Like those that came before it, the AJ35 continues to push the limit for what’s possible in a basketball sneaker. The design vision saw the style stripped down to its essential technologies in order to minimize weight and maximize performance. Visible in the forefoot and heel are large Zoom Air bags for a responsive midsole, while the upper bears the first ever Flightwire system with a Kurim cage underneath for a locked-in feel. Running the length of the midsole is an enlarged Eclipse Plate 2.0, an updated version of the technology in the AJ34 designed for maximum lateral stability and late-game endurance.
Subtle nods to Jordan heritage include a familiar tongue top, molded Achilles foam, and heritage materials for a splash of old school. Even the classic herringbone traction on the outsole harkens to sneakers past, while still providing hard-cutting grip and traction.
First introduced on the AJ34, the Bayou Boys theme now comes to life on the AJ35 and pays homage to the rich diversity in and around the city of New Orleans, a place where cultures blend, wildlife flourishes, and Zion Williamson and his teammates take the court to do battle. With a colorway inspired by the city’s character and surrounding bayou ecosystem, the resilience of life in the Mississippi delta reminds us that it’s our differences that give us our strength.