The recent, untimely demise of Jose Fernandez has completely altered the entire scenario for the Miami Marlins as they head into the 2016 MLB playoffs. The Marlins had already been coming to terms with a rather disappointing season and then this tragedy struck. Consequently, the Marlins had to cancel their Sunday’s game and right before Monday’s game, they held a ceremony in honor of Jose. Even Jose’s No. 16 has been officially retired. It is quite a coincidence that not too long ago, it was revealed that Jordan Brand’s and SoleFly’s latest collaboration would be inspired by the 1997 World Series that the Marlins had participated in.
Back then, the Miami Marlins were known as the Florida Marlins and it was back during that 1997 World Series that they had ended up winning their first MLB championship trophy. Prior to the recent game in Marlins Park following Jose’s death, the New York Mets also joined the Marlins in an on-field ceremony to not only mourn Jose’s demise but also celebrate his life. Jose was undeniably one of the most enthusiastic and lively players in the sport of baseball, often spotted with a smile on his face. SoleFly happens to be Miami-based, so the inspiration from the 1997 World Series makes sense.
The Air Jordan 23 is the model of choice for the latest collaboration between Jordan Brand and SoleFly. The sneaker’s leather uppers are dressed up in a vibrant Mint- or Teal-like hue. Although this sneaker ·is meant to be a nod to all the sports teams that hail from Miami, it draws most of its inspiration from the Miami Marlins and now, it could perhaps even be seen as a tribute to Jose Fernandez. The right tongue of this sneaker also features the “SF” branding, while the right one has the “23” logo present on it.
Apart from the arrival of these detailed, new photos, the latest news is that the October 22nd will mark the retail debut of this SoleFly x Air Jordan 23 “Marlins” and it will be available at SoleFly’s Cutler Bay store. This sneaker will also become available online on SoleFly.com on October 24th.
SoleFly x Air Jordan 23 “Marlins”
Release Date: October 22nd, 2016 (October 24th, 2016 online)