Air Jordan 2012: The 27th edition.
This Air Jordan has 3 versions: Air Jordan 2012 A (Air Ride), Air Jordan 2012 Q (Quick Ride) and Air Jordan 2012 E (Explosive Ride)
From Nike's Blog:
Air Jordan celebrates 27 years of performance with a pinnacle game shoe built for three styles of flight.
Fly Around. Fly Over. Fly Through. No matter how you fly, the Air Jordan 2012 is the pinnacle game shoe that caters to your style of play.
The 27th Air Jordan release was a collaborative design effort by Tinker Hatfield and Tom Luedecke who drew inspiration from the era of zoot suits and wingtip shoes. They felt the audacious, confident demeanor of the 1930’s jazz scene reflected the attitude of today’s elite ballers. Together they developed a shoe with finely crafted details, premium materials and customization options like no other basketball kicks before.
The Air Jordans 2012 shoes feature:
Two innersleeve options give ballers unique options for their fit preference. A low-cut sleeve gives a sleeker fit, more range of motion and less material for a lighter flight. Our high-cut sleeve provides added ankle comfort, stability and protection.
- Three different midsole cushioning options allow you to dominate the game in your own style.
The “Fly Around” midsole is for you speedy perimeter players. This is our most responsive offering with forefoot foam and heel Zoom Air.
If you’re looking to take to the sky, our “Fly Over” has responsive Zoom Air in the forefoot but rocks an encapsulated Air Sole unit in the heel for soft landings.
For the power player who owns the paint, the “Fly Through” insole is your ride of choice, with a full-length encapsulated Air Sole for the ultimate in impact protection.
The traction pattern gives you grip where you need it most, and goes light on low-tread areas to reduce the shoe’s overall weight. You’ll also notice the traction squares are slightly raised on the key pressure points of the sole.
Let’s not forget about the artisanal attention and craftsmanship on these kicks either. The wingtip on the toe-box has tight double-stitching and perforations in the shape of an ‘M’ for MJ himself.
The wingtip inspiration extends on the side panel, heel and tongue with dress-shoe finished leather with brogue perf detailing. Thin lines throughout the midsole were inspired by MJ’s “Black Cat” nickname, serving as scratch marks.
- This AJ 2012 Flight system will be customizable at retail.
Details of each version:
Air Ride or A: Made for gravity-defying play features the Fly Over midsole with Nike Zoom in the forefoot and an Air-Sole unit in the heel for ultra-responsive, lightweight cushioning. This version of the Air Jordan 2012 has a low-cut inner sleeve for freedom of movement during quick cuts in every direction, and the durable outer shell includes super-strong Flywire technology for lightweight support.
- Nike Zoom unit in the forefoot and Air-Sole in the heel for low-profile cushioning and lightweight performance
Explosive Ride or E: Made for maximum impact in the post, features the Fly Through midsole with a full-length Air-Sole unit, which absorbs the shock of hard landings in the paint and transforms it into a more powerful reaction. This version of the Air Jordan 2012 has a removable high-cut inner sleeve that helps protect the ankle, and the durable outer shell includes super-strong Flywire technology for lightweight support.
- Full-length Air-Sole unit in for premium cushioning and impact absorption
Quick Ride or Q: Made for incredible speed, features the Fly Around midsole with Nike Zoom for super-lightweight, ultra-responsive cushioning and a low-to-the-ground feel. This version of the Air Jordan 2012 has a low-cut inner sleeve for freedom of movement during hard cuts and crossovers, and the durable outer shell includes super-strong Flywire technology for lightweight support.
- Nike Zoom unit in forefoot and heel for responsive cushioning