As the first Jordan Brand sneaker to feature Nike‘s power-lacing Adapt tech and the first high-top silhouette to make use of Adapt in general, the Air Jordan 11 Adapt is undeniably a shoe of firsts. Now, we’re receiving another piece of news from this futuristic iteration of the Air Jordan 11: a look at its official images ahead of its late December release.
While the white patent leather mudguards and toeboxes plus the heel pieces equipped with Michael Jordan‘s #23 may be all classic Air Jordan, the rest of the upper puts forth a high-tech, high-concept look. Gone is the base layer’s standard ballistic mesh and fabric eyestays, replaced instead by a technical, translucent TPE that shows off the black eyestay anchors. These anchors hold together the thin tensile laces that criss-cross the black fabric tongue, and pops of flair are provided by an infrared strip across the tongue plus an infrared heel Jumpman — the latter of which appears under the TPE base, much like the aforementioned eyestay anchors.
Zoom Air-equipped midsoles retain a familiar shape, artfully including the Adapt system’s power and control unit in a way that’s much more subtle than other models like Nike Basketball‘s Adapt BB 2.0. The lacing system can be controlled from an app on the wearer’s iPhone or Android device, or, if a more manual method is desired, they can also use the midsole’s visible plus-minus buttons. These buttons also light up when the shoe is in use, and their color can be controlled from the app. The Air Jordan 11 Adapt is completed by an icy blue outsole with pops of infrared, and also comes with a wireless charging board.
Expect the Air Jordan 11 Adapt to release via Nike SNKRS on December 30, priced at a handsome $500 USD.
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