Over the last 10 years or so we have seen the rise of the hybrid sneaker model. There have been some hits like the Jordan Spizike, and there have been some misses like most of the Jordan/Air Force 1 hybrids. One thing is certain, if hybrids haven’t gone anywhere yet, then they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
There is nothing wrong with deconstructing some of the elements that made classic sneakers great and revisiting those elements in later models. But, sometimes the results can be less than we hoped for. For every Sharkley we get some other randomness that is just there to provide a giggle in the Google image search. You can pick out some of the most loved, hated, and confusing examples from the Jordan back catalog when discussing what makes a shoe good, bad, or ugly.
Enter the Jordan Future Boot. That’s right, Jordan is turning the Future into a boot. I can hear the groaning right now, but it makes a ton of sense. People love the Jordan Future and if you live in an inhospitable climate, then you can’t rock them year-round. A perfect storm, if they sell anything like those Spizike and 6Rings boots did near me.
The best word I can use to describe them is “uncanny?” As in, something that is uncomfortably familiar? That’s what’s going on here because I don’t feel like it should work but in spite of myself, it does. I may understand what Jordan Brand was trying to do here by taking a wildly popular shoe and turning them into a weatherized option for those of us that need a pair of boots.
When executed well a mashup can be a wonderful thing; disparate components working in harmony to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Think of it like Girl Talk’s Nightripper or watching the Warriors offense. On paper, the Jordan Future Boot is a pretty strange concept but I have a feeling that people will be copping these.
What do you think about this new boot? Let me know down in the comments below.
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