If you grew up during a time when Eastbay catalogs were available and Jordan Brand was Brand Jordan then you remember the GOAT himself hand selected the athletes that represented the Jumpman logo.
A trainer that moved in and out of basketball, football, and even boxing, has returned in its OG colorway and we’re here for this.
There was serious controversy over this particular pair and some of the other training shoes (Trunner, Trunner Mid, Trunner 2000, Trunner Alpha) Brand Jordan was producing at the time. The shoes were recalled because the thin metal strip on the heel would protrude creating a sharp edge that would cut into the heels of consumers.
With time and some modifications, this retro pair has removed that issue and integrated a more refined tab overlay for better durability. The Jordan Alpha Trunner features mesh and synthetic mesh along the midfoot, toe box, and heel that is paired with a plastic overlay lacing system for lockdown.
Supposedly, the heel features an Air unit, as per old school Eastbay catalogs. However, we don’t know what tech Jordan Brand actually included until our friends over at FastPass decide to saw these in half.
For those interested in a pair, the Jordan Alpha Trunner Retro available for $130 at Shoepalace.
Do you remember Roy Jones Jr. rocking a pair in the Brand Jordan booklets that were sent to your house? Do you plan on grabbing a pair? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.
*Update 7/19 – After speaking with designers via Jordan Brand – they have clarified that the shoe did not feature in Airbag unit in the heel. This is indeed a retro of the revised version of the original Jordan Trunner OG colorway, released back in 1998. The updated cross-trainer sports a low-profile design with a laminated upper and mesh overlays. The shoe also features a v-cut ankle wrap-around TPU Strap, and a phylon midsole to assist in forwarding propulsion.