How does the Air Jordan 31 “Banned” stack up when compared to its inspiration? Today we get a look at a side-by-side comparison of both models slated to release on September 3rd as the iconic Black and Red look that was yes, ‘banned’, during Michael Jordan’s rookie season returns in both new and retro form. The overriding thematic element of the Jordan 31 has been paying homage to the Air Jordan 1. What better way to do it than through the implementation of his iconic “Banned” colorway?

Right off the bat, you can see that this year’s signature Jordan takes a lifestyle aesthetic with the overall shape of the silhouette mirroring the traditional contours of the Air Jordan 1 despite the updated woven upper throughout. The heel and tongue especially showcase this similarity. While there’s a subtle gradient of a Nike Swoosh on the side panel of the Jordan XXX1, the colorway is actually where these pairs make creative differences. The Jordan 31 “Banned” utilizes a gradient where a black heel fades into a more vibrant red on the toe. The ‘Banned’ callouts come in the form of bold lettering on the sole and inner tongue.

While traditionalists will undoubtedly prefer the Air Jordan 1 “Banned” due to its historic context, what do you think of Jordan Brand’s effort to make the Jordan 31 both a performance juggernaut and a pair you can wear off the court with ease? Check out more photos below and grab your pair on September 3rd.

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