Notable Features

The Jordan Air Zoom 85 Runner is a brand new silhouette from Jordan. This road running shoe is inspired by the Air Jordan 1 model in its trademark Chicago colorway, which perfectly blends eye-catching colors including white, red, and black. 

The translucent upper unit of this running shoe utilizes a combination of synthetic leather and textile materials. The synthetic leather offers structure and durability, while the textile material delivers breathability and flexibility. 

Lightweight materials are incorporated into the sole unit of the shoe for a fast and efficient ride. The outsole and midsole units are working together to provide a responsive and comfortable running experience.

Outsole

Thin yet highly durable rubber is incorporated into the outsole of the Jordan Air Zoom 85 Runner. The rubber outsole removes excess weight, giving a light running sensation. The outsole’s flex grooves not only provide a strong grip on various paved surfaces but also delivers flexibility. This element allows the shoe to move and bend naturally with the foot while running.

Midsole

 The designers combined the responsive Cushlon foam and  Zoom Air unit in the midsole section of the Jordan Air Zoom 85 Runner. The Cushlon foam is made from a mix of Phylon and rubber additives. These materials made the midsole foam lightweight and responsive. 

In the forefoot section of the midsole is Zoom Air technology. This cushioning material is composed of tightly stretched tensile fibers knitted in a plastic cassette that is filled with air. The knitted fibers compress to minimize the impact and instantly spring back to their original state after each step. This element is responsible for providing a more responsive and energetic run. 

The Zoom Air cushioning is also featured in some popular Nike running shoes such as the Pegasus series.

Upper

 The Jordan Air Zoom 85 Runner features a translucent upper detailed with grid textures that bring an eye-catching detail. The upper is made out of synthetic leather and textile materials. The synthetic leather materials, which appear in red, are placed across the heel, toe box, and mid-panels for support and durability. The translucent textile, on the other hand, forms the lightweight body of the shoe, providing a high level of breathability. 

For a snug and customized fit, the traditional lacing system is utilized in this neutral running shoe. The shoelaces allow the runner to easily adjust the tightness or looseness around the shoe. 

A moderately padded tongue is incorporated in the upper to give added comfort and support. The tongue also prevents small rocks and other elements from getting inside the shoe.

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.