The 37th iteration of the Air Jordan is almost upon us, and as we approach a retail release, it seems Jordan Brand is continuing to gift athletes specialized pairs of the model. While the NBA’s Jayson Tatum has been spotted numerous times in PE colorways, a slew of WNBA players, including AD, Aerial Powers, Dearica Hamby, and Satou Sabally, are now receiving their own unique colorways inspired by stories in their personal lives. Follow along for a breakdown of each player’s Jordan 37 and the meaning behind the design. For updates on more in the sneaker and streetwear world, keep it locked to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app.
AD’s Air Jordan 37 “Journey” PE
After an injury that cut their season short, AD took inspiration from old school television sets and their RGB color palette when designing their take on the AJ 37. A dark purple Leno-Weave upper partially hides the AJ 7-inspired overlays across the upper while various overlays throughout feature bright neon colors across the full spectrum of the color wheel. Back on the pull-tab, inspirational quotes “day by day” and “DO IT AGAIN” are present in volt green, messages to themselves to push forward and come back to the WNBA in full-force.
Dearica Hamby’s Air Jordan 37 “Empress” PE
Tarot cards, specifically the Empress, get infused into Hamby’s AJ 37 with the name itself plastered atop the left sneaker’s blue tongue. Various green, brown, and tan shades are marbled throughout the upper while more vibrant shades of color land on the mudguard and overlays featured back on the heel. Around the collar, a floral graphic is etched on with the moon cycle appearing just above. As for the rest of the back half, various astrological-esque designs are present with more floral patterns featured on the pull tab. As stated by Dearica in an interview with NiceKicks, “The Empress card is a motherly card: blessings & love. It’s one of the most positive cards you can receive. I love playing basketball, but for me, being a mom is my purpose – this shoe represents that.”
Aerial Powers Air Jordan 37 “Pow Pow” PE
As a gamer and fantasy lover, Aerial Powers derives the “Pow Pow” name from these passions as well as the first half of her last name. To convey these themes, the Leno-Weave upper sits atop various “POW!” graphics that look like they are taken directly from an old comic book while the onomatopoeia also appears on the collar and pull tab. Like other sneakers in this collection of player exclusives, her last name is written across the black tongue of the left sneaker with “Pow” highlighted in green.
Satou Sabally Air Jordan 37 “Secret Agent” PE
Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Satou Sabally and her brother Lamin traveled across the world during their upbringing. Both her brother and the various places she called home inspire this “Secret Agent” colorway. Black, red, and grey shades take over the sneaker with the tongue of the left sneaker hosting three places in which Sabally had lived, Gambia, Berlin, and Harpers Ferry while the medial sides of the heel overlay have coordinates that link up with these three locations. A phrase often spoken by her brother, “Whatcha gon do” appears in red on the black pull-tab placed on the heel while the last hit of brotherly love comes via the outsole James Bond-inspired graphic featuring her and her brother.
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