The time is nearing again for this year’s FIBA World Cup, and basketball teams worldwide are preparing to participate. Still, they aren’t the only ones getting ready. Nike and Jordan Brand have been preparing for their FIBA tribute this year, and it is coming in the form of a stunning and regal pair of Nike Air Jordan 38 sneakers in a “FIBA” colourway.
The Air Jordan 38 “FIBA” was first previewed during the Quai 54 tournament on the 1st and 2nd of July, 2023, where the latest colourway for one of Jordan Brand’s most recent creations was seen for the first time. The pair is nearing release, so here is everything you need to know about this stunning pair of sneakers.
The sneakers feature a clean, primarily monochromatic colourway, mostly black and white with a hint of tournament gold. The upper, made of a stunning variety of materials from leather to decorative mesh and with panels with patterning, is dominated by off-white tones, giving it a clean and sophisticated look despite the miss-match materials.
Most of the midsole is also white except for the black plating throughout, which is surrounded by a translucent rubber trim, giving the sneakers a somewhat futuristic look.
The mostly herringbone traction underfoot of the outsole is made up of semi-translucent rubber, complemented by the black midsole peeking through and the gold flower that accents the centre of the under-side forefoot, flanked by white Jumpman logos.
Speaking of Jumpman logos, the minimal branding on the sneaker consists of a Jumpman logo on the tongue and on the spine, with the former being white, wreathed in gold, and the latter being gold surrounded by white for a simple contrast.
The insole starkly contrasts the outer sneaker, with orange and black hues that make up a stunning array of patterns that match the miss-match fabric of the upper’s construction. There is also a white Jumpman present at the heel of each insole.
You might think this is where the design elements stop, and usually, it is, but there is a little hidden gem on the inner lining of the tongue of the right sneaker. A sketch of the FIBA tournament’s Naismith Trophy can be seen, marking the lining in black. Interestingly, it doesn’t appear to be embroidered but debossed into the fabric and then inked.
Teams are already preparing for the FIBA World Cup 2023, which will take place from the 25th of August to the 10th of September, so stay tuned to see if these sneakers appear in the games. The release date for the pair is set for the 7th of September, which would be towards the end of the tournament, but there is still a chance that athletes will be wearing them.
The sneakers are set to release on Nike.com at $200. There has yet to be any news on the size range in which this pair will be released, but we can presume that they will be seen in at least men’s sizing.