Who should buy the Air Jordan Spike 40

The Air Jordan Spike 40, Spike Lee’s latest creation for the Air Jordan brand has reflective detailing and contrasting colors that are instant crowd drawers. This is definitely a must-have if you want:

  • A lifestyle sneaker with excellent cushioning
  • A casual sneaker with great impact absorption feature

Air Jordan Spike 40 material

Air Jordan Spike 40 Style

The Air Jordan Spike 40, Spike Lee’s latest creation for the Air Jordan brand, is a fitting follow-up to the American director’s previous successful designs like the Spizike and Son of Mars. With reflective detailing inspiration from the Air Jordan V and the patent leather reflective detailing in the upper, the Spike 40 completes the overall look with a 3D Spike Lee caricature lace decal, a speckled midsole, and a translucent sole with “Spike” and “Forty” wording at the bottom.

The debut colorway of the Spike 40 is a no-brainer New York Knicks-inspired color. Often dubbed as the No. 1 fan of the NBA team, the Knicks colorway involves a Total Orange/White/Game Royal combination. The look of the debut model is finished with a combination of white and black with speckles on the midsole for added funk. A sense of nostalgia is also rekindled with the Nike Air logo at the back heel of this high-top kick. After the first colorway was released, other color options were issued for the Spike 40 that include Game Royal/Total Orange, White/Fire Red, Black/Fire Red Maroon, and Black/Cement.

Air Jordan Spike 40 upper

Flat contrasting laces

The high-top silhouette of the Air Jordan Spike 40 is secured by flat contrasting laces with a 3D Spike Lee caricature decal lace stop for a secure lockdown.

Air Jordan Spike 40 lacing system

Well-cushioned interiors

The lifestyle sneaker has well-cushioned interiors and lining with a padded breathable mesh tongue.

Air Jordan Spike 40 lining

Phylon midsole

The most significant features of this high-top kick include a Phylon midsole for a lightweight feel.

Air Jordan Spike 40 midsole

Zoom Air heel unit

Zoom Air unit is placed at the heel for lightweight cushioning and shock absorption.

Air Jordan Spike 40 heel

Air Jordan Spike 40 History

American film director Spike Lee has a long history of creating iconic designs for Air Jordan. Ever since the favorite director played the character Mars Blackmon alongside Michael Jordan in a series of Nike commercials in the 1980s to the 1990s, Lee has played an essential role in getting the Jordan brand noticed.

The Mars Blackmon character from the 1986 film She’s Gotta has It and his equally iconic “It’s gotta be the shoes!” line has been proven effective to get the Jordan brand noticed aside from it being worn by the greatest basketball player of all time Michael Jordan.

The Air Jordan Spike 40 was released in late 2015. The high-top sneaker also gives a nostalgic vibe as the Nike Air branding is placed at the back heel. Combining lifestyle and performance shoe qualities the debut colorway of Game Royal and Total Orange is inspired by Lee’s favorite NBA team the New York Knicks.

The high-top shoe also has drawn influence from the Air Jordan V with reflective material as accents, a Spike Lee caricature lace lock, and clear detailing at the sole. The shoe also boasts of a Phylon midsole, a clear rubber outsole with a herringbone pattern for added grip, and a lightweight and breathable mesh upper material for added durability.

Air Jordan Spike 40 padded collar

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty
Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Zoom Air, Nike Air, Air Jordan
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, Woven / Fabric
Technology: Phylon, Air Cushion

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.