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 Ever since originally made its retail debut on May 10th, 2000 at a price of $120, it is the only colorway to have been inspired by the Emsley A. Laney High School, where Michael Jordan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.
Some of the earlier Air Jordan releases 2019 also included Russell Westbrook‘s debuting second signature model, the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2. The Why Not Zer0.2 was first seen back in December 2018 when some leaked photos were shared by @nikeswoosh.ph on Instagram. As 2019 begun, one of the first things that Jordan Brand did was officially unveil the Why Not Zer0.2 on January 1st. Not only that, Russell Westbrook’s second signature sneaker model made its retail debut in full family sizes on January 10th, 2019. Its debuting colorway consisted of multiple hues, such as Black, Orange, shades of Blue, Red, and Sail, which covered its soles.
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.
Before this year comes to an end, more brand new Jordan Legach 312 colorways will be joining this month’s Air Jordan releases 2018. In one of the recent posts, you may have read that an upcoming Jordan Legacy 312 iteration featuring patent leather uppers might be drawing inspiration from 2013’s Air Jordan 1 “Black/Metallic Gold.” Although this has not been confirmed, the two do look alike. However, it seems that this will not be the only Jordan Legacy 312 colorway to hit the shelves before 2019 kicks off. Three brand new colorways of the Jordan Legacy 312 were recently unveiled, one of which is already available.
2017 was the year that marked the debut of the Nike LeBron 15, which was designed by Jason Petrie. Through the LeBron 15, Nike also introduced two brand new technologies, namely Battleknit uppers and a cushioning system that combines Max Air and Zoom Air. Nike first released the LeBron 15 on October 28th, 2017 in an “Ashes” colorway that retailed at a price of $185. This year, Nike surprised everyone by also launching the “LeBron Watch” program that enabled them to own various LeBron 15 PE colorways that had been seen throughout 2018. It seems that Nike is bringing back the LeBron Watch program for a second 2018–2019 season.