Sometimes it is weird for me to think that I am exactly as old as the Air Jordan signature shoe line, but I guess that makes it easy to keep track of my age. At least until they switched to the yearly numbering system, post XXIII. Now I have to do all that silly subtraction to figure out how many one dollar bills I should be getting in a card from my grandma. Anyway, that’s a long way of saying images of the newest Air Jordan, the 27th edition of the world’s most famous signature shoe, have leaked. That’s them up there.

As you can see, they definitely take style cues from a couple of older Jordans. The clear inspiration is the XI — something that you’ll see in a lot of Jordan signatures this year, whether it be the Melo M8 or the CP 2′Quick — with the patent leather midsole, but I also see a little Jordan II with that angular line that cuts around the upper. And just like with the Fly Wade 2, the color blocking on these is pretty drastic, which makes things easier to see on TV. Smart, even if it kind of makes these look like basketball wingtips.

Tech-wise, you can see Flywire running through the midsole. Not surprising since Jordan Brand’s top designer is on record as saying they’d be incorporating some of Nike’s leading technologies in their signature shoes this year. Along those same lines, there’s a detachable bootie, just like in the Kobe VII. Not sure if you can wear them by themselves, but if you can, you have all your AquaSox needs taken care of. There’s also removable insoles that give you your choice of cushioning, but those were in the 2011, so no big whoop.

At first glance, I’m not crazy about the 2012. They’re nice, but that line that cuts across the upper kind of makes them look a tad bit late-90s to me. That being said, in person, with the premium leathers and the fact that the past two years’ shoes have been excellent for playing in, I’m sure they’ll be great. And hey, if you don’t like these, just buy the Conchord 11s, which are literally the best basketball shoe ever and release in a week.

A bunch more snaps down below. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.

(via Nice Kicks/Ye-Wa)

Comments (21)

  1. Finally something beautiful!!!! Enough with tha khaki, lime green, overdesigned, ugly, eye-poking shows already!!! :) This is really pretty! Stylish and sleek!

  2. Damn those are ugly… they look like a reject And1 design.

  3. Shoes* that is…

  4. they look like regular jordan brand sneakers, not actual air jordans. pretty uninspiring to be honest.

  5. They r getting uglier and uglier

  6. They continue to make these even knowing people aren’t wearing Jordan’s to hoop in.
    Only people playing in these are the students getting them for free.

  7. Yeesh, them’s some ugly shits.


  9. Meh.

    I’m not a fan of having anything shiny on a basketball shoe. This looks like something you would buy at Shoe City for $39.99

  10. Who thought a mashup of the Jordan IX and XI was a good idea? These are hideous. If not for the Jordan brand logo these could easily be confused with Al Harrington’s Protege shoes.

  11. I agree with Designmojo. These are similar to the old And1 Marbury’s ( The last Jordans actually grew on me with time (, but the 2012′s are just another reason for Jordan brand to just focus on the re-releases.

  12. Honestly, these are ugly, BUT they look like they are good performance shoes. They’re worth buying at a good price but over $100 is too much for these.

  13. The Concords are a little hot on the foot if you ask me. still, an awesome shoe. FUCK TOM CRUISE!

  14. Even if it looks similar than any previous versions, I still think it has unique comfort design. I just think this has too much dots on it. I’ll suggest they should have designed it the unique way because competition is a bit tight now that there’s Kobe line and Wade also. But the interchangeable booties are undeniably unique though.

  15. The best jordan sneaker in my opinion were the retro 7 when MJ had actually won his first NBA title. The new style looks cheap. I will definitely consider a better sneaker like a Lebron,Durant or Kobe shoe anyday rather than to fight over an ugly ass shoe.

  16. I think that the design is lacking a lil, not enuf creativity i agree. The flywire base is uninspiring. I like lil things aboout it, but what ppl have to realize is that a lot of kids who buy jordans today, dress like they’re from the ’90s! I was a kid back then, and it was all about african prints (the Air Jordan 7) Patches and colors (Air Jordan 8) etc. Look at how Fresh Prince used to dress, he’s a perfect example. Jordans are inspired and designed by the generation that surrounds it, which means, today’s generation isn’t setting new trends to inspire new designs that you all like. You dress retro and you buy retro jordan all the time, so of course you wont like the new shyt.

  17. Im feelin these Jordans! Seems like a real high performance shoe, yet it has that stylish oxford design…Niice

  18. it is so ugly do not try that i would rather buy the lebron 9 or the kobe seven and the best the adizero rose 2.5

  19. These Shoes Are AWESOMEEEE !!!

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