I’m a huge fan of Air Jordan sneakers, but usually my fandom is limited to retro models that MJ actually wore on court or signature models such as the CP3.IV. That being said, I tend to ignore many Team Jordan models. Once in awhile however, Jordan Brand releases a shoe that catches my attention; and that’s exactly what they did this week with the release of the Jordan Phase 23 Hoops Joe Johnson PE‘s. Perhaps I’m all ears because they have something to do with my beloved Atlanta Hawks? Perhaps, it’s because the heel strap that reminds me of the Air Jordan IV (one of my favorites)? Or maybe it’s because the forefoot strap reminds me of Nike Air Trainers from the Bo Jackson days? More likely than not, it’s a combination of all 3 of these reasons.
This is a shoe that I can see myself wearing at Philips Arena while cheering on our Hawks. Truth be told, Joe Johnson is a quieter player and doesn’t get any national shine. So it’s difficult as an Atlanta Hawks fan to want to wear a Melo shoe or DWade shoe (they are our rivals). It’s awesome to see that Jordan Brand is releasing something I can truly back 100%.
Supposedly Joe Johnson will be wearing these in the 2nd round of the playoffs, but I didn’t see them on his feet during Game 1 in Chicago. Perhaps we’ll see them tonight!
More after the jump.
The design of the Jordan Phase 23 Hoops was influenced by tennis, blending the game’s attitude and vibrant color with the responsiveness and support that is needed for playoff basketball.
The Jordan Phase 23 Hoops features technology in the shoe that will elevate athletes games when it matters most. The shoe features a full-length encapsulated Air unit, lightweight materials that provide stability and cushioning and a TPU ankle-support strap that helps lock down a players foot for a custom fit.
The Jordan Phase 23 Hoops is now available nationwide in Black/White, White/Varsity Purple, Wolf Grey/Green Apple and White/Mineral Blue for a suggested retail price of $110. Additional colorways of the Jordan Phase 23 Hoops will be available nationwide in June, 2011.
What do you think about JJ’s logo?
JJ’s logo seems to pop more when rendered in contrasting colors as opposed to this tone-on-tone treatment.