This is a pretty interesting move for the Kobe line. First, I’m glad to see they are continuing the Kobe line. We knew this was their plan but nice to see it live. Nike is departing from the numbering sequence (should be Kobe 12) and moving to A.D. to indicate this Kobe shoe is post-retirement. I don’t have any heartburn over that other than it is difficult to remember where it falls in the line years down the road… not a big deal to me though.
In terms of the shoe, we are also back to mesh. I wonder if there is an elite version in the wings with flyknit? I like the cushion system… Zoom Air in the heel and Lunarlon in the front. The traction systems reminds me of the Kobe 10 which proved to be solid. Loving that the shoe is still keeping the low profile. The heel area is 100% better than the 11 and I’m digging the chromed out heel cup. The tongue also looks plush which helps us no-show sock hoopers. All in all, the shoe looks decent. Hard to tell on a grey colorway but it looks solid. Reminds me of the Kobe 9 EM when it first released and I love that shoe. At $160 we won’t be breaking the bank either. Nice job Nike Basketball.
Here are some other details from the press release on Nike News:
Kobe Bryant’s first post-retirement signature silhouette, the Nike Kobe A.D., continues a legacy of lightweight, low-profile on-court footwear. Combining a Zoom Air unit in the heel, Lunarlon foam in the midsole and a minimal rubber outsole (with micro-tread traction), the shoe provides responsive, flexible cushioning and maximum court feel. A breathable mesh upper with incorporated Dynamic Flywire, ensures lock down for quick changes of direction toward the basket or to cover an opponent.
The Nike Kobe A.D., with a suggested retail price of $160, releases November 21 at nike.com and select retailers.
We saw the Michigan version of the Air Jordan XXXI last week and now we have a glimpse at the PE version for North Carolina and this is so clean. There aren’t any details about a general release but my guess is that we will see one at some point.
In case you haven’t checked out the Jordan 31 yet, it is a great performance shoe. The upper provides a flexible feel with support around your ankles and the cushion is also top level. I don’t really love the large Jumpman logo on the side… so close to the fading swoosh but I do appreciate the effort to tie in the original Jordan 1 feel with the new school 31. I think it would have looked better if they put the Jumpman on the heel, like they normally do.
The Air Jordan XXXI has been officially unveiled. We happened to be in Las Vegas this week and were able to participate in the Jordan Brand event and pickup an early pair of the Jordan XXXI – USA colorway.
Here are a couple of the highlights from the press release…
When Jordan’s footwear arrived during his rookie season, it shared with the world some of its namesake’s tradition-breaking bravado. A black and red colorway violated the league’s uniform policy, earning a stern letter from league officials and generating a $5,000 fine each time the player wore the shoes on court. “Around this time, if you knew anything about Nike…Nike stood on this kind of rebel behavior,” recalls Jordan Brand VP Howard “H” White, in reference to the runners and tennis players connected to the Swoosh. “This Jordan, that color of the Air Jordan I, kind of galvanized that universal scope.”
The Air Jordan XXXI represents a balance of Jordan Brand’s 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. And in its launch colorway the Air Jordan XXXI pays homage to the “banned” story.
Informed by Jordan himself, the Air Jordan XXXI also follows on a tradition of low-profile cushioning. “He needed to feel closer to the floor — that was his thing,” recalls White of the origin of Jordan’s desire for low-to-the-ground sole units. As such, the Air Jordan XXXI features FlightSpeed technology with full-length Zoom Air that enhances court feel, responsiveness and lateral support. “We really wanted to focus on propulsion in the forefoot, so when you’re coming down you’re engaging the FlightSpeed with the Zoom Air bag,” notes Kuerbis.
The Air Jordan XXXI “Banned” will be available globally September 3 in select retail stores and on Jordan.com. Stay tuned to @Jumpman23 on Instagram and Twitter for more information on the Air Jordan XXXI.