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This week we got a first look at the Air Jordan 31 at the Team USA Basketball Camp in Las Vegas as Carmelo Anthony and Jimmy Butler practiced in the USA colorway. Jordan Brand is hyping the 31 as one of it’s most iconic sneakers ever. On Wednesday, JB officially unveiled the sneaker at an event in Vegas.
The Air Jordan 31 is welcoming a new era of it’s product which seems to be mashing up it’s legendary retro style, with it’s always elite performance aspect. Sneakerheads wanted Jordan Brand to create something they could rock anywhere, and hoopers wanted something that looked slick and classic, but they could also ball in. Many tried, but often failed at this attempt. But, it looks like Jordan put a lot of time and planning into this one as they truly nailed it.
The Jordan 31 pays homage to the Jordan 1, which was once banned by the NBA. By maintaining their latest technology, slick look and combining it with the AJ1, this could be one of the hottest basketball shoes of the decade. The Jordan 31 “Banned” will drop on September 3 at select Jordan Brand retailers. Check out the details and photos below via Nike.
The Air Jordan XXXI represents a balance of Jordan Brand’s tradition of game-changing performance and its transcendent style: lightweight support for the world’s highest-flying athletes, including Russell Westbrook, and rich material details that exude an off-court sensibility.
The shoe’s first-of-its-kind Flyweave and leather upper incorporates a number of iconic Jordan elements, reintroducing the original Air Jordan “Wings” logo and a subtle Swoosh — not seen on a Jordan shoe since the Air Jordan I and the first time it has appeared alongside a Jumpman logo. And in its launch colorway the Air Jordan XXXI pays homage to the “banned” story.