Even after 20 plus years of sitting in their original box, I can still smell the tire rubber used on the original Air Jordan 14 black toes. In fact, the 14’s are personally one of my favorite Jordan designs in the lineup. Every detail of this shoe is sleek and aggressive with a hint of luxury. Of course, this is due to the fact that the Air Jordan XIV is inspired by the Ferrari 550 M luxury supercar. (Now the tire rubber makes sense.) On July 2nd, the 14 is back in a brand-new bold “Gym Red” colorway.
It’ll be hard to miss this shoe on the shelves as the uppers are comprised of Gym Red suede/nubuck and are contrasted by Black toes, tongues, mudguards, and soles. White midsoles add a nice separation between the two contrasting colors. A Ferrari-inspired Jumpman logo on the lateral ankle screams luxury sportscar. Black tire tread rubber runs along the heel and is offset by a large White Jumpman logo and the number 23.
While not an original colorway of the Air Jordan XIV family, the Gym Red pair is a great addition to the model that Jordan wore last as a Chicago Bull.