With the Air Jordan 36, MJ goes international
The 36 looks like the third act of this trilogy, boosting performance a bit more while simultaneously delivering the prettiest Air Jordan in years. The lightweight feel begins with the same Eclipse plate introduced by the 34, but the secret weapon is in the construction of the shoe’s upper. It uses a jacquard-leno weave, the first of its kind on a performance basketball shoe, which is designed to breathe without sacrificing support. It’s also virtually transparent, providing plenty of opportunities for the design team to play with color in a whole new way at the start of the NBA season.
Underneath the sole, the 36 features more Zoom Air than any Air Jordan to date, with a full-length Zoom Air strobel sewn onto the upper and an additional Zoom Air unit directly under the forefoot. This Zoom Dual Stack delivers the bounce you expect from a shoe that once promised young hoops, it was the key to finally being able to dunk. It remains to be seen if the silhouette finally keeps this promise.
Where the 35 was inspired by the Air Jordan 5, the latest installment in the sacred Jordan line looks like the 6, especially in the form of a lace cover that will look familiar to anyone who’s ever donned a pair of first shots. Jordan Championship Foot. Speaking of championships: The heel of the shoe features an emblem displaying six chained rings, a tribute to Jordan’s monumental championship dynasty.
In addition to the first colorway list, which starts with ‘Glory’ in classic white and gold, the brand is releasing limited amounts of PEs that fans have seen Jordan athletes lace up over the past few weeks. The lineup, dubbed the “Global Game,” focuses on the internationality of Jordan’s roster, with drops located in the home regions of the players involved. For example, Guo Ailun’s colorway will be exclusive to China, while Jayson Tatum’s colorway becomes a North American release. The proximity of the release to the Olympics does not seem like a coincidence. Jordan Brand uses the Air Jordan 36 to celebrate how far it has come. What a generational icon began in Chicago, Illinois has now spread to the world, a torch now held by athletes from Canada, Slovenia and the Philippines.
The Air Jordan 36 debuts on August 16 in the “Glory” colorway, with Player editions available in August and September.
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