Brand Jordan recently announced its full 2016 retro line-up, celebrating the greatest legacy moments in Michael Jordan’s career with specific colorways and models. In total there will be three legacy shoe collections.
Straight from our friends over at Slam, here’s the breakdown.
THE POSTER COLLECTION
Inspired by two iconic images of Jordan, the “Poster” Collection features the Air Jordan II and Air Jordan XII.
The Air Jordan II “Wing It” pays tribute to the brand’s ad campaign that coincided with the shoe’s original release in 1986. White, black and dark gray, the AJ II “Wing It” includes wings on the shoe’s heels that capture the spirit of Jordan’s effortless game above the rim.
In celebration of the shoe’s 20th anniversary, this Air Jordan XII pulls inspiration from the iconic “The Master” poster. A black base grounds the shoe, while hints of white and gold play off the poster’s radiant lines.
THE ALTERNATE COLLECTION
30 years ago, Michael Jordan shocked the world by unveiling exclusive colored-up performance footwear on the hardwood. His bold, instantly recognizable shoes sparked a worldwide craze. Presently known as player exclusives, these unique on-court color ways are highly prized by athletes and collectors alike.
As a celebration of the Air Jordan Franchise’s 30th Anniversary, the brand unveils three retro silhouettes that stem from this phenomenon and posit what Jordan’s player exclusive footwear would look like. The Air Jordan II, Air Jordan IV and Air Jordan V Low incorporate colors consistent with the Chicago-based team Jordan played for during his early years in the league.
THE DUNK FROM ABOVE COLLECTION
Inspired by Michael Jordan’s relentless ability to take flight, the “Dunk From Above” shoe collection incorporates colorways and materials that support the seasonal theme of soar.
The Air Jordan 1 Nouveau, the first shoe in the Jordan Brand franchise to include the Wings logo, features a classic flat leather finish and a color shifting Nike Swoosh inspired by aviator goggles.
The Air Jordan IV, which introduced the word ‘Flight’ onto a basketball shoe, features an inner label with a midnight navy and metallic gold design.
With a similar color theme featuring metallic gold accents and ice outsole, the Air Jordan V Low nods to the idea of flight by taking design cues from a World-war II fighter plane.