In the history of the Air Jordan lineage, the combination of innovation and style has always been a key balance.

For instance, the Air Jordan II combines the style of its sophisticated Italian look with the innovation of its intelligent sole unit. This tradition is continued through the new Air Jordan XXXII, a shoe inspired by the essence of the Air Jordan II, but filled with its fair share of more-than-meets-the-eye tech.

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“We’ve always explored new materials and technology to create the best game shoe. That was evident when we went to Italy to make the II, and it still rings true today. On the XXXII, we challenged our designers to push the limits while staying true to the brand’s DNA.” – Michael Jordan

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While the craft of the Jordan II’s leathers, textures and shaping is impressive, what’s underfoot best explains the shoe’s innovative design. At the time, the sole unit, which relies on a direct-injection PU, required Italian ingenuity — and subsequently brought Nike a step forward in footwear design and engineering.

Similarly, the Air Jordan XXXII benefits from the first-of-its-kind Flyknit upper with high-tenacity yarn.

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“With Jordan shoes, we obsess the style in a way that puts many of the performance elements under the hood, so to speak. or example, I wanted to make the laces just disappear into the knit structure, but inside there is a whole harness system with webbing that really locks down your foot.” – Tate Kuerbis, Jordan XXXII Designer

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The flyknit upper of the shoe, formed with high-tenacity yarns, uses its knit structure to reduce stiffness at the forefoot and modernizes the moccasin-like toe box of the Jordan II. The digital craft of the knit is balanced by a more traditional application of a molded leather or suede at the heel counter. For the first time, the Air Jordan XXXII will launch globally in a mid and low version.

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The Air Jordan XXXII, by NIKE