The Air Jordan 12 is Michael Jordan’s twelfth classic shoe, first released to the public in 1996. Since then it has been released again and again in different iterations. Like the previous iconic silhouettes, Tinker Hatfield was the bright spark behind this sneaker design.
These silhouettes were the first Air Jordan shoes to feature Zoom Air cushioning. A full length Phylon encased cushion was placed over a carbon fiber midfoot shank. The footwear was mostly made of high-quality full-grain leather, which some considered a disadvantage, mainly due to the lack of airflow.
The Air Jordan 12 undoubtedly became famous and became a favorite of many. The AJ12’s designs drew fans in droves to retailers as Michael Jordan won another NBA championship. However, the Air Jordan 12 should be known for its historical importance in relation to Michael’s marketability.
Although these shoes came in a Nike box, it was the first Air Jordan footwear to not feature Nike or Swoosh insignia anywhere on the style. Not many colorways of these shoes have been released over the years, which only added to their rarity and exclusivity.
Now, in 2022, Jordan Brand has shown a departure from his normal work and paid comparatively more attention to his AJ12 line. Earlier this month, the brand released its Emoji colorway, and it’s now ready to welcome three more iterations later this year. Let’s take a quick look at these upcoming couples.
Three upcoming colorways of the Air Jordan 12
1) Air Jordan 12 Low Golf Driftwood
With the rise of the streetwear attitude and a revived aesthetic in the golfing world, companies are stepping up efforts to create their own individual product lines. Jordan Brand, for example, has developed a significant number of footwear options powered by its distinctive signature bloodline. Next up for Jordan Brand is the upcoming Air Jordan 12 Low Golf “Driftwood” Edition.
The makers behind this iteration’s palette have definitely taken a more lifestyle-oriented stance. The ‘Sail’ colorway is applied to the premium tumbled leather upper paired with buttery-soft suede fenders in the same colour.
Metallic gold closures, tan heel tabs and copper-colored Jumpman emblems on the tongues add further complementary elements to the golf shoes. The inserts and Jordan brandings embedded in the stud bottoms also feature bright orange color accents.
If you’re ready to add the Air Jordan 12 Golf “Driftwood” to your repertoire, they will be available on Nike’s e-commerce site starting June 15 for $220.
2) Air Jordan 12 Stealth
Jordan Brand will introduce a greyscale variant of the AJ12 in 2022 that looks like it belongs in a black and white film.
The exterior of the sneaker is made of gray tumbled leather with light gray accents on the medial and side reinforcements, laces and tongue stitching. The Jumpman tab features the same tint as the midsole, which is heather gray and features Zoom air cushioning throughout. The footwear is rounded off by a light gray outsole.
The Air Jordan 12 “Stealth” will be available July 30th for $200 through SNKRS and select stores.
3) Air Jordan 12 Black Taxi
While spring isn’t here yet, Jordan Brand has announced that a “Black Taxi” edition of the AJ12 will be introduced later this fall.
The earliest “Taxi” Jordan 12 is widely considered to be one of the best Jordan 12 colorways, so this black and gold version has a lot to prove.
Although no official photos of the sneakers have been released, a trusted sneaker insider, @zSneakerHeadz, did a simulation of what the colorway is supposed to look like.
The upper will most likely match the original “Taxi” color blocking, except for a black nubuck finish that complements the marbled fenders and soles, instead of white.
The gold detailing on the medial and lateral sides, as well as the eyelets, should be similar to the earlier ones, with “Jumpman” marking on the side panels, which is standard for the Jordan 12 aesthetic.
The Air Jordan 12 “Black Taxi” will be available on SNKRS and retailers starting October 15 for $200.
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