Saturday, December 12, marks what many consider to be the biggest day of the year when it comes to sneaker releases. You have Adidas, Under Armour and Nike all releasing sought-after kicks.
Not to be forgotten, Jordan Brand is also an imperative part of this special day. The company will be releasing two of the most coveted kicks to hit shelves in 2015. Below, we're going take a deeper look at the Air Jordan XI "72-10" and the brand's collaboration with fashion label Public School on a rendition of the Air Jordan XII.
By all accounts, both sneakers should vanish from the outstretched hands of consumers in the blink of an eye. The Air Jordan XI and XII models are wildly popular shoes.
Jordan Brand x Public School XII
After you cough up $220 for a pair of XI's, Jordan Brand is coming right back for your wallets on some J.J. Watt-type of stuff. The brand, along with New York fashion label Public School, is releasing a special version of the Air Jordan XII.
The design was developed to capture "the energy of the big city and colorful personalities of the respective brands," according to News.Nike.com. A clean, dark gray suede covers the entire sneaker. That's a direct step away from the usual tumbled leather treatment the bulk of Air Jordan XII's have received.
As far as the markings go, an embossed "PSNY" emblem has been pressed onto the XII's tongue, paying tribute to the company that reimagined what the Air Jordan XII could be.
You don't have to be familiar with Public School's daring work and boundary-pushing concepts to appreciate this collaboration. The Air Jordan XII is a perfect way of bringing that innovative styling to the general public.
The result of this cataclysmic suede-laced assault of the Air Jordan XII is a bold sneaker that will retail for $300. Which is cool, if you can swing the loot. Suede material like that is durable and, more importantly, retains its consistency.
Stay on the lookout Saturday, December 12, for the Air Jordan x Public School XII to hit retailers. Because those who miss the launch time by even seconds could miss out on one of the hottest drops of 2015.
Air Jordan XI "72-10"
This is what we've all been clamoring for: Jordan Brand's annual Air Jordan XI holiday release. In 2014, we saw the "Columbia" version hit shelves to fanfare. This year, Michael Jordan's conglomerate has cooked up another fire release for us to throw dollar bills at.
The Air Jordan "72-10" pays respect to the Chicago Bulls' heyday—particularly the 1995-96 season, where as the shoe reminds you, the team finished with an astounding 72-10 record—a record that Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are currently chasing.
Unlike last year's "Columbia" release, the "72-10" XI features a mostly black colorway. That hue is split up between a premium tumble leather overlay and exacerbated by a patent leather area that surrounds the midsole.
Harmonious flashes of red at the top of the sneaker bring it to life, along with that crisp, icy sole—an addition that's always welcome on Air Jordan sneakers.
Besides the shoe being an XI, the materials that make up these kicks are the main selling point. People who tend to complain about the extravagant price tags Air Jordans come equipped with will be happy with the quality of this shoe.
The attention to detail put in was strong, as you can tell by checking out the "72-10" imprints on the lace caps. That's always something Jordan fans love with any release. The more detailed-oriented it is, the better.
But what makes the Air Jordan XI "72-10" such a must-have release is the fact that of all the retro Jordan sneakers, this model hasn't been completely overdone. Barring a random drop here and there, right before Christmas is the only time when the brand injects a fresh colorway into the marketplace.
Set for an early release on Saturday, December 12, the "72-10" XI's arrive with a $220 price tag.
All Nike/Jordan product information via News.Nike.com, unless noted otherwise.