West coast boutique UNION LA surprised suddenly with their Air Jordan 1s quite a bit back, both colorways replete with vintage ethos. For Fall/Winter ’20, the imprint is following up their previous set with not just two but four different pairs for release at the end of August. From their duo of Air Jordan 4s to their Jordan Zoom 92 and Jordan Delta Mid, the “Sophomore Album” as they call it delivers a theme still retro-inspired and filled to the brim with Chris Gibbs’ personal touch.
The undisputed helm of the entire collection, the two Air Jordan 4s effectively retrace past ideas with new additions. “Off-Noir,” as a visual mirror of the aforementioned AJ1, brings the same palettes of black, white, red, and blue with a material composition plush and like that of “Birkenstock sandals” as Gibbs states. Its vibrant complement, the “Guava,” takes the same color story and dials it to a neon 11 — the upper masked in bright pink while the accents adjacent mix in more saturated shades along with pastel blues and vintage yellowing. But while their palettes are significantly loud, the structural details are far more interesting as the tongue is loosely stitched down for a shorter look while the paneling adds an extra element for a profile unique to UNION themselves.
Then, though left out of previous leaks, the Jordan Delta Mid arrives as a tweaked replication of the “Off-Noir” pair. Blues dress the collar as black neutrals dye the majority, while subtler details deliver muted orange branding and red contrast stitch as well as heel counter panels. React foam ushers in the silhouette’s attention to technical improvement while the general aesthetic is all UNION’s own doing. In a similar vein, the Jordan Zoom 92 reflects “Guava” in its choice of presentation — everything translated to the Frankenstein’d silhouette via its eye stay molds, tooling, layered paneling, and the like.
Grab a detailed look at the entire set of footwear here, and with much more on the way, expect quite a large launch come August 29th.
The wide release of the Union x Jordan capsule has been postponed to October 16th. See below for details.
The UNION LA x Air Jordan Collection is releasing tomorrow, 8/29 on UNIONJORDANLA.com. The release will be ONLINE ONLY at 9am PST and there is a limit of 1 piece of footwear and 1 article of clothing per style; multiple orders will be cancelled. Worldwide shipping is also available.
Alongside their traditional online release, UNION LA will also be hosting a local raffle for the “LA COUNTY ONLY.” If you’re looking to enter your name, head over to Union at 110 S. La Brea Ave from 9am to 3pm on either Thursday, 8/20, to Friday, 8/21. Bring a valid California ID to qualify; one entry per person.
The UNION x Air Jordan collaboration is still scheduled to release on August 29th on the two’s specially created webstore. A wider launch will soon follow on September 30th.
UNION LA x Air Jordan “Sophomore Album”
UNION Release Date: August 29th, 2020
Jordan Release Date: October 16th, 2020
Style Code: DC9533 001 (Off-Noir)
Style Code: DC9533 800 (Guava Ice)
Make sure to follow @kicksfinder for live tweets during the release date.
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