What has been shadowy images and speculation for the last two months has been confirmed: the Air Jordan XXX2 is flames. Carmelo was spotted in a blacked-out pair and a hoodie running courts last month, but only now, thanks to Cassy Athena (IG @cassyathenaphoto), do we get a full look.
I’m just guessing but it appears to feature a Flyknit forefoot and what looked, at first, like a Flywire lacing system. Upon further inspection, nope, no Flywire. The laces go through the knit, so hopefully there will be some reenforcement behind it (nothing too stiff, keep that Flyknit flex).
The midsole is very similar to the Flyknit Trainer 2 aesthetically (check out our Flyknit Trainer 2 performance review), so a forefoot Zoom unit would make sense. The heel is hard to tell — I can’t see if it is foam, a full-length Unlocked setup like the XXX1, or a separate Zoom or Air unit.
The ankle is wrapped in leather that is angled and shaped to resemble the Jordan II (taking the “influenced by” chapter one step further). The black and red colorway even has the embossed lizard texture on the leather, but the all black looks smooth. The ridges from the original II carry over into the heel counter of the XXX2, along with the Wings logo on the tongue.
Overall, this looks like it could be the best Jordan signature shoe of all time, something the XXX1 was oh-so-close to becoming last year (that freaking traction though). Now we wait for official tech specs from Jordan Brand.
The XXX2’s release date is scheduled for October 18, 2017, for the black and red colorway, with others coming in January 2018. The price was kept at $185, something becoming more common these days (stagnant or dropping prices).
Let us know your thoughts below, now that we have seen the full image of the Jordan XXX2. Love? Hate? Indifferent?