After the releasing the limited [“Titanium Blue” Air Jordan XX3] and the [limited (not as limited as the “TBs”) “All-Star” Air Jordan XX3], Jordan Brand will release the first General Release Air Jordan XX3, the Black/Red/Stealth Air Jordan XX3. The Black/Red/Stealth or “Stealth” Air Jordan XX3 is the first out of the initial release trio to be completely designed by Tinker Hatfield. The first two releases feature an outer stitching pattern designed by Mark Smith.
The Argyle MJ stitching on the outer of the “Stealth” XX3 is inspired by Michael Jordan’s luxurious taste. According to Tinker, while accompanying Michael on a trip through the shopping meccas of Europe (Milan, Paris, London, etc.), Michael consistently purchased the most exquisite goods. From a pair of handcrafted dress shoes, to a handcrafted cigar box, to the handcrafted leather interior of his newly purchased Ferrari, MJ sought for only the best. Based on this trip with Michael, Tinker felt the need to infuse this feeling of luxury into the Air Jordan XX3. The Argyle MJ pattern is a representation of passing this feeling of luxury onto the consumer.
In addition to the Argyle MJ pattern, the luxury of the Air Jordan XX3 is retained through the shape of the outsole of Air Jordan XX3 which is inspired by the shape normally found on high end dress shoes. For the first time ever, Nike/Jordan Brand utilized an air bladder pressing method that molds the outsole into a more foot conforming shape. The curvature of the outsole, along with the carbon fiber midsole plate, provides for a more comfortable yet stable experience.
Beyond the upper stitching and the outsole, the “Stealth” Air Jordan XX3 features a Black Nubuck upper with Red and White contrast stitching.
The “Stealth” Air Jordan XX3 is officially set to release on 2/23/2008 for a retail of $185
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