In the 1996-1997 NBA sports competition season, Air Jordan 12 appeared by a slow-motion shot advertising on TV.
As you know, AIR JORDAN 12 is the first pair of Jordan shoes with Zoom Air Cushion. After that, most of AJ series shoes use ZOOM Air Cushion.
Nike Air Jordan 12 retro is the return to the designer Tinker Hatfield’s famous 1996 shoe design. NIKE Air Jordan 12 retro also uses Zoom Air Cushion with classic leather and simple cool design. NIKE Air Jordan 12 retro assist the ‘air Jordan’ to get the fifth champion.
NIKE Air Jordan 12 retro is comfortable and has elasticity. But some shoe fans said it’s too heavy, it’s not suitable for light players.
Why is the Air Jordan 12 retro comfortable but also heavy? Is the air cushion really Zoom Air? Is the air cushion full-length or half? If it’s full-length, is the air cushion separated type or integrated type? Some shoe fans should have such doubts before.
US8.5/EUR42, Left shoe weight is about 444.5g
US8.5/EUR42, Right shoe weight is about 444.5g
Now we want to show you the inner secrets of AJ12.
The cross-section drawn of left shoe: EVA Shoe-pad. Nonwoven innersole, Zoom Air Cushion, arch supporting plate, outsole
The cross-section drawn of left shoe: shoe tongue, sewn-in label, foam on ankle part
Vamp part: reinforced leather on the shoe side, vamp, holes of shoelaces, faux-metallic shoelaces buckles, Jordan logo
TWO 3 on shoe tongue, after releasing the idea of “TWO3”, the AJ series becomes the individual brand.
The vamp is cow leather, nylon banding on both sides of the shoe tongue prevents the shoe tongue from deflection
The shoe tongue is made of synthetic leather with cotton cloth. The inner side of shoe body is a layer of nonwovens lining, which is for reducing the weight.
From AJ12, the logo on shoe body (including the shoe-pad) has been changed to “JUMPMAN”
Shoe-pad: EVA texture, the thickness if about 5mm
Under the shoe-pad, the nonwoven upper base is about 1mm thick.
After taking away the nonwoven upper base, we can see the full-length Zoom Air Cushion.
Yes, it’s full-length Zoom Air Cushion!
US8.5/EUR42, the length of Zoom Air Cushion is about 255mm, the length of shoe is about 265mm
US8.5/EUR42, the thickness of Zoom Air Cushion is about 8.64mm
US8.5/EUR42, the weight of Zoom Air Cushion is about 30.8g
Shoe-pad, Air Cushion
The irregular shape carbon fiber plate under the insole is extended to the bottom of heel, the length of midcourt line is about 166.2mm, the width is about 64.52mm
The weight of the irregular shape carbon fiber plate is about 16g
The arch part is hollowed-out outsole, it’s for reducing the weight, the thickness is about 4.5mm. It’s enough for daily using.
The top view of insole parts
Overall, after deconstructing the AIR JORDAN 12 RETRO, we can know that the configuration is great, especially the full-length ZOOM Air Cushion, it solves the doubt in many shoe fans’ heart. With the establishment of Jordan brand, many classic shoes have been created. No matter what the meaning behind AJ12 or the actual performance of AJ12, it’s worthy of your love.