the upper. The Flyweave material on the toe box and forefoot area slowly transitions to synthetic leather on the heel and collar. The shoe also has the word “Banned” inscribed in bold letters on the outsole.
The Air Jordan 31 Banned colorway will release on Saturday, September 3. Men’s sizes will be worth $185 on the SNKRS app while Kid’s sizes cost $160 on Nike.com.