Sharing mutual respect for each other’s brilliance, sporting giants Michael Jordan and Neymar Jr. have come together in a unique Nike/Jordan collaboration.
The NJR X JORDAN Hypervenom boot takes its inspiration from the Jordan v, Neymar Jr’s personal favourite. Appearing in a black, white and red mix the boot uses the classic colours of Jordan’s to create a distinctive and appealing look. As well as the boot, the Jordan brand will release a Neymar addition of the Jordan V Low.
“ The Jordan V is very iconic and has the fighter jet shark teeth on the front,” explains Nathan VanHook, Nike Football Sr. Design Director, “and the Hypervenom II that Neymar Jr. wears has an almost modernised version of that feature, so we took those elements and put them together.”
Neymar’s Brazil number, 10, is on the lateral side of the left black boot and his Barcelona number, 11, appears on the left white boot. Paying homage to Jordan, Neymar requested that the number 23 is on the right side of both boots.
“Michael Jordan set the standard for greatness,” says Neymar Jr. “He’s an incredible competitor and a champion. I’ve always admired him, so to collaborate with him and have his icon on my boots means a great deal to me.”
Joining forces in this way is unprecedented, seeing Neymar Jr. become the first football athlete to feature the Jumpman on his product, and marks the first time the Jordan brand has launched a complete collection for an athlete who isn’t a member of the Jordan brand.
As well as the Hypervenom and Jordan V, the NJR x JORDAN collection includes apparel and a football training shoe.
The NJR x JORDAN Hypervenom will be available on Nike.com.