Not that this Black Cement Gold is bad or anything, but again, it’s just so close to the all-time classic that it’s almost. Today’s weather – in New York City, at least – was one of the earliest Nike x Off-White signs of Spring, as the temperature finally reached just under 70 degrees. Toe boxes, profile swooshes and panels at the heel opt for the titular Mystic Navy tone that resembles the aforementioned blue color at quick glance.
And later this year, that will only ring louder, truer, as the silhouette has been revealed in numerous new make-ups. Here, it seems to draw inspiration from the Brazil colorway, tweaking its arrangement ever-so-slightly for the Fall. The family tree of Air Jordan 1s as well those of other sportswear icons has added a lot of new members in recent years, primarily due to the brand’s mission to explore new creations specifically for women.
Embarking on a new decade in 2020, the Air Max 90 is recrafted including the panel scale, toe box height and heel Off-White x Air Max 90 panel and will release in multiple colorways inspired by the shoe’s original color blockings. Internal renovations to the silhouette include the shoe’s original ultra-plush linings and constructions, with the sockliner featuring a hidden Easter egg – an Air Max 1 outsole on the bottom.
Thanks to the late Virgil Abloh as well as upcoming partnerships with Union LA, A Ma Maniere, and J Balvin, 2022 has really become the year of the Air Jordan 2. And while the calendar is already stacked with releases, it seems we’ve seen only a fraction of what’s in store for us, as leakers have just unveiled a collaboration with none other than Maison Chateau Rouge. A familiar name – as the Paris storefront joined Edison Chen, Melody Ehsani, and many others for the FEARLESS ONES – Maison Chateau Rouge is taking a different approach with the Air Jordan 2. Its Nike Off White color, compared to their AJ1 Mid, is much more subtle, as the palette’s yellow and orange accents appear infrequently across the toe, profile, heel, and DIY-esque stitching. An off-white finish and light grey build out much of the upper, both of which make up for their lack of pop with rippled fringes, brogue-inspired perforations, and a unique all-over debossing. What’s more, alongside the co-branding at the heel, the pair is packaged with special insoles, whose graphic features a cameo from MJ himself as well as the mention of the United Youth International.
The Air Jordan 1 Low OG was originally designed by the late Peter Moore as a lifestyle and casual counterpart to Michael Jordan’s go-to choice in footwear for the hardwood. Over the decades, the silhouette has become a summertime staple, and the model’s newly-surfaced Mystic Navy colorway continues that trend. Let’s be real, 2021 was relatively lackluster as far as sneakers were concerned.