The Air Jordan XXX wasn’t the end of it. Of course, Jordan Brand has the next special thing. That something special is being unveiled on July 20 but we’re not quite sure what it is yet. We think it’s safe to assume it’ll be the Air Jordan XXXI.
Rumors of the Air Jordan 31 have been circling around the ‘Net since the Air Jordan XXX announcement and its tepid reception. (In case you missed the review on the Air Jordan 30 you can check out Nightwing’s review HERE or Nyjumpman23’s HERE.) The Air Jordan XXX met a lot of disappointment from sneaker enthusiasts and hoopers; the shoe looked very much like the XX9 and Tinker Hatfield stated that the team didn’t have enough time to create the shoe — surprising, because the Brand works on shoes two years in advance and this was number 30.
In the image below you can see a glimpse of the Air Jordan 1 and possibly the Air Jordan XXX1. It doesn’t surprise us that Jordan Brand would pay homage to the “Banned” black and red colorway. It’s safe to say that Jordan Brand will continue with the woven material with some modifications, updated FlightSpeed technology, and JB-style padded ankle collar, to name a few.
There are also rumors in a leaked lookbook stating the influence of Free-type engineering molds and bird bones. You might be asking “why bird bones?” Scientifically speaking, bird bones have air pockets in them to reduce weight while also giving them an average density that is significantly lower than human bones — these make for easier flight.
Free-type engineering? Nike has used Free technology on outsoles (the flex grooves are just part of it) to give wearers a more natural range of motion and reduced weight without giving up support. So, Jordan Brand either has a great gimmick or the innovation team has cooked up something special.
We are excited to see what’s next but we’re also trying to keep our expectations low to stave off any further disappointment. Stay tuned while we #TakeFlight with you on to the next frontier. What would you like to see on the Air Jordan XXXI? What would you like to see be improved from its predecessor? Let us know what you think in the comment section.
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