Where to Buy the Air Jordan 12 'Playoffs'
News on this release was originally published on February 14, 2022.
Update March 2, 2022: It turns out March 1 was not the date to watch for the Stateside Air Jordan 12 'Playoffs' release. Now moved to March 11 we've created a US-centric Where to Buy guide. Scroll down for the retailers who'll have pairs stocked come drop day!
Update February 16, 2022: It's been well over six months since news broke that the Air Jordan 12 'Playoffs' was receiving a retro return! Many have been patiently waiting and the drop is almost here. However, it's looking like stateside sneakerheads will have to wait a little longer, with March 1 looking to be the new date to watch in the US. For the rest of the world, February 19 is approaching and we've whipped up a Where to Buy guide with some of the retailers that'll be stocked come drop day. Good luck if you're trying to secure a pair.
When Jordan Brand first announced their spring 2022 Air Jordan retro collection back in December, fans were immediately drawn to the retro bringback that tied all the other pairs together: the Air Jordan 12 'Playoffs', a shoe that's celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022. Debuted in 1997 and last released in 2012 to commemorate their 15th anniversary, the 'Playoffs' were on Michael Jordan's feet as he fought his way towards his fifth NBA Championship, and this quarter-century retro promises premium materials and original detailing.
Offering a mixture of black tumbled leather and white pebbled leather that's an inverse of the Air Jordan 12 'Taxi' colourblocking scheme, the 'Playoffs' boasts top-tier construction and still-potent performance thanks to the Zoom Air units loaded into its heel and forefoot. Other traditional details include red branded hits on the tongue and heel, metallic silver top eyestays, 'TWO3' tongue embroidery and the Air Jordan 12's visible carbon fibre support shank placed under the arch.
'We don’t want to release these OG colourways randomly', said Donald Kelsey – the product director of Jordan Brand's global retro line – when the 2022 drop was first announced. 'It has to be tethered in some way to MJ’s story. Our team is serious about connecting the dots for when these OG models or colourways [are] released. The diehard fans can see that we care about preserving history, while new fans are invited to dig into their curiosity and explore the reasons for timing. Why now? Why this shoe? Then the answers start flowing. We never launch a retro in isolation'.
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