Sneakerheads may or may not know, but the Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” is one of the best Air Jordan colorways to have been worn in an NBA All-Star Game. Along with the athleticism and all the famous players performing at the same time, one of the great things about NBA’s annual All-Star Weekend is the kicks that are spotted on the court. It was Michael Jordan who rocked the Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” during the 2002 NBA All-Star Game and Jordan Brand released the sneaker in the summer of that year. Now, a special, collaborative variation of the Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” will arrive next year.
SoleFly x Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning”
Release Date: February 2018
AJ7321-003 | $
Some of the highlights of the 2002 NBA All-Star Game included the self pass that Tracy McGrady made off a backboard dunk. By the end of the game, Kobe Bryant had scored 31 points and 5 assists, which was quite an impressive performance. However, sneaker enthusiasts would have likely had their eyes often glued onto the Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” that Michael Jordan was wearing. After all, the colorway was rather eye catching, with its striking Black and White color scheme, combined bright Lightning Yellow-colored detailing and the addition of some Chrome too. Of course, the variation set to join next year’s Jordan releases 2018 looks different.The Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” debuted 15 years ago and while it is not exactly making a comeback, its “Alternate” version is equally good. Reportedly, this SoleFly x Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” will be joining February’s Jordan releases 2018 next year, but its retail price has not been revealed yet.
ordan Brand designed this latest version of the Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” in collaboration with SoleFly and it is being referred to as an “Alternate” variation of the original. This time, the colorway really lives up to its nickname because the Lightning Yellow hue actually covers a majority of its leather uppers. The rest of the sneaker is mostly covered in Black, with Metallic Silver also making an appearance over the Chrome plate and the lace eyelets. Some of the Black-overlays even appear to be featuring a reptilian texture, making this sneaker look all the more luxurious.
Air Jordan 9 “LA (Summit White)” Release Date,The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be played next year at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18th, 2018. However, it seems that the NBA has changed the All-Star Game format for the 2017–18 Season. For the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, players will be selected into one of two teams by each captain, regardless of the conferences they play in. The captain of each conference will be the player who receives the most fan votes. While 2017 has yet to end, Jordan Brand is already ready to commemorate next year’s All-Star Game with one of their Jordan releases 2018.2018 will not only be the year of the 67th annual NBA All-Star game, it will also mark the Air Jordan 9’s 25th anniversary. In commemoration of both these occasions, Jordan Brand seems to have whipped up a Los Angeles-themed iteration of the Air Jordan 9, which has been dubbed “LA (Summit White).” Boasting premium aesthetics, its uppers appear to be made up of sleek Black-colored suede and classic White-colored tumbled leather overlays. The branding on its heels and tongues are apparently overed in Metallic Gold. Since this colorway is inspired by and reflects Los Angeles, the insoles sport graphics based on the city’s map, and the sneaker is also equipped with milky, translucent outsoles.
As per the new format, two players that are voted captains will then select 12 players from each conference for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. 5 players, who will be starters, will be selected from each conference, based on a 50% fan vote, 25% player vote, and a 25% media vote. The head coaches of each conference will also select 7 reserves for the two teams. As a result of this new format, players who are currently teammates in their respective conferences may end up playing against each other in the All-Star Game. The All-Star voting is scheduled to kick off on December 25th, 2017, i.e. Christmas Day.
As mentioned, the 2018 NBA All-Star Game will take place on February 18th, 2018, but this sneaker will end up joining the Air Jordan releases 2018 scheduled to arrive at retailers earlier that month. It has already been confirmed that the Air Jordan 9 “LA (Summit White)” will hit the shelves next year on February 3, 2018 and will retail at a price of $190.
Air Jordan 1 High “Wings” Release Date .The “Wings” branding has been a part of the Air Jordan history, ever since Nike first introduced the revolutionary sneaker model. The logo was chosen to represent Michael Jordan’s ability to spread his metaphorical “wings” and soar into the air. Over the years, the “Wings” logo has consistently appeared over nearly all Air Jordan sneakers that have arrived at retailers. Back in 2015, Jordan Brand launched their WINGS program, a global community action program, and in 2016, they dropped the Air Jordan 12 “Wings” for charity. It seems that the Air Jordan 1 is receiving the “Wings” treatment this year, which could likely be another charity-based Air Jordan release.
