Take a Closer Look at Luka Dončić's New Signature Air Jordan 1

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Luka Dončić is arguably the best young talent we’ve seen since MJ, and hands down one of the most exciting players to watch in the league right now. (Well, before we all went into lockdown. Yeah, I miss sports.) History has shown us that many great athletes are superstitious and practice pregame rituals. Take, for example, MJ and Lebron’s chalk tosses (they differ a bit), or Wade’s pull-up on the rim, and so on. Guess what? Dončić has one, too. And after signing with Jordan Brand last December, this young superstar is finally getting his first shoe release (part of the Pregame Pack) that celebrates what happens before the clock starts.

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For the longest time, AJ1 Mids were neglected by the sneaker community. But we're starting to see a shift in this belief. Even though the Mids are divisive, there's no denying a great sneaker when you see one, and certain colorways—the Blue the Great and Milan iterations of the silhouette, for example—have convinced many of that not all Mids are dealbreakers. Dončić's riff on the newly revived style is definitely one of these colorways. The sneaker combines white and just-barely-there mint green on the upper, and is dressed in asymmetrical accent colors on the Swoosh and outsole. It's subtle and clean, but still packs that extra flavor needed to make a statement. In fact, it almost resembles Dončić's playing style on the court. But remember, this is all about the pregame, and the cool colors are meant to highlight calm and mindfulness. To that end, each heel features a little mantra: “Breathe & Center” on one side, and “Center & Breathe” on the other.

Here’s a closer look at the AJ1 Mid "Mindfulness."

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