Three signature shoes in a span of three years is what Nike has done in terms of Retroing the Nike Griffey signature line. With the upcoming (and highly anticipated) release of the Nike Air Griffey Max 2 which followed the immensely successful Air Griffey Max 1 and somewhat lagging Air Griffey Max GD II, there’s no doubt that the Nike Griffey line has been one of the most successful Retros to date, and we’re certain Nike has some extra plans for Griffeys that go beyond the signature line. Perhaps we can see a multi-shoe hybrid like the 1/2 Cent was for the Air Penny line, but here’s a look at the Air Max JR, which takes the Air Griffey Max 1 and transforms it into a 21st century all-purpose athletic shoe ready to tear up the course.
The Air Max JR features a Air Griffey Max 1 upper design, but that’s as far as it goes. The ankle strap has been removed, but you can still see Griffey’s ’24’ embedded into the upper ankle where the strap would be. Nike’s super-lightweight Torch material also inhabits sections of the build, obviously giving these a lighter overall package. The most daunting alteration is clearly the 360-degree Max Air unit, which plays a role in the comfort side of things. Two colorways are confirmed for this Summer 2011 season; a Black/Black-Varsity Red for April and Cool Grey/Neon Yellow-Dark Charcoal in May – both with a pricetag of $150. Continue reading for detailed images on these two upcoming colorways of the Air Max JR and let us know what you think of this new design.