Another year, another sneaker added to Michael Jordan‘s signature collection. The Jordan Brand officially unveiled the 31st sneaker in the Air Jordan line with the 31, and the company is considering this one their best performance model to date — this would be a massive feat considering how critics raved about the Air Jordan 29.
Its silhouette will be almost entirely black and red, with some white in the mid-sole area. The upper will contain both leather and flyweave, blending the red and black colors together; it will also feature the Jumpman logo and the Nike swoosh, becoming the first model to sport both. Since it’s meant for performance, the engineers equipped buyers with full-length Zoom Air, FlightSpeed technology, Flywire, and a herringbone traction pattern.
The inspiration for this model came from one of the most iconic basketball sneakers ever: the black and red OG Jordan I that was “banned” by the NBA in 1984. When Jordan debuted his new kicks, they didn’t comply with the league’s uniform policy, and David Stern fined MJ $5,000 for every game he played wearing the sneakers.
To pay homage to its roots, the sole will have “BANNED” printed across it.
The Air Jordan 31 is set to release to the public on September 3 at a $185 price point, and will be worn by Jordan Brand athlete Russell Westbrook throughout the 2016-17 season.