Chris Gibbs‘s Union has officially revealed its 2020 Jordan Brand footwear collection. An apt follow-up to 2018’s Air Jordan 1 collaborations, Union’s latest offering is two colorful Air Jordan 4s with unique flip tongues plus a fresh colorway of the Zoom ‘92 and a new Delta Mid silhouette.
Arriving in “Guava Ice” and “Off Noir,” Union’s Air Jordan 4s garnered divisive opinions when they first appeared in July due to their non-traditional low tongue. However, this tongue can be unfolded for a more classic look, as explained by Gibbs:
“Back in the day, I had always liked to wear my Air Jordan 4s with a short tongue, so I would fold them over themselves and tie them down. We decided to fold the tongue over and stitch it down with the same stitch pattern that we used on the Air Jordan 1s. The good news here is that the stitch can be easily removed to reveal a normal tongue size if that’s your preference. Another fun detail is that with the tongue folded over the original “AIR JORDAN” interior branding now becomes external.”
Apart from this clever, customizable tongue, each is built from a cornucopia of different suedes and meshes. Thick and plush, the suede selected draws from Birkenstock sandals while the mesh is fully traditional for a nod to old-school ’80s kicks. “Guava Ice” and “Off Noir” alike continue the “Bred/Storm Blue” and “Neutral Grey/Black Toe” looks of the aforementioned Air Jordan 1s by mixing black, white red and blue — but use muted versions of all four colors for an alternate look. Translucent “wings” bring in a touch of conceptual style, and yellowed midsoles round the look off.
Elsewhere, the Zoom ‘92 takes on a “Guava Ice” colorway and combines elements of the Air Jordan 7, Air Max 180 and Air Force 5 for a hybrid look that’s equal parts past and present. The Delta Mid is a high-cut version of the Delta and Delta SP silhouettes that debuted earlier this year. It’s dressed in “Off Noir” with a mesh and suede upper that features red and blue pops towards the heel. Seamless interiors and thick foam tongues provide comfort, and a React midsole finalizes the look.
The Union x Jordan Brand 2020 footwear collection will release on Union’s webstore August 29, then see a wider global release August 30.
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