By now, sneakerheads are likely aware that the Black and Red colorway of the Air Jordan 31 that was recently unveiled is not the only one that Jordan Brand has whipped up. In fact, during the recent pre-Olympics training camp, Carmelo Anthony and Jimmy Butler were laced up in the patriotic-themed “Olympic” iteration of the latest, thirty-first Air Jordan model. This week, photos of a completely new Blue and Green rendition were also shared by Jordan Brand, and it is apparently dubbed “Brazil.” According to Russell Westbrook, Jordan Brand will also reveal further team-specific colorways sometime around the beginning 2016–17 NBA season, i.e. before or in October.
Considering that the Air Jordan 31 has been designed to be a hybrid silhouette that can be worn both on and off the court, it makes sense that Russell Westbrook is the one representing it. In a promotional video, Michael Jordan himself states that Russell has the same attitude and passion that he had thirty years ago. Of course, Russell was left almost speechless after hearing the G.O.A.T. say that, but he stated that being honored in such a way by “best player” in the sport would help him to continue striving.
It should not come as a surprise that the debuting Black and Red (Bred) colorway of the Air Jordan 31 has been dubbed “Banned.” As is the case with the materials, the Black and Red hues seamlessly blend together throughout the sneaker’s uppers, while it is equipped with all-White midsoles and all-Red outsoles. Based on some photos that @J23app has shared, it seems that the Air Jordan 31 will arrive at retailers in a special box that resembles the box/packaging that once contained the Air Jordan 1. Much like the Air Jordan 31, its packaging also appears to be sporting a gradient style.
Contrary to what was initially believed, it must be obvious that instead of joining Jordan releases 2017, Jordan Brand’s latest model is making a much earlier retail debut. Indeed, the Air Jordan 31 “Banned” is scheduled to hit the shelves on September 3rd and it will cost sneakerheads $185 to add a pair to their collection.
Air Jordan 31 “Banned”
Release Date : September 3rd, 2016
845037-001 | $185