THE AIR JORDAN XXXV TAKES THE ECLIPSE PLATE ONE STEP FURTHER
The 35 years of game-changing innovation that’s guided the history of Jordan Brand footwear includes taking the most valuable performance features on the court and making them even better for the world’s best players.
“The Air Jordan signature shoe has and will always be the most important shoe we make each year,” says Craig Williams, President of Jordan Brand.
He adds, “Basketball is where the Jordan Brand started, and it’s where we’ll continue to invest in and advance our never-ending pursuit of excellence on the court.”
Refining the most responsive cushioning platform in basketball, the Air Jordan XXXV taps the technology behind the Eclipse Plate and evolves it to help unlock Zoom Air for a more responsive feeling in the heel and forefoot.
Jayson Tatum, star forward for the Boston Celtics says, “The XXXV is comfortable, supportive and lightweight, to the point that I don’t even feel like I’m wearing it. I can play my style without even thinking about it. I was shocked that Jordan could take the Eclipse Plate in the XXXIV and upgrade it in the XXXV.”
In the Air Jordan XXXV, the Eclipse Plate 2.0 builds off its original form in the XXXIV to get the most efficient energy return out of those Zoom Air units. With reduction once again as the shoe’s guiding philosophy, the design is an example of performance and aesthetic innovation that remains at the core of Jordan Brand’s on-court presence.
What Defines the Air Jordan XXXV?
Integrating premium materials and textures was a key element in its design.
While the shoe’s visual identity is fixed on the Eclipse Plate 2.0, other visual details link the silhouette back to Jordan Brand tradition, specifically the Air Jordan V, with its tongue top design and its Kurim detailing and molded foam pods around the collar of the shoe. Jordan Brand athletes and consumers asked to bring back suedes and other premium materials that the brand historically established on the court. Interpretations of leather and suedes and other handmade touches point back to the Jordan Brand language of luxury, but done with functional purpose for the final product.
“The brand has a history of giving these materials an aspirational quality. When players see it, when they touch it, they feel like they have the power of the Jumpman behind them. Everything we do has to tie back to making the best basketball shoe on the planet" says Tate Kuerbis, Jordan Brand footwear designer.
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