It’s an annual ritual. Every single 365-day cycle, sneakerheads grow increasingly excited. Their collective breath? Bated. Their eyes? Glued. Their calendars? Marked. Why? They await the newest renditions of Air Jordan sneakers. But what’s unfolding next year – 2024 – is nothing less than poetic for the brand that Michael Jordan built. Let’s dive into the three most highly anticipated Air Jordan releases of 2024 so far.
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“Rio” J Balvin x Air Jordan 3
Amid the multitude of sneaker drops in recent times, the Rio J Balvin x Air Jordan 3 promises to command significant attention. With the current pair selling out in a matter of seconds, it only makes sense that the follow up will too. And again, we can expect there to be a limited amount of pairs available.
Like the 2023 drop, there’s something special about the 2024 pair. The sneaker is beautifully accentuated by a gradient that elegantly spans both the midsole and the heel. If the rumours are true, the upcoming release ensemble will be as dark as the night, but with the fire of orange lace eyelets this time.
But here’s the twist: While the streets are buzzing with images of J Balvin donning this variant, its authenticity as an official release remains shrouded in ambiguity. Is it a coveted ‘friends and family’ pair, or is it destined for store shelves? Several web outlets predict a formal launch, potentially in the summer of 2024. The jury, however, is still out.
Yet, let’s entertain the possibility of its release. Comparing it with its sibling, the Median Sunsets, the Rio colourway certainly has a unique charm. While the Median Sunsets evoke a vivacious summer spirit, the Rio, with its noir palette, offers a versatile allure. Among J Balvin’s sneaker collaborations, these Air Jordan 3s undeniably stand out as the pièce de résistance.
A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 17 Beach Colourway
Few collaborations have garnered as much attention and anticipation as the partnership between A Ma Maniére and Air Jordan. This unique liaison has given birth to noteworthy designs, encompassing the Air Jordan 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and soon, the 5s. As the industry buzzes with whispers and conjectures, it’s clear: a new, exclusive collaboration is on the horizon, focusing on a silhouette that’s been dormant for some time – the Air Jordan 17.
Interestingly, they are not looking at the standard version. Instead, the spotlight shines on the Air Jordan 17 Low. While the 17 isn’t everyone’s beloved classic – some even part ways with their pair after only a couple of wears – its selection for this significant collaboration is intriguing.
Could it be a strategic move by Jordan Brand to reinvigorate the Air Jordan 17 silhouette through this alliance with A Ma Maniére?
Sources like SneakerFiles hint at two distinctive colourways slated for a Spring 2022 release: the Beach and the Cabin. Presently, only renderings based on industry rumours provide a glimpse into what might be. It’s imperative to treat these visuals with a grain of scepticism, as the final product might diverge.
That said, the Beach colourway, adorned in a tasteful tan suede finish with dark blue semi-translucent heel accents, evokes a sense of nostalgia. An interesting feature of this potential design is the sock-like ankle zone, boasting A Ma Maniére branding.
Delving deeper into the inspiration behind these colourways, it seems both derive their essence from Folly Beach in South Carolina, resonating with names like ‘Beach’ and ‘Cabin’. A beach-resembling palette is evident in the rumoured Beach design. Sneaker enthusiasts eagerly await the unveiling of the Cabin colourway and, of course, the actual Beach iteration.
Concerning the price point, the Air Jordan 17 has historically been on the steeper side. Previous versions, accompanied by accessories like suitcases and CDs, certainly justified the higher tag. It wouldn’t be off-mark to anticipate a price north of $200 for this upcoming release. As sneaker enthusiasts count down to the official reveal, only time will unravel the mysteries of the A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 17 2024 release.
Travis Scott x Jordan Cut The Check
In the bustling sneaker world, there are few releases that command the attention and anticipation as that of the Travis Scott x Jordan. Currently under the provisional moniker, “Cut The Check”, there’s a whirl of speculation surrounding this silhouette.
Firstly, the name of this sneaker remains an enigma. Even Jordan Brand, according to Complex, has yet to finalize an official title, leaving “Cut The Check” as a temporary epithet. The colourways, too, remain draped in mystery. Are we seeing a release this year? Next year? Unsubstantiated whispers hint at a black and multicolour debut in 2023, and perhaps, a salem brown variant to follow. But 2024 appears to be the year of revelation with multiple colourways set for unveiling.
For the uninitiated, this isn’t just another Travis Scott collaboration with the Jordan brand. This is his magnum opus: Travis Scott’s inaugural signature silhouette with the brand, thus elevating it from a mere collaboration on existing Jordan models.
A cursory glance reveals its eclectic influences. It embodies elements reminiscent of the Nike Dunks, the Jordan One Low, and even boasts the backwards Nike swoosh. The amalgamation of these elements crafts a silhouette that exudes a skateboard-inspired aesthetic, while undeniably radiating Scott’s signature flair.
Among the rumoured designs, the salem brown iteration has garnered noteworthy adulation for its clean, sophisticated look. Speculation suggests one of these coveted colourways might see the light of day in summer 2024, with a retail tag of $200.
So, as sneaker enthusiasts wait with bated breath, one lingering question remains: when these Air Jordan sneakers finally grace our collections in 2024, how will we don them? Strapped or unstrapped?