The Air Jordan 20 has been through a lot of transformations since it dropped in 2005, especially for a silhouette that people thought wouldn’t stick due to it being one of the first releases after MJ’s official tissue retirement just two years prior. Alas, we’re here 13 years later with another iteration that puts the focus on Flyknit with help from Carmelo Anthony.

Coming in black and a standout olive/orange colorway, the new AJ20 keeps a few classic details intact — the high ankle and midfoot straps are altered, but still keep the same shape — but has been updated with such refined detailing for this generation that it really becomes its own design outside of the original. One of those key changes involves Melo as mentioned above, who steps in as the signature athlete to bring it to the paint this season. The Jumpman-endorsed star athlete stamps his namesake logo on the insoles to really make things official, and also scraps the classic laser-etched midfoot in place for a removable velcro patch that reads “72023” — Melo’s jersey number, the shoe model number in the Air Jordan line, and of course 23 to signify the OG that jumpstarted it all. The gum sole is just an added bonus that adds the perfect touch to an already dope design. This is how you update a shoe!

The new Air Jordan 20 is on board to release later this month or further in the fall season. We’ll keep you updated, but peep a few first look shots below:

Source: Sneaker News