WITH the 2016 Summer Olympics just around the corner, Nike is ramping up its event-related footwear in the basketball department.
One anticipated shoe is a retro model, the Air Jordan 7 'Olympic Alternate' that was previously released as an exclusive in a Nike event in San Francisco last week and will be made available to the public this August.
The colorway was an alternative design of the famous Air Jordan 'Olympic' that Michael Jordan wore as a member of the US Dream Team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Nike designer Tinker Hatfield designed an alternate pair that His Airness never wore on court.The alternate bears a strong resemblance to the ones Jordan wore.
The Jordan 7, released in 1992, has several distinct design cues: the lack of the Nike Swoosh logo, the hidden Air Sole units, a Huarache-inspired neoprene inner bootie and colorful geometric detailing inspired by West African Tribal culture which Hatfield based on a world music concert poster he saw in a record store. For the Olympic version, Jordan’s Team USA jersey number, 9, replaced his iconic 23 with the Chicago Bulls that was placed on the heel that also shows a rendering of the US flag.
The 'Olympic Alternate' sports a White/Metallic, Gold Coin, Deep Royal Blue, Fire Red and Lite Iron Ore colorway and has a release date of August 6. The price tag in retail is $190.