Jordan Brand plans on bringing back the first ever Team shoe from the vault — the Jordan Jumpman Pro.
If you’ve been following me since the beginning then you already know what this means to me. The Black/Red version of this shoe was the first sneaker I ever purchased for myself. I saved up money all summer long in order to afford the $109.99 original retail price.
Back in 1997, the Jumpman Pro was the very first non-signature Jordan branded sneaker. It retailed for a bit less than the Air Jordan 12, $150, but didn’t skimp on any tech features. Much like the AJ12, the Jumpman Pro featured a carbon fiber spring plate, full-length Zoom Air, herringbone traction, full grain leather, and the metal lace buckle at the collar.
Jordan Brand released a poor Retro version of the shoe in 2009 or 2010 and it stripped the shoe of everything it once offered. No carbon fiber, stiff synthetic leather, forefoot Zoom Air and heel EVA crash pad. Yeah, it was pretty bad. Now that Jordan Brand is “remastering” the Retro line, we’re hoping that it releases this 2017 version of the shoe true to OG form.
It looks close to the OG in terms of shape and the way the Jumpman logo is tilted on the collar — JB straightened it out on the original Retro. Materials look pretty bad, but it could be the lighting. From what we can see, the OG Black/Red version will make its way back to retail — hopefully, with the red translucent outsole this time around. The OG White/Navy colorway — Kevin Garnett wore them his rookie season — gets a Cement midsole and splatter — which it didn’t need, in my opinion. Lastly, there is a new colorway: Cool Grey/Gold.
No release date has been set, but once we find out we’ll be sure to update you. Fingers crossed that these are closer to the OG this time around as I’m likely grabbing a couple pairs of the Black/Red and — if they end up releasing — Black/Royal.
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