Air Jordan 1 High “Wings”
Release Date: Summer 2017
AA2887-035 | $200
These latest, most detailed photos of the Air Jordan 1 High “Wings” were recently shared on Instagram by user @gc911. The sneaker does not seem to resemble last year’s Air Jordan 12 “Wings,” at least on the surface. As can be seen, its uppers are dressed in a combination of Black and Gold, which make it look as if it is actually made up of bronze. It is also equipped with special leather laces, while the “Wings” logo appears over the heels and tongues, and its insoles also feature the Golden-colored wings pattern. It also has translucent, smoky outsoles with “WINGS” printed over it.Additionally, the inner tongue tabs of the Air Jordan 1 High “Wings” also feature the words “19,400” and “EVERYONE CAN FLY.” The number likely signifies how many pairs of this sneaker Jordan Brand has produced and will be dropping as a part of their Summer Air Jordan releases 2017.
As mentioned, just about every Air Jordan release that Jordan Brand has dropped to date has featured the “Wings” branding. The only exception would be the recent Air Jordan 1 Rare Air sneakers that have arrived between 2015 and 2016, which replaced the “Wings” logo with simple “AIR JORDAN” textual branding. Of course, the Air Jordan 12 “Wings” was not only nicknamed after that branding, but also featured it as well. All of the proceeds generated from the sales of the sneaker went to the Wings Foundation. Apparently, the same will happen once the Air Jordan 1 High “Wings” ends up joining the Summer Air Jordan releases 2017.
Air Jordan 12 “French Blue” Release Date,Last year, i.e. in 2016, Jordan Brand went on somewhat of a spree of dropping one Air Jordan release after another, a few of which were returning colorways. One of them was the Air Jordan 12 “French Blue,” which was brought back the very next day after April Fool’s Day last year, on April 2nd, 2016. The sneaker made its comeback in celebration of the Air Jordan 12’s 20th anniversary and the last time it was seen at retail shelves was back in 2004. Despite having returned after twelve years last year, it turns out that Nike.com has restocked the Air Jordan 12 “French Blue.”
Air Jordan 12 “French Blue”
White/French Blue-Metallic Silver-Varstiy Red
Release Date: April 2nd, 2016
Restock Date: May 3rd, 2017
130690-113 | $190
The Air Jordan 12 “French Blue” was one of the most popular colorways of the model that sneakerheads were interested in copping back in 2016. However, it is unlikely that anyone was expecting to see the basketball sneaker as baseball cleats, but that actually did happen, although Jordan Brand was not responsible for it. Apparently, Russell Martin was among the sneakerheads who copped the Air Jordan 12 “French Blue.” However, lacing up in his pair as it was, he got in touch with customizer Custom Cleats Inc. and got the sneaker transformed into a baseball cleat. His cleat pair can be seen above.
This is an excellent opportunity for sneakerheads who were still not able to add this sneaker to their collection now that it has joined recent Air Jordan releases 2017 after being restocked. Of course, they will have to head over to Nike.com to grab a pair of the Air Jordan 12 “French Blue” at a price of $190.
More importantly though, this Wednesday, sneakerheads browsing through Nike.com would have been upon noticing the Air Jordan 12 “French Blue” available on the website. Sneakerheads do not have to worry because it is the same version as last year’s, so it will be dressed up in the same distinct color scheme as the original. Its uppers are made up of tumbled leather, predominantly clean-White, but also featuring French Blue-colored overlays over the forefoot and rear portion of each shoe. The French Blue hue also covers its outsoles, while it also has Black-colored branding, Metallic Silver-colored top eyelets, and some Grey-colored detailing.
For Jordan Brand, it all started with Jordan 1. Jordan Brand launched Jordan 1 back in 1984, establishing itself as a brand of high performance shoes and as a cultural icon. The pair was so innovative for that time that the NBA banned it for the lack of white on them, a violation of the NBA’s “uniformity of uniform.” Michael Jordan wore the banned Air Jordan I anyways and the NBA fined him $5000 per game.
Air Jordans numbered series has come a long way since it originally released as a Nike Basketball shoe. On the way to the top, it transcended the shoe industry as well as the game itself. The company continues to keep old fans, all the while drawing in new ones. The combination of their new releases and retroing of classic colorways from the AJ numbered series has created a formula for success that is unmatched.