Air Jordans remain iconic – but what does the latest incarnation have in store?

Meet the Air Jordan XXXII, a shoe – Nike say – which is inspired by the essence of the Air Jordan II but a little extra tech inside.
Formed with high –tenacity yarns, the Air Jordan XXXII’s Flyknit upper propels a new level of performance and comfort for an on-court shoe. The digital craft of the knit is balanced by a more traditional application of a folded leather or suede at the heel counter – a feature that underscores a level of sport luxury that’s been tied to Jordan DNA since the II.
“With Jordan shoes, we obsess the style in a way that puts many of the performance elements under the hood, so to speak,” explained the XXXII’s designer, Tate Kuerbis. “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.”

Three versions of the shoe launch this autumn

Kuerbis, who designed the Jordan XVIII, XIX and XXXI, clearly knows his fair share of Jordan lore. This is further evidenced through his understanding of when an idea from the brand’s heritage still holds weight.

“The XXVIII is still regarded as one of the best playing game shoes we’ve had,” he said.” Its mix of big forefoot Nike Zoom Air bag, Flight Plate and heel Zoom positioned athletes for quick reactions and, in true Jordan fashion, readies them for flight.

“For the XXXII, we pistoned the bag just as much as the XXVIII, but we smoothed out the transition,” Kuerbis explains. “This set-up allows maximum surface area on the court.” It also improves court feel and is aided by a fresh traction pattern, a herringbone formed of a series of almost wiper blade-like shapes.”

All the various editions of the shoe will be released this autumn as part of the Jordan Brand HO17 collection, which features a range of performance footwear, sportswear apparel and training gear.

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