Jordan Generation Style
The Jordan brand introduces another highly fashionable sneaker, the Jordan Generation, for the new breed of Air Jordan loyalists. It eliminated the use of hidden laces as seen in the Air Jordan 20, but capitalized on affixing not just one broad strap of Velcro for a secured fit, but three adjustable ones. Two of which go way up on the lateral and medial edges of the high upper made even sleeker with the use of metal D-rings as loops.
The mixture of engineered textile and leather on the upper punctuated by wing straps, metallic Jumpman logo, and shiny loops immediately accord an elegant air which makes this boot-like sneaker well-suited for high-street affairs. The refined all-white/gold variation perfectly weds with white, ivory, and khaki pants that creases around the lower shin or a slim-fitting one tucked within the adjustable collar. The condescending black/chrome variation puts an elegant tone when married with black or deep sea blue joggers or pants that taper at the bottom. There are other monochromatic shades available which can be fused with several casual wears.
Jordan Generation History
After coming up with the Air Jordan XI in 1995, one of the highly coveted Michael Jordan sneakers in the series which for the first time incorporated a supportive carbon fiber plate in the sole, the creativity of its designer Tinker Hatfield was challenged once again.
In 1996, Nike came up with the Air Jordan XII. This Hatfield formulated sneaker was dropped amid the rise of some of the breakthrough technologies emerging from this Swoosh brand including the protruding Air-sole unit, futuristic Foamposites, and columnar Shox cushioning.
One of the attributes that made the AJ 12 a standout is the use of the Zoom Air unit in the midsole, a pressurized component of air with internal fibers meant to offer an ultra-responsive ride. This was the first time that the Zoom Air was embedded in an Air Jordan sneaker. Another asset found in this model is the use of modified carbon fiber shank plate, a graphite unit stronger than steel placed in the sole, aimed at reducing forefoot and midfoot stress.
Aside from the tech features embedded in the AJ 12, this Hatfield devised sneaker is as dressy as the Air Jordan XI. Hatfield decided to make the concept of this subsequent sneaker straightforward and uncomplicated mimicking the simplicity of the Japanese flag.
The genuine leather upper had diagonal stitching similar to a rising sun with a faux reptile design that runs from the mudguard to the lateral sides of the shoe. The lateral and medial support features made it the most hard-wearing shoe in the entire collection.
After 21 years from the drop of the AJ 12 and 14 years since Michael exited the NBA, the Jordan Brand shows no signs of retiring. In fact, it continues to launch modern lifestyle sneakers, influenced by former Air Jordan performance shoes.
The Jordan Generation is one of the fast-forward renditions added to the growing arsenal of well-celebrated sneakers under the Jordan label. Taking cues from the Air Jordan 12’s sole construction, the Jordan Generation is built with the same supportive carbon fiber shank plate in the sole. However, this non-performing model eliminated the Zoom Air property and instead integrated the Nike Air, a flexible bag filled with pressurized air, as cushioning element in the forefoot.
Apart from the AJ 12, the strap and high upper composition of the Jordan Generation has a striking resemblance to the Air Jordan 20. Again conceptualized by Hatfield, this silhouette was in sight two years after Michael’s third and final retirement from the league.