It was five years ago when Nike unveiled its innovative and revolutionary Flyknit technology, which continues to alter the very nature of performance-engineered footwear. Before the Flyknit technology was introduced, no one would have imagined that knitted fabrics would be used to construct the uppers of athletic sneakers. In other words, Flyknit technology made new things possible in footwear design, things that would have otherwise been impossible. Even in the world of fashion, Nike’s Flyknit technology has quickly become a leading and preferred choice. It seems that it is now Jordan Brand’s turn to also reap the full and true potential of Nike’s Flyknit technology.
Nike’s Flyknit technology made it possible to microengineer every single stitch of a sneaker’s uppers and design the uppers based on the distinct needs of a particular athlete. As sneakerheads might recall, Nike’s first sneaker to feature this technology was the Lunar Flyknit Trainer HTM, which was made its retail debut back in February 2012. Nike had produced merely 100 pairs of the sneaker, which made it somewhat of a rarity, and there have barely been any more Lunar Flyknit Trainer HTM releases ever since. Following in Nike’s footsteps, many other footwear brands also went on to develop their own similar knitting technology, such as the adidas Primeknit technology.
2017 marks the very first time that Jordan Brand drops a Flyknit variation of its iconic, first signature sneaker model, and this unique variation will end up joining upcoming Jordan releases 2017. Hence the sneaker’s uppers feature a completely woven Flyknit construction. Furthermore, this iteration is dressed up in the Air Jordan 1’s original “Banned” color scheme. Adding a premium touch, its tongue tags are made up of leather and feature a special “1985” logo, which can be spotted over the inner lining too. The Jordan “Wings” logos are also made up of leather. Since this Flyknit variation will be relatively lighter, it has been equipped with traditional midsoles.
There have been reports and rumors that the Air Jordan 32 and the Air Jordan 1 Flyknit will debut around the same time, fortunately sneakerheads will not have to keep guessing about the latter. It is somewhat confirmed that the Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” will make its retail debut on September 9th, 2017 at a price of $180.
Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned”
Release Date: September 9th, 2017
919704-001 | $180