This weekend Jordan Brand will be releasing the Air Jordan 7 “Alternate.” The pair draws inspiration from Michael Jordan’s iconic performance in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield, the AJ 7 found the designer removing the Nike Air branding visible on the previous six Jordan models and adding a neoprene Huarache bootie for support. In addition, Hatfield applied a notable geometric pattern inspired by a poster for the long-running Afropop Worldwide radio program. The graphic was in turn featured on the tongue and sole unit of three of the five original colorways, capturing the cultural spirit of the early ’90s.
Jordan’s appearance in the 1992 Olympics initiated the fourth iteration of the 7, done up in a toned-down white with a navy tongue and silver accents, which translated the aforementioned pattern with a patriotic red, white and blue mix.
Tinker ultimately ended up designing two colorways of the Air Jordan 7 for Michael to choose from to wear in the Barcelona Olympics, one predominantly white-based and one that was much more contrasted. In the end, Jordan chose to rock the white-based version. The alternate has in turn been sitting on the sidelines, until now that is.
You can look forward to the Air Jordan 7 “Alternate” releasing on August 6 through select Jumpman providers.
Jordan Brand also just released the “Silver Medal” Air Jordan 1 in celebration of the Rio Olympics.