The new Air Jordan XXXI represents a balance of New Jordans 2016 tradition of game-changing performance and its transcendent style: lightweight support for the world's highest-flying athletes, including Russell Westbrook, and rich material details that exude an off-court sensibility. The shoe's first-of-its-kind Flyweave and leather upper incorporates a number of iconic Jordan elements, reintroducing the original Air Jordan "Wings" logo and a subtle Swoosh — not seen on a Jordan shoe since the Air Jordan I and the first time it has appeared alongside a Jumpman logo. While Jordan Brand tried to sell you on the XXXI being a reboot of the signature line, it's actually just another Retro. JB might've thrown a Swoosh and Wings logo onto the shoe, but other than that the latest shoe has nothing to do with the Air Jordan 1. Rather, it's a modern take on the Air Jordan 18. They both fit the same, have similar traction, similar cushion…and they even share the same designer.
The special "Banned" edition of Cheap Jordans 2016 unique Air Jordan 1-inspired XXXI may not be hitting shelves until September but, with the Olympics in full swing, the silhouette has already made its debut in a special make-up for the host nation. Now Team USA is getting in on the action as the Nike imprint has readied a patriotic red, white and blue edition of the shoe for a release. Rocked on-court in Rio by the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Jimmy Butler, the American take on the XXXI adopts the same gradient motif as its Brazilian counterpart, in this case fading from blue to white from the toe to the heel across the Flyweave and leather upper. Naturally, red accents prevail throughout, hitting everything from the Flight Speed tech and Dynamic Flywire to the Zoom Air units and embroidered Jumpman. Finally, an icy translucent outsole highlights the shoe's cushioning and provides traction on the hardwood.
New Jordans 2017, The newest Air Jordan 31 pays homage all the way back to its predecessor of the Air Jordan 1 with a little bit of old school and new school flair with its design. With the red, white, and blue colorway it's a clear respectable representation of our country's flag. This particular pair has been worn by the likes of Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony. Having the weave up front feels amazing and the break-in process is nonexistent. Then there is the transition from the weave to the synthetic leather which feels amazing as well. The snug, contained-feeling the rear section brings, while still offering unrestricted awesomeness up front, reminds me of a favorite shoe of mine…the J Crossover 2. These have a slightly tighter forefoot knit than those though, so the knit won't stretch in the same fashion.