Michael Jordan X Naruto X Zion sneaker shoes design unveiled by Jumpman, NBA’s Zion Williamson!

Jordan X Zion X Naruto inspired footwear.
Jordan X Zion X Naruto inspired footwear. Pic credit: @SBDetroit/Twitter

Ever since the Michael Jordan Jumpman23 account tweeted about the upcoming collaboration with the anime Naruto fans have been speculating about what the final designs would look like. The mystery is finally over as Jordan revealed the official designs on April 26, 2022. 

NBA’s Zion Williamson, an American basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans, is quoted as hyping the Jordan Naruto sneakers.

“Two of my childhood favorites — Michael Jordan and then Naruto. Both were able to collaborate and bring my vision to life. You can’t make this stuff up. You have no idea how much this means to me.”

Zion Williamson

The tweet simply stated that the Zion Williamson x Naruto shoes collection is “coming soon. Believe it.”

Jordan X Zion X Naruto inspired sneakers.
The design for the Jordan X Zion X Naruto sneakers. Pic credit: @Jumpman23

From his own Twitter account, Zion Williamson also tweeted:

“Excited to share this story with the world. The @Jumpman23 Zion 1 X Naruto Collection is inspired by our parallel paths of overcoming adversity. Stay turned! #BelieveIt.”

Zion Williamson also tweeted today about how the creator of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto gifted him with a drawing that turned him into a ninja!

Zion Williamson holding a special illustration by Masashi Kishimoto.
Zion holding a special illustration gifted to him by Masashi Kishimoto. Pic credit: @ZionWilliamson

Leaked designs stirred controversy on Twitter before the official release

@hulkgamerxx shared the leaked shoe designs in a tweet April 24, 2022:

Leaked designs from the Jordan X Naruto X Zion collab.
Leaked designs of the Naruto X Jordan X Zion collab. Pic credit: @hulkgamerxx/Twitter

Fans didn’t know if these designs were fake, knock-offs, or the official design. There have been mixed reviews for the designs so far with some fans praising the designs while others are calling them ‘tacky retro’.

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More photos of the sneakers have just been released:

Zoomed in shot of one of the sneakers from the Jordan X Zion X Naruto collab.

Fans miss the classic feel from the Coach X Jordan X Naruto collab

This is not the first time Michael B Jordan has done an interesting collaboration with the anime Naruto. Jordan happens to be Coach’s global ambassador and released his first anime collaboration in 2019.

Thus, it came as no surprise to his friends that he chose his favorite anime: Naruto. The anime’s story revolves around Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who wants to become the Hokage – the strongest ninja in his village.

Anime otaku and diehard Naruto fans will easily be able to recognize motifs inspired by the anime like Sharingan and Sennin eyes. The collection, which also has Naruto, Sasuke, and Itachi motifs, consists of unisex streetwear, ready-to-wear parkas, pullovers, t-shirts, footwear, and bags. The clothes are comfortable and practical – what a ninja’s wardrobe should be.

Jordan X Coach X Naruto inspired collaboration apparel pieces.
Coach X Jordan X Naruto inspired collection. Pic credit: Clem and Coach

Jordan’s collaboration with Coach and Naruto definitely set the bar high for this next collab, which is perhaps why some fans are disappointed in the unveiled designs and wish that the designs were a bit more ‘serious’ and ‘classic’ like the Coach designs. Those who aren’t too into the sneaker designs can always peruse the snazzy apparel line that was also unveiled!

Jordan X Zion X Naruto inspired clothing.
Jordan X Zion X Naruto apparel. Pic credit: @ModernNotoriety/Twitter

This year 2022 has seen a surge of luxury fashion brands collaborating with Japanese anime and manga to bring limited-edition collections. Anime otaku fondly remember the Coach X Michael B Jordan X Naruto collab back in 2019.

In 2020, following in Coach’s footsteps Longchamp decided to collaborate with Pokemon. Then, in 2021 there was the GUCCI X Doraemon collab.

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Jordan X Zion X Naruto inspired clothing.
Jordan X Zion X Naruto apparel. Pic credit: @ModernNotoriety/Twitter

These fashion labels have managed to garner attention from a completely new clientele base due to these visually striking collaborations where favorite anime and manga characters take center stage.

Jordan X Zion X Naruto inspired clothing.
Jordan X Naruto X Zion apparel. Pic credit: @ModernNotoriety/Twitter

At the beginning of 2021, the Spanish luxury house Loewe launched a collection inspired by the anime My Neighbor Totoro. In January 2022 Loewe released another collection that was inspired by the anime Spirited Away.

Upcoming collaborations and recently released collabs we’re keeping an eye on are Maje X Sailor Moon, Vans X JoJo and more. Read my other article about the best high-fashion anime clothing in the link to see my top picks of each collection and learn which anime-inspired collection will launch in the next few months. (Maje X Sailor Moon’s inspired clothing line launched today, April 26, 2022.)

Jordan X Zion X Naruto inspired clothing.
Jordan X Naruto X Zion apparel. Pic credit: @ModernNotoriety/Twitter

What do you think of the new Jordan X Zion X Naruto sneakers and apparel? Make sure to comment below with your thoughts!

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