Michael Jordan is a man of many nicknames — one of which, Black Cat, provided the inspiration for a memorable Air Jordan 4 and has now been used for the Air Jordan 34. Taking after the similarly stealthy AJ4 that’s 30 models its senior, this AJ34 brings MJ’s famed nom de guerre into the modern day with advanced materials and potent technology.
As is to be expected, stark black hues are the name of the game here. Matte tones are used on the mesh-and-synthetic upper and EVA midsole, while glossy shades appear on the tongue trim, forefoot’s podular detailing and signature midfoot Eclipse Plate. This Eclipse Plate provides standout lightweight support, and also encases one of the few color deviations: a neon green Zoom Air cushioning unit in the forefoot.
Although the mostly concealed Zoom bag does indeed break up the monochromatic stylings, it’s not the only piece that partakes in deviation from the norm. Small pops of white are present on the eyestay’s Air Jordan graphic and XXX4 hit, and a slight touch of dark grey appears on the heel. A few more touches of Volt and silver are also used on the herringbone outsole.