Each week, we’ll break down the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of the shoe, and give you the scoop on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest releases. If it’s hyped, it’s here. You can check out the full list of releases on Eastbay’s Release Calendar. Here’s what you have to look forward to this weekend:
JORDAN AJ XXXI ‘BANNED’ – SEPTEMBER 3 AT 10 AM ET
Inspired by defiance, the AJ XXXI is setting the new standard for the next generation of high-flying, gravity-defying athletes, like Russell Westbrook. The versatile AJ XXXI is built for the game’s best athletes with lightweight materials, lockdown support, and FlightSpeed technology that provides explosive bounce and a smooth ride. The AJ XXXI will launch in a black-and-red color scheme, paying tribute to the AJ 1 and continuing the ‘Banned’ legacy. Like the AJ 1, the AJ XXXI is a game-changer that defies expectations. Men’s $184.99, Grade School $159.99.
JORDAN AJ 1 HIGH ‘BRED’ AKA ‘BANNED’ – SEPTEMBER 3 AT 10 AM ET
The ‘Banned’ AJ 1 stormed onto the scene during Michael Jordan’s rookie season. The black and red color scheme violated a league policy, resulting in a $5,000 fine each time he stepped onto the court in the sneakers. Like Michael Jordan himself, the ‘Banned’ AJ 1 defied expectations and norms. Michael’s game – and the shoe – were revolutionary. The AJ 1 set the gold standard that the Jordan Brand was built upon. Men’s $159.99, Grade School $119.99.
ADIDAS CRAZYLIGHT BOOST LOW 2016 – SEPTEMBER 2 AT 10 AM ET
The Onix/Gold/Maroon color scheme is another James Harden PE, built for the game’s best creators. The shoe is stacked with technology that was designed specifically for Harden’s game, allowing him to maximize the athleticism that makes him so difficult to guard. A secure fit, deadly traction, and great responsiveness combine to help you put your defender on skates. Men’s $129.99.
The path to greatness is never an easy stroll. It’s a difficult trek filled with twists and turns, and most never reach their destination. There are too many reasons to give up and too much doubt along the way. The ones who do make it are defiant individuals who don’t make excuses and don’t listen to anyone who says they will fail.
That is the spirit behind the Air Jordan XXXI. Inspired by defiance, the AJ XXXI is all about overcoming the odds, soaring past expectations, and redefining the game. Defiance was part of Michael Jordan’s legendary reign, as he overcame injuries, repeated defeat, and illness on his way to becoming the greatest to ever play the game.
Michael Jordan was defiant from the very beginning. During his rookie season, his black-and-red shoes violated a league policy. As a result, the league handed out a $5,000 fine each time he stepped onto the court in the ‘Banned’ shoes. Jordan continued to wear the shoes – again and again – in spite of the league fine.
The shoe represented Michael Jordan himself. Nobody had ever seen a player like him before, and he re-wrote the rule book on how the game was supposed to be played. Michael’s game – and the shoe – were revolutionary.
The AJ XXXI takes after the AJ 1 by continuing to defy expectations. The AJ XXXI is setting the new standard with game-changing versatility. It’s built to support the world’s most gravity-defying athletes, like Russell Westbrook, on the court with lockdown support, lightweight materials, and FlightSpeed technology that provides explosive bounce and a smooth ride. The shoe’s low-profile cushioning and full-length Zoom Air enhance responsiveness and lateral support for the ultimate court feel.
The shoe also incorporates iconic Jordan design elements, like the original Air Jordan ‘Wings’ logo and a subtle Swoosh, which hasn’t been seen on a Jordan shoe since the AJ 1. The AJ XXXI will launch in a black-and-red colorway, paying tribute to the AJ 1, and continuing the ‘Banned’ legacy.
Michael Jordan and the AJ 1 changed the game and set the standard in basketball footwear. Decades later, Jordan continues to defy expectations. The AJ XXXI ‘Banned’ is setting the new standard for the next generation of high-flying, gravity-defying athletes.