Jordan Take Flyknit To a New Level With The Air Jordan XXXII
With Nike taking over the kit and apparel production for the NBA this season, big things are expected from Nike and Jordan’s footwear for the 2017/18 campaign. The first new silo launched since the Nike and NBA partnership became official is the Air Jordan XXXII and it is definitely not lacking in terms of boundary pushing tech.
Taking inspiration from the iconic Air Jordan II, the XXXII (or 32) innovates as its predecessor had done before. The II featured a new sole unit, which relied on a direct-injection PU – which marked a major step forward for Nike at the time, while its newest kin boasts a first-of-its-kind Flyknit upper made of high-tenacity yarn. With laces disappearing into the knit structure, designer Tate Kuerbis explains that a “whole harness system with webbing really locks down your foot.”
The high-tenacity yarns in the Air Jordan XXXII’s Flyknit upper is more flexible than that found in the previous Jordan with the knit structure reducing stiffness at the forefoot and modernising the moccasin-like toe box found on the II. Merging the future tech of the new Flyknit construction with the classic elements of the II, the shoe features a molded leather or suede heel counter.
Joining the Flyknit tech in the upper and the classic features in the heel counter, the XXXII also took the air bag of the player-popular XXVIII and smoothed out its transition, which allows for maximum surface area on the court while also improving court feel, which is aided by a fresh traction pattern that is described by designer Kuebris as, “a herringbone formed of a series of almost wiper blade-like shapes.”
The Air Jordan XXXII Rosso Corsa launches September 23, while a subsequent Air Jordan XXXII Bred and Air Jordan XXXII Bred low drop on October 18.