After its original debut 19 years ago, the Air Jordan 5 “Laney” has been redesigned to join this year’s Air Jordan releases 2019. Ever since originally made its retail debut on May 10th, 2000 at a price of $120, it is the only colorway to have been inspired by the Emsley A. Laney High School, where Michael Jordan once studied and played basketball. Thirteen years later, Jordan Brand re–released the Air Jordan 5 “Laney” and it was slightly different then. The “Air Jordan” branding under the tongues featured different hues, “Jumpman” logo on its heels were Black rather than Blue, and the lace locks were more colorful.
Last year, it was Jordan Brand that released a “Chinese New Year” Pack commemorating the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. The pack consisted of special colorways of the Air Jordan 6 and the Air Jordan 32 Low. Both models featured nearly all–Black uppers with firework and traditional floral patterns embroidered onto them. While there was no collection from Nike, an Air Foamposite One “Chinese New Year” colorway was released back in February 2018. While its color scheme was different, it also featured similar firework graphics over its Foam shell uppers. For the 2019 “Chinese New Year” Pack, Nike has actually teamed up with both Converse and Jordan Brand.
Jordan Brand and Travis Scott may end up unveiling one of this year’s special Air Jordan releases 2019 during the Super Bowl LIII halftime . Near the end of last month, TMZ reported that Travis Scott would be joining Maroon 5 in the lineup of musicians who will be performing during this year’s Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta at the Mercedes–Benz Stadium. This will be the first time Maroon 5 and Travis Scott will be working together. Much like Justin Timberlake during last year’s Super Bowl LII, it is being speculated that Travis Scott may end up rocking a brand new, special Air Jordan sneaker during his performance.
Amidst all the Air Jordan releases 2018 that arrived in December, the Oklahoma Sooners football team received a new Air Jordan 4 PE colorway. Back in November 2017, the Oklahoma Sooners made an announcement revealing that they were officially a Jordan Brand-sponsored football team. At the time, the Michigan Wolverines and the North Carolina Tar Heels were already representing Jordan Brand on the gridiron. Around the same time, the Florida Gators had also become a part of the Jordan Brand family. Earlier this year, the Oklahoma Sooners received a complete Air Jordan PE Collection, and now they have received a brand new PE colorway of the Air Jordan 4.
With the current year nearing its end, it seems three new Air Jordan 1 Mid colorways are joining this month‘s Air Jordan releases 2018. The first of these colorways does not have an official nickname, but it does look quite festive and vibrant. Its uppers are dressed up in a combination of Black and Hot Punch. Volt also appears, namely around the “Nike” Swoosh” logo, and over the Jordan “Wings” logo and the “Nike Air” branding on the tongues. Furthermore, its midsoles are plain White and its outsoles are covered entirely in Black. As mentioned, this colorway is one of four Air Jordan 1 Mid releases arriving in December.
Two of Jordan Brand‘s upcoming Air Jordan releases, one of 2018 and the other of 2019, will both be made of patent leather. Patent leather is generally recognized as one of the signature elements of Air Jordan 11 colorways, such the “Concord” that recently made its comeback and the “Bred” colorway return next year. As of lately though, the glassy material has been making an appearance over the Air Jordan 1 and other models. For instance, the friends–and–family–excusive version of the SoleFly x Air Jordan 1 “Art Basel Miami” was made up of patent leather. Now, the Jordan Legacy 312 and Air Jordan 1 will feature patent leather too.
The Air Jordan 1 colorway inspired by Michael Jordan‘s Sports Illustrated cover from 1984 will be among December’s Air Jordan releases 2018. Michael Jordan did some exceptional and remarkable things during his rookie season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Back in May 1985, the NBA even named him the Rookie of the Year. This year, Jordan Brand even released an Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Rookie of the Year” colorway on November 17th, 2018. It drew inspiration from the shirt Michael Jordan wore during his acceptance speech. Jordan Brand again drew inspiration from his rookie season for this upcoming Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG colorway.