When new colorways from Jordan Brand are being cooked up, the design team will often turn to MJ’s extensive catalog of classic makeups as a reference point to create the new. Sometimes it simply takes a few design modifications to pass through and hit production and that’s exactly what the Air Jordan 12 “Royalty” is and it immediately elicits memories of the silhouette’s “Taxi” iteration that originally dropped in 1997. After first surfacing via leaked imagery, the kicks have now been revealed through official imagery.
Like any other Air Jordan 12 makeup that releases, the focus here is its two-toned color-blocking. In this instance, the kicks are formatted with tumbled leather uppers that are outfitted in a clean white while the mudguards contrast with a stark black pebbled leather. More notes of black show face on the laces, interior lining, heel tabs and lower molds and regal metallic gold finishes are applied to the eyestays, mid-foot’s debossed Jumpman badges and the tongue and heel branding. Midsoles are stuffed with Zoom Air cushioning and carbon fiber midfoot plates and stealthy rubber outsoles round off its design.
For more sneaker-related news, you can peep a closer look at the Air Jordan 1 Element GORE-TEX “Light Bone” rendition.