As far as the design of the recently unveiled Air Jordan 31 “Banned” is concerned, it is like a modernized version of the Air Jordan 1. Consequently, the uppers are a seamless blend between the traditional leather and the latest Flyweave technology, which makes them feel and look like they are knitted in certain portions. It is almost impossible to tell where one material transitions to the other. Even the Nike Swoosh has been blended into the side panels, which fades into a large Jumpman logo similar to that of the Air Jordan 29. This symbolizes the fact that the thirty-one-year-old Jordan Brand evolved from Nike.
A bit of a fun fact is that throughout the process of designing the Air Jordan 31 “Banned”, over a hundred people played a part in it. According to Tate, there were three performance elements of the Air Jordan 1 that he had always loved. Namely, the sneaker prevented the wearer’s forefeet from moving by locking them down, it featured a high cut and a leather construction that protected the wearer’s ankles, and it had a relatively lower profile. Apparently, he made sure that from a performance standpoint, all three of these were incorporated into the Air Jordan 31 “Banned” as well.
Thus, the front of the feet will get a snug fit within the Flyweave uppers of the Air Jordan 31 “Banned”. It also happens to be a high-top silhouette just like the Air Jordan 1, while it even contains ankle pods in order to properly contain the wearer’s feet with zero movement. Furthermore, to ensure that the sneaker’s profile is not raised but the wearer still receives adequate cushioning, it is also equipped with full-length Zoom Air bags. Ultimately, the Air Jordan 31 “Banned” has been designed to be Jordan Brand’s most responsive model yet, ideal for the athletes that represent it, such as Russell Westbrook. Read the final part of this post to find out when the Air Jordan 31 “Banned” is arriving at retailers.
Air Jordan 31 “Banned”
Release Date : September 3rd, 2016
Style Code: 845037-001