Readers have probably already recognized the sneaker above as the Air Jordan 31, but they are likely also wondering why it looks so odd and no, it is not just their imagination. It is indeed an Air Jordan 31 iteration, but it borrows features from the Air Jordan 3 and Air Jordan 31, most notably the elephant print. The incorporation of the elephant print onto the Air Jordan 3 by Tinker Hatfield was one of the things that convinced Michael Jordan to stay with Nike when he was considering switching to another brand back in 1988. Ever since, the elephant print has been one of the most iconic element.
However, Nike has often been advised to make use of the elephant print in moderation, such as at the beginning of 2016. When Nike hired Tinker Hatfield to design the Air Jordan 3, he was somewhat of novice at designing sneakers at that time. Yet, he managed to whip up a sneaker that Michael Jordan not only loved, but made him stay with Nike. It is because of the elephant that the Air Jordan 3 has always looked eye-catching both on and off the court. No doubt, the elephant may have gotten overused at some point by being featured on other models too, but sneakerheads are still fond of it.
Even though the full NBA season has somewhat passed, Jordan Brand apparently finally decided to drop an Air Jordan 31 as homage to Russell Westbrook, who has become the Russell Westbrook. However, as mentioned, this is not an ordinary iteration of the Air Jordan 31. It has been nicknamed “Why Not?” and seems to have received the “Black Cement” treatment with Oklahoma City Thunder colors blended in. That would explain the Air Jordan 3’s elephant print detailing that is featured on its flyweave uppers, while it is equipped with the Air Jordan 30’s cushioning system and soles.
Technically, this Air Jordan 31 rendition can be considered a hybrid and perhaps that is why it has been nicknamed “Why Not?” In fact, the words “Why” and “Not” can be spotted on each heel, respectively. It is being reported that this Air Jordan 31 “Why Not?” will hit the shelves during the 2017 NBA Playoffs, probably on April 29th, 2017 and will retail at a price of $200.
Air Jordan 31 “Why Not?”
Release Date: April 29th, 2017
AA9794-003 | $200