2.7 Release Report: From A New Jordan Retro 9 to the launch of Crossover Culture, Here’s What Is Dropping This Week

2.7 Release Report: From A New Jordan Retro 9 to the launch of Crossover Culture, Here’s What Is Dropping This Week

Each week, we’ll showcase the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of each shoe, and fill you in on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest shoe drops. 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 week:

JORDAN RETRO 9 ‘CITY OF FLIGHT’ – FEB. 10 AT 10 AM ET

2.7 Jordan Retro 9

In just a couple of weeks, basketball fans everywhere will be tuned in to Los Angeles. From the highest flyers to the sharpest shooters to the greatest players, the city will play host to the biggest names in hoops. To get you hyped for the huge spectacle, Jordan is dropping a new colorway of their classic Retro 9s.Clean black and summit white colors make up the nubuck and leather upper while gold accents give the shoe a flashy style – fitting for the City of Angels. The insole of the shoe even features a graphic inspired by a map of LA. It’s a shoe that is truly fit for the stars.  Men’s $190.00. Boys’ $140.00.

JORDAN AJ XXXII MID ‘CHINESE NEW YEAR’ – FEB. 9 AT 10 AM ET

2.7 Jordan XXXII

Chinese New Year is right around the corner and we can think of no better way to celebrate the Year of the Dog than by rocking these special AJ XXXIIs. Chinese-inspired flowers and fireworks are featured along the upper and heel areas while Chinese lettering can be found on the inner tongue. The black knit upper mixes with gold, red, green, and white accents for a bold, fresh look that you’ll want to rock over and over all year long.  Men’s $185.00.

CROSSOVER CULTURE SNEAKERS– FEB. 10 AT 10 AM ET

 

12.14 Release Report: New Yeezy + Jordan Retro 6 ‘Like Mike’ Shoes Headline This Weekend

12.14 Release Report: New Yeezy + Jordan Retro 6 ‘Like Mike’ Shoes Headline This Weekend

Each week, we’ll showcase the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of each shoe, and fill you in on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest shoe drops. 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 week:

 

ADIDAS ORIGINALS YEEZY BOOST 350 ‘BLUE TINT’ – DEC. 16 AT 10 AM ET

11.29 Release Report: We’ve Got Three … That’s Right, Three … New Jordans Dropping This Week

11.29 Release Report: We’ve Got Three … That’s Right, Three … New Jordans Dropping This Week

Each week, we’ll showcase the most popular upcoming shoe drops. We’ll give you the lowdown on the prices and sizes, break down the history of each shoe, and fill you in on the newest tech features. Check back every week for the hottest shoe drops. 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 week:

JORDAN RETRO 6 ‘UNIVERSITY BLUE’ – DEC. 2 AT 10 AM ET

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Jordan has been paying tribute to MJ’s alma mater quite a bit this year, and it makes sense — it’s where His Airness’ legend was born. Plus, Carolina’s University Blue color always winds up looking fresh on a sneaker. This time around, it’s the Retro 6s that head back to college. A black nubuck upper is highlighted by University Blue accents along the tongue, heel, and midsole for a brand-new take on a classic retro style. Men’s $189.99. Boys’ $139.99.

JORDAN AJ XXXII LOW ‘WIN LIKE ‘96’ – DEC. 2 AT 10 AM ET

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One of those previous callbacks to MJ’s college years was on Nov. 4, when Jordan dropped the AJ XXXII ‘Win Like ‘82’s. They paid homage to Mike’s legendary 1982 college season that culminated in a national championship. So, to follow up that release, they are dropping the ‘Win Like ‘96’s. They are obviously inspired by one of the greatest seasons in basketball history, MJ’s title-winning 1996 season with Chicago. Chicago’s signature red and black colors are the feature here, as well as an icy, translucent outsole that helps complete the look. Men’s $159.99. Boys’ $119.99.

GIRLS’ JORDAN RETRO 13 ‘ITALY BLUE’ – DEC. 2 AT 10 AM ET

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To cap things off for this weekend’s releases, we have another fresh girls’ exclusive Jordan colorway. Influenced by MJ’s love for Italy, these Retro 13s have a smooth white leather upper, a wolf grey toe, and blue suede overlays along the heel and midsole. It’s a bold look, sure to turn plenty of heads, and it’s just what you need to upgrade your sneaker rotation. Girls’ $139.99.

Maya Moore: Champion

Maya Moore: Champion

You’d have a tough time finding someone more accomplished than Maya Moore. Her extensive resume is highlighted by four titles in seven seasons, five All-Star selections, and an MVP award, already establishing her as one of the best to ever play the game. And she did all of that before the age of 29.

 

Maya Moore

In addition to dominating on the court, she’s also proven to be incredibly influential off the court as one of the biggest stars in women’s basketball. She became the first female basketball player to sign a deal with the iconic Jordan Brand, where she’s received several successful player’s edition shoes and helped grow the women’s game with events like the Jordan Brand Classic for high school All-Americans.

We asked Maya Moore about winning championships, working with Jordan Brand, and what’s next for the superstar who’s already done it all.

Q: You won your fourth title last season. How does that compare to your previous championships?

A: “This past championship was one of the most challenging and satisfying experiences of my professional career. It’s just really unbelievable to think about four titles in seven years, and the group of people that I’ve been able to do that with. It’s been amazing.”

Q: You’ve won at every level: college, pros, and internationally. What’s your secret?

