There you have it, Jonesers, the newest edition of the vaunted Air Jordan line. My first impression — nice shoe, but they don’t look like Jordans.

That might not make sense, considering they’ve got the big ol’ Jumpman on the front and the back but they look a bit generic to me. Definitely not the cutting edge styling we’ve seen since, well, the line started. Of course, these are just the “first look” and things can change, but this is about the time of year we saw the first pictures of last year’s version, so I’d guess these are the shoes. Follow me? Sure, you do.

Of course, even though I don’t necessarily think these look like what we expect from Jordans, there are definitely some very Jordan-y things about them. That big black panel is reminiscent of a few different pairs of Js — the XI and XII — and the white/black/ice sole colorway is classic Jordan. Not to mention, as is the case in all of the Jordan signatures, the technology and fabrics will be the best available.

What the shoe reminds me of most is the Jordan CMFT Max 12, which is a recently released hybrid that basically made the Jordan XII in to a running shoe. Odd inspiration, but maybe that’s what Jordan Brand is in to right now. Beats me, I’m not part of Nike’s design team, no matter how many sketches I sent them in sixth grade.

So those are the new Jordans. Nice looking shoes, if not notably “Jordan.” I like them and the rumored February 19 release date would make them a perfect birthday gift. Let us know what you think in the comments once you’ve checked out a few more pictures after the jump.

(via Kix and the City)

Comments (11)

  1. The side shots make it look a lot better than that first picture. The first one was the anti-myspace angle I guess.

  2. yuck. yuck. and more yuck.

  3. They look like something I’d see at kmart for $25

  4. Yeah, I agree with zkcomet — Al Harrington wants his shoes back, Mike.

  5. Pretty damn ugly.

  6. By the way Trey, weren’t you questioning the aesthetics of Gil’s D&G shoes? The fact that you like these new Jordans puts your credibility into question.

    In light of that, having you give shoe comments is a bit like having a homeless man advise you on your mortgage.

  7. Where’s the pump?

  8. Just a little random fact for you all…

    The first Air Jordans were very popular among skateboarders and marked the beginning of the transition of skateboarding from a form of rebellion to a serious athletic sport.

    Before switching to hightop basketball shoes most skaters wore whatever sneaker they liked. I think it was Tommy Gurrero or possibly Mark Gonzolas (two prominent late 80′s professional skateboarders) that made the first Jordans the must have shoes to skate in at the time. With the rise of media attention and magazines covering the sport it became widely accepted as the best shoe to skate in period. It really was light years ahead of the standard Vans lowtops. It was also the first shoe with enough ankle padding to protect the ankle from a skateboard on the loose or the dreaded ‘running over ones own front foot’ maneuver (very common when learning to ollie before the twin tip style modern skateboards were developed).

    The shoe introduced the concept of being an actual athlete to many skaters in the late 80′s. It also suddenly took a bit more to sprain or break an ankle and thus pushed the level of the sport farther.

    So MJ not only changed basketball forever, he also had a part in changing skateboarding. I think he actually changed just about everything. We all reach a little farther towards perfection due to Jordan.

    This coming from a Magic and Kobe guy.

    Oh yeah, and that new one is pretty underwhelming.

  9. Don’t think they’re that bad, still a little generic. Trey’s comparison to the Jordan XI is apt but I also find they remind me a little of the Fila Grant Hill (???) Not in terms of colorway, of course, but in terms of the architecture of the shoe-that sort of upward triangular sweep. A C+/B- entry into the Jordan line.

  10. That black side is… ugly…mmm well, all in those new Jordan are… ugly… :/

  11. nice shoes, i like this air jordan 2011 shoes

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