PE Watch: Jayson Tatum
Follow the kicks he’s wearing for the 2019-2020 season.
Jayson Tatum’s love of Air Jordans is well-documented, and for the 2019-2020 season, he’s been wearing the Air Jordan XXXIV in exclusive player edition (PE) styles. Of the latest game shoe, Jayson says: “All of the Air Jordans are fire, and the XXXIV definitely passes the test. It gives me that stability and peace of mind on the court. I was super excited when I first saw the shoe, knowing I’d be one of the first to wear it.”
Jayson’s PEs are inspired by his love for St. Louis, his team, his family, great food and more. The inside of each tongue has the nickname of his son, Deuce.
Here is a running list that’s being updated throughout the season.
Air Jordan XXXIV “Hot Sauce” PE
8/4/2020: The Air Jordan XXXIV “Hot Sauce” PE continues the taco inspiration seen on many of Jayson’s PEs this season.
Air Jordan XXXIV “Cool Grey” PE
7/26/20: The Air Jordan XXXIV “Cool Grey” PE is inspired by one of Jayson’s favorite sneakers, the Air Jordan XI “Cool Grey.”
Air Jordan XXXIV “Zoo”
7/24/20: To thank fans for their continued support, Jordan Brand released limited pairs of the Air Jordan XXXIV “Zoo” on July 31, a makeup inspired by Jayson’s family tradition of going to the zoo with his son, Deuce.
“The shoe is more of a tribute to my son, Deuce, and his fascination with animals,” explains Jayson, who has “Deuce” written on the tongues of all his PEs. “I vividly remember getting a private tour of this zoo in Australia, and being able to go face to face with kangaroos, giraffes, spider monkeys and more. Deuce was fearless and wanted to pet and feed all of them.”
The Air Jordan XXXIV “Zoo” has various animal prints, a special box and custom tissue paper. “The shoe has the phrase ‘Welcome to the Zoo’ in red on the back of it,” describes Jayson. “The first time I saw that, it gave me chills. I love all of the animal prints on the shoe, along with the texture. There’s no better feeling than walking in the locker room on game day, excited to break out a new pair of PEs. And I absolutely view the PE game as a competition. We put in a lot of time to create these, and I want them to be the best they can be.”
From the “Lemonade” to the “St. Louis” PEs, Jayson’s AJXXXIV PEs are personal. When he’s not training or competing, Jayson says that he’s watching movies, listening to music, collecting art and continuing the “taco night” tradition that inspired the “Taco Jay” PE. “It’s not so much one ‘taco night’ as it is ‘tacos throughout the week,’” explains Jayson. “Ever since I was a kid, I loved my mama’s tacos, there’s nothing better. She would tell you that I eat tacos at least three days a week, maybe even four days.”
The AJXXXIV “Zoo” is another example of Jayson’s love for his family and fatherhood. “Family is the most important thing in my life,” he says. “And I love being a father. Fatherhood has changed my life for the better, even at such a young age. I believe everything happens for a reason, and Deuce was brought into my life to make me a better man.”
Air Jordan XXXIV “Taco Jay” PE
3/10/20: The Air Jordan XXXIV “Taco Jay” PE is inspired by Jayson’s love of tacos and eating them with his family after games.
Air Jordan XXXIV “International Women’s Day” PE
3/8/20: The Air Jordan XXXIV “International Women’s Day” PE has multiple colors honoring the women in Jayson’s life.
Air Jordan XXXIV “St. Louis” PE
2/21/20: The Air Jordan XXXIV “St. Louis” PE is inspired by Jayson’s hometown.
Air Jordan XXXIV “All Star Weekend” PE
2/15/20: The Air Jordan XXXIV “All Star Weekend” PE takes design cues from the Air Jordan III White / Cement Grey.
Air Jordan XXXIV “Movie Time” PE
1/22/20: The Air Jordan XXXIV “Movie Time” PE is inspired by the nickname of Jayson’s son and one of his favorite movies.
Air Jordan XXXIV “Wrapping Paper” PE
12/25/19: The red and green Air Jordan XXXIV “Wrapping Paper” PE is inspired by holiday gifting and festivities.
Air Jordan XXXIV “Winners” PE
12/18/19: The Air Jordan XXXIV “Winners” PE reflects Jayson’s love for his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. The sockliner reads STO.
Air Jordan XXXIV “Ghost Green” PE
12/9/19: The glow-in-the-dark Air Jordan XXXIV “Ghost Green” PE has a wavy, technical graphic on the upper and team colors throughout the shoe.
Air Jordan XXXIV “Lemonade” PE
11/17/19: The Air Jordan XXXIV “Lemonade” PE is inspired by Jayson’s love of the beverage. It has lemons on the heel and sock liner, along with yellow and turquoise accents.
Air Jordan XXXIV “Takeout” PE
11/11/19: The Air Jordan XXXIV “Takeout” PE is inspired by one of Jayson’s favorite foods. It has a fortune cookie on the left heel, a pagoda on the right heel and other takeout packaging-inspired details.
Air Jordan XXXIV “Blue O” PE
10/30/19: The Air Jordan XXXIV “Blue O” PE has colors reminiscent of the movies Jayson watched during his childhood.
Air Jordan XXXIV “PE Green”
10/25/19: The Air Jordan XXXIV “PE Green” PE has Jayson’s team colors throughout the shoe.