Nike has finally confirmed the release date of this brand new Air Jordan 32 Black Cement (MVP), and it’s arriving this weekend. The iconic Air Jordan 3 Black Cement is returning next month, but this pair will start it off to honor Michael Jordan’s first MVP season in 1988. The sneaker features a grey Flyknit upper with elephant print detailing on the heels. Accents of red are seen on the lining and wings logo on the tongue, while black accents throughout, a while midsole, “MVP” labels in the inner tongues saluting MJ’s ’87-’88 season completes the design altogether.
Paying tribute to Michael Jordan’s first MVP season. Dressed in a Black, University Red, White and Cement Grey color scheme. This Air Jordan XXX2 features a Grey Flyknit upper with elephant print detailing on the heels. Displayed on the inner tongues are “MVP” labels that celebrates MJ’s dominance during the 1988 All-Star Weekend.
Air Jordan XXXII “Black Cement”
Release Date: January 6th, 2018
Color: Black/University Red-White-Cement Grey
Style Code: AA1253-002
Every so often a hotly anticipated sneaker release takes on a life of its own due to either its connection with a celebrity, the story behind the design, or a rumor started on the internet. For tomorrow’s Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” release, all of that chaos came rolled into one. Initially, this sneaker was slated to be a collaboration with Drake, but then Drizzy’s heavily rumored transition to the Three Stripes put an end to that potential link-up. Not too long after that, the Swoosh revealed an official set of images with the OVO rapper’s signature on the tongue, leading to another bevy of questions surrounding whether or not the pair was co-signed by Mr. In My Feelings himself. Now, with a second – and final – set of branded images having surfaced without Drake’s John Hancock, those rumors and grumblings can finally be put to bed, and the release can go down tomorrow devoid of any confusion – other than the actual inspiration behind this Raptors-friendly color scheme of course. While tomorrow’s 4s will not be joining Jordan Brand’s OVO lineup, Drake’s “checks over stripes” mantra will likely lead to more collaborative efforts from the successful pairing down the road.
Next week, one of the more talked-about Air Jordan Retro releases of 2018 will officially hit stores. While the shoes itself are a very straightforward colorway treatment inspired by the Toronto Raptors, the origin of the concept is a bit controversial as it traces back to Drake, the Toronto-based superstar that was set to jump ship from Jumpman into the hands of adidas. However, the beef with Pusha-T and the release of the seething diss-track titled “The Story of Adidon” led to some insurmountable tension between Champagne Papi and two of adidas’ most valuable partners in the entertainment industry, causing a chain reaction of events that led to the Canadian crooner wearing Air Jordans in his most recently revealed music video. Still, there was never any official announcement by Drake or adidas regarding a partnership, but based on recent events, it looks apparent that the deal that never happened will never happen.
That said, this upcoming release of the Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” will have even more ties to its hometown hero, so only time will tell just how Jordan Brand will tell the story behind this pair of Air Jordan shoes. Below is a list of shops that will release the Raptor Jordan 4s on August 18th, so check the list and stay tuned for updates.
Air Jordan 4 Raptors
Release Date: August 18th, 2018
Color: Black/University Red-Court Purple
Style Code: AQ3816-056