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Air Jordan 35 Warrior

October 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am 10:30 am UTC+0

Like those that came before it, the AJ35 continues to push the limits of innovation and imagination 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 like suede 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.

Growing up half-Japanese and half-Beninese in Japan, Rui battled adversity and discrimination as a kid, but it’s the perseverance, purpose, and pride embodied by his Asian and West African heritage that has shaped who he is today: a warrior. The AJ35 “Warrior” draws inspiration from Rui’s identity and Kanji-inspired samurai logo, designed by his mother in honor of his family name and warrior spirit on the court.


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