Jordan Brand pays tribute to the Air Jordan 31 using the Air Jordan 1 as the inspiration behind the Bred colorway which is the first release.
The Air Jordan 30 brought the cosmos onto our feet and was seen as a unique synthesis of Jordan’s evolution as a player and a design collaborator. The silhouette involved the work of Tinker Hatfield, alongside Mark Smith as well as MJ, which resulted in a grand silhouette that would mark the Air Jordan series for it’s 30th run.
With the Olympics around the corner, Jordan Brand looks to transition from the Air Jordan 30 onto the Air Jordan 31. While we haven’t seen the Air Jordan 31 yet, a Chinese publication and forum Hoop China, shared a few images leaking bits of detail regarding the 31st Air Jordan.
Update July 16th, 2016:
While the official reveal of the Air Jordan 31 is set for July 20th, the shoe may have unexpectedly been revealed today.
A tweet went out today from a user, who has since deleted the post, claiming this is the “Bred” Air Jordan 31. While the user’s credibility has been drawn into question, there’s still a fair chance this could be it. The shape, usage of the swoosh, and colorway all fit into the theme Jordan Brand were hinting at, as reviewed by us here.
Playing off “Define Gravity”, Jordan Brand pays homage to the Air Jordan 1 that debuted back in 1985. The Air Jordan 1 was the first issued Air Jordan x Nike branded sneaker for Michael Jordan and was also the first signature to get banned from the NBA. Seen here is the Air Jordan 31 “Bred” colorway that features an Air Jordan 1 twist to it’s aesthetic.
The Air Jordan 31 features a look similar to the recently released 30 model, and displays a gradient colorway on the uppers that transition from black to red. Jumpman branding is on the heel, with a white midsole and outsole featuring Zoom.
The upcoming Air Jordan 1 “Bred” everyone’s been waiting for, is now rumored to release as a pack alongside the Air Jordan 31.
Stay tuned with @ModernNotoriety for more news on the Air Jordan 31.
Update July 20th, 2016:
Today, the Air Jordan 31 was officially unveiled, featured in the “Banned” colorway. With heavy inspiration from the Air Jordan 1, the shoe looks to bring fashion and performance together. Sporting a leather heel that blends into the knit upper, the shoe brings premium comfort. Inspired by Michael Jordan’s Ferrari, the interior of the shoe is said to match in comfort, how it comfortably wraps around the foot to provide a true luxury experience. Retailing at $200, the “Banned” AJ31 will feature the ‘Banned’ text along the sole to pay tribute to its roots. What are your thoughts on the new model? Let us know @ModernNotoriety and stay tuned for the latest Jordan Brand news.
Old Meets New
The Air Jordan Wings logo is by far one of the most recognizable logos in all things footwear. It’s presence is heavier than ever as it’s embossed on every single Air Jordan 1 to date, including a few Air Jordan 2‘s. Above, you can see the classic Jordan Wings logo being re-worked for a more modernized look that coincides with Jordan Brands “Flight” aesthetic. The Air Jordan 31 logo is also shown at the bottom of the new Wings logo, done in three X’s and the number 1 in roman numerals.
Air Jordan 31 Tech Details
We’re not really fluent in Chinese but, reading the English text from this print, The Air Jordan 31 will feature TPU’s alongside Zoom. The words “Flight Speed” are shown in bold text, which could possibly be the new name for “Flight Plate” which was the technology that was implemented on previous models.
Above, is the Air Jordan 31 release date for the first colorway set to release on September 3, 2016. Next to the release date is 845037-001 which is the style number for the first colorway of the Air Jordan 31.
While Russell Westbrook withdrew from the Olympics just recently, Jordan Brand may have had plans on introducing the Air Jordan 31 for the Olympic games. Seen here is an image of Russ wearing an Olympic jersey with AJ31 in roman numerals captioned. This may lead to Jordan Brand pushing the unveiling and waiting for the actual release date instead.
As of now, there hasn’t been any photos of the Air Jordan 31 but stay tuned with Modern Notoriety for more news.