If you tend to avidly watch NBA and NCAA basketball, then you are likely familiar with the commercials that have become a staple between the broadcasts. One particular series of commercial spots by the State Farm insurance company, which date back to the mid-80s and starred an individual named Cliff Paul. That name probably rings a bell and likely reminds you of Chris Paul, the current Point Guard of the Houston Rockets. Unless you already know, you’ll have to keep reading to find out who Cliff Paul really is. Furthermore, Jordan Brand seems to have whipped up a CP3.XI colorway inspired by the man shares Chris Paul’s last name.
Who Is Cliff Paul?
According to the voiceover in the State Farm’s first commercial featuring him, which aired on May 6, 1985, Cliff Paul is supposed to be Chris Paul’s twin brother. The voiceover further revealed that the two of them were “separated at birth.” Despite having grown up far apart from each other, the two of them were apparently “born to assist.” Unlike Chris though, Cliff fulfilled his destiny of assisting and helping others by becoming an agent at the State Farm insurance company. The fact of the matter is that Cliff Paul is merely a character that Chris Paul has been playing in those commercials and he is not real.
The Jordan CP3.XI “Cliff Paul”
This colorway marks the first time that Jordan Brand has acknowledge and paid reference to Chris Paul’s ‘twin brother,’ Cliff Paul. As you can see, this iteration is mostly dressed up in Desert Sand hue, which is inspired by and a reference to the khaki pants that Cliff is always seen wearing in the commercials. Its heel collars, throats and tongues are covered in plaid, consisting of Blue, Purple and University Red, which again is inspired by and a reference to the sweaters Cliff has been spotted wearing. Additionally, this iteration is also equipped with icy Blue outsoles, Blue laces and Gold lace tips, which add a luxurious touch.
The Release Date
It would make sense to assume that a special colorway like this might not hit the shelves, but this particular one has already joined the most recent Air Jordan releases 2018. You should be able to cop a pair of this Cliff Paul-inspired colorway of the Jordan CP3.XI from Nike.com at a price of $115.
Desert Sand/White/University Red/Metallic Gold
AA1272-006 | $115