A: “There’s no question that I wouldn’t be who I am without the amazing teammates and coaches I’ve had. I’m really spoiled to have some of the best of the best to ever play the game or coach the game by my side through so many championship experiences. I’ve been so blessed to have talent and opportunity around me, but I try to make sure that I am as competitive as I can be in every situation. That’s a key ingredient to my success. Trying to compete at everything I can to make sure that I have a competitive advantage when I step onto the court.”

Q: What advice would you give to athletes who look up to you?

A: “First, surround yourself with quality people who understand and are trying to pursue the same things that you are. I had great people when I was a teenager and young adult that had been where I was trying to go and I could learn from them and grow in those years. I’d also say just understand how much work and sacrifice it is going to take to reach your goals and how sweet it is when at the end you can stand knowing you gave everything you had whether you won or lost. Continue to pursue your passion. Make sure you are cultivating that passion for the sport, for your team, for your craft – whatever it may be.”

Q: You’re one of the biggest names in the game now. What’s that been like?

A: “It’s really amazing to think about the platform that I have now as one of the top WNBA players.”

Russell Westbrook & The AJ XXXII

Russell Westbrook & The AJ XXXII

Air Jordans have seamlessly combined innovative performance and iconic style ever since they burst onto the scene in the ’80s. Perhaps no shoe better represented that idea than the Air Jordan 2, which borrowed inspiration from luxury dress shoes to create a sophisticated Italian vibe, while also introducing a groundbreaking sole unit. The result? A shoe that offered a legendary look and feel both on and off the court.

The newest member of the iconic Air Jordan line, the AJ XXXII, takes inspiration from the AJ 2, striving for that same combination of performance and style. Our latest cover athlete, Russell Westbrook, is the perfect player to represent the AJ XXXII.

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Westbrook is coming off an MVP season where he made triple-doubles look like just another day at the office. Off the court, Westbrook is also notorious for his unique sense of fashion. He’s a rare athlete that makes headlines both for what he does on the court, as well as what he wears off it.

Tate Kuerbis, the AJ XXXII’s designer, gave us the inside scoop on the design process behind the shoe, new tech features, why it’s the perfect shoe for Westbrook, and more.

The AJ XXXII takes inspiration from the iconic Air Jordan 2. What was the design process like and can you highlight some of the more notable elements of the shoe?

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“The Air Jordan XXXII is inspired by the essence of the AJ II, which was the first luxury basketball shoe and was crafted in Italy. We took cues from the Italian craft of the AJ 2 plus MJ’s love of Italian sports cars and combined that inspiration with the latest performance innovations to bring the AJ XXXII to life. One of the standout features of the XXXII is the use of high-tenacity yarn within Flyknit technology. This takes the greatness of Nike Flyknit and makes it uniquely Jordan. In addition to providing athletes with the ultimate flexibility, support, and protection, it also allowed us to create a lacing system within it that is hidden. This gives it an “under the hood” feel, which people have come to expect from Air Jordans.”

Jordan has always introduced innovative shoes focused of basketball performance. How is the AJ XXXII built for the modern age of basketball?

Athlete insights are at the heart of everything we do. We gained valuable insights from the best players in the world to help create the XXXII. This includes Jordan Brand family members at every position, from young rising stars to seasoned veterans. What we heard from them is that they covet fit, form, and function, so we brought those insights into the XXXII to make it a shoe optimized for today’s game and athlete.

Can you break down some of the tech features behind the shoe, from the Flyknit upper to the Flight Speed Technology, cushioning, and traction? How do all these features really help athletes excel?

“The AJ XXXII introduces new, luxury-inspired performance innovations. It features an unmasked Flyknit upper with high-tenacity yarn that seamlessly combines stretch, support, and zonal lockdown. The laces integrate into Flyknit construction for distraction-free lockdown, creating an under-the-hood-type experience. Tuned-up Flight Speed technology unleashes the energy of Zoom Air units for an explosive step.”

Russell Westbrook is on our cover wearing the AJ XXXII. How does this shoe fit the needs of Russell’s unique game?

“The XXXII is a great combination of performance and style. The way Russell plays demands that he has the best performing sneaker on his feet, and style is something that is engrained in him as a person and player.”

The AJ XXXI took after the AJ 1. Now the AJ XXXII is taking after the AJ 2. Can you talk about that idea of drawing back on historic Jordans and introducing refreshed versions of these classics to a younger generation of athletes?

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“Being able to draw inspiration from classic silhouettes is a tremendous benefit for our designers but not a mandatory formula the team leans on when designing the next Air Jordan. Our goal is to continue to celebrate the brand’s legacy while creating new classics for the next generation of athletes.”

Jordan shoes are famous for combining style and performance. The AJ 2 definitely went after that idea. Can you explain how the team worked to make the AJ XXXII not only perform great, but also create a fresh look that can be rocked off the court?

“The brand’s number one priority for every game shoe is to create the best performance shoe possible. Because of Michael Jordan’s culture-defining style, his shoes were adopted by fans off the court and have become staples in the fashion world. That legacy is engrained in the brand’s DNA which allows us to focus on performance while still incorporating style elements that people have grown to love.”

Jordan shoes have some of the most iconic colorways of all time. Can you give us any teasers for colorways we might be seeing with the XXXII?

“The “Bred” colorway will always have a special place in the brand’s heritage and be represented on Air Jordan silhouettes. For future colorways… stay tuned!”