I was in college when the Jordan Brand dipped deep into laser detailing. We saw it on two pairs of the Air Jordan IV. We saw it on the Air Jordan V. We saw it all over the place. And no matter what, no matter what silhouette they used, the reaction from the sneaker community was always the same: HYPE HYPE HYPE.
With lasering coming back to the brand in 2015, we can expect more of the same, not just because we expect the people to once again embrace it but also because of the sneaker they’re using. The Air Jordan XX utilized this unique design aspect better and more prominently than any Air Jordan released before or since, so it only makes sense that Jordan would go to it again here.
The Air Jordan XX “Laser” is dropping at Champs Sports, an all-white shoe that features the iconic laser details flipped from the mid-foot strap to covering the upper entirely. And if we know anything about the history of this, we can already guess how people will respond.
This year’s retro will be part of Jordan’s vaunted remastered program in 2015, from which we’ve already seen massive releases for sneakers like the Air Jordan IV, VII, and X. The XX never reached classic status among sneakerheads, but it’s always been respected for a few key components. Designer Tinker Hatfield returned to JB specifically for this release, knowing how important a 20th shoe was for Michael Jordan‘s legacy. He proceeded to create a shoe with some incredibly intricate detailing.
With this one, Jordan has taken that aspect of the shoe and blown it up to mirror many of the “lasered” Jordans of past years. Is this retro one of the best in that aspect? Outside of special releases, PEs, and joints released for Michael Jordan himself, you can see for yourself here.
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