The Jordan brand unveiled the Air Jordan XXXI in Las Vegas last night, with the red and black colorway serving as a tribute to the original Air Jordan I that debuted in 1985, and giving a nod to the buzz that initially kick-started the signature line.
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.
On the bottom of the shoe is the word “BANNED,” a reference to the legend that gave the brand a defiant beginning, where NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik reportedly sent a letter to Nike’s marketing chief Rob Strasser stating that the red and black shoes violated the league’s uniform code, and that Jordan would be fined $5000 per game if he wore them. There’s no evidence whether or not this actually happened, but it didn’t stop Nike from releasing it’s Banned commercial, featuring Jordan dressed in red and black.
The Air Jordan XXXI “Banned” will be available globally September 3rd in select retail stores and on Jordan.com. Stay tuned to @Jumpman23 on Instagram and Twitter for more information on the Air Jordan XXXI.