Earlier this week, Instagram user @koljachu had shared photos of an Air Jordan 31 that appeared to be inspired by the Chicago Bulls “Home” uniforms. However, it turns out that it might be one of two Air Jordan 31 iterations that Jordan Brand has designed for Croatia men’s national basketball team and it may not join 2016’s general Air Jordan releases. Less than two weeks remain until the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics officially begins and Croatia seems to be among the several teams that are very likely to win medal. Croatia has a fighting chance to ace the preliminary stage and make it to the Gold Medal Game.
It was back in 1992, after becoming independent from Yugoslavia, that Croatia first entered in the Olympic Games. The Croatian national team performed superbly during that year’s Olympics, with the late Draen Petrović leading them to the Gold Medal Game in Barcelona, where they were defeated by the “Dream Team” that included Michael Jordan. During the 1996 and 2008 Olympics, Croatia made it to the quarterfinals both times, but fell to Australia and Spain, respectively. Despite their absence from 2012 Olympics in London, Croatia is striving to make a glorious comeback.
It is understandable why someone would assume that these Air Jordan 31 renditions are inspired by the Chicago Bulls, but Red and White also happen to be official colors of the Croatian national basketball team as well. Hence, these colorways actually draw inspiration from the team’s Dark and Light uniforms. Both these sneakers are certainly dressed up in Red and White, one predominantly featuring Red and the other predominantly featuring White. However, at the same time no Croatia-specific branding can be spotted over these kicks.
Nonetheless, the presence of the Croatian team colors over these sneakers cannot be denied, which kind of makes them exclusives. Therefore, it is unlikely that these two Air Jordan 31 colorways will arriving at retailers any time soon.
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