The shoe juggernaut of Jordan are preparing to attack. But don’t worry, it’s just your sentimentalities they’re after. And you’ll be happy to part with them if you manage to get your hands (or rather, feet) on the stunning new Jordan shoe. Summer’s still hanging on, but things are about to get dark with the AJNT23, with Nike also kindly bringing you a suitcase full of memories.
Described as an embodiment of “basketball’s culture of creativity and self-expression by packing a host of utilitarian features into a bold and futuristic silhouette,” the shoe forgoes the laces to utilise a one-pull system with cables that cause a series of gold knobs to rotate when pulled. Alongside the cross-hatched elastic straps there are also Zoom Air units in the heel and forefoot.
That’s not all to marvel at though!
Dare we say it, for you’ll be just as intrigued by the packaging as much as the fabulous footwear itself. It’s been 18 long years since Nike and the Jordan Brand launched a pair of shoes in a suitcase like this, when the Air Jordan 17 arrived in packaging Gordon Gecko would be proud of way back in February 2002, an era before Roger Federer had won a Grand Slam title and Justin Timberlake was yet to release a solo single.
But time to stop reminiscing about those hazy days. The AJNT23 - titled with Jordan’s signature jersey number from his playing days - is a collaboration between Tinker Hatfield and Jordan Brand. It is produced in a beautiful premium black and metallic gold offering, and each will come in the aforementioned special edition matte-black briefcase-style packaging. And when we said ‘each’ we mean ‘each’. The range is wholly countable, in it being limited to just 2,500 pairs.
The Jordan AJNT23 launches August 19 and will retail for $200 USD.