The Air Jordan 1 KO has gone from OG cult classic to regularly retroed release. Composed of canvas (typically), the story, name and function of the original AJKO have always been somewhat of a mystery. Yes, pairs were made in '80s, yes, they differ in shape and tagging from that of the inline 1s, and yes, that's about all we know for certain.
Does the KO stand for knock out? Were they made for boxing or were they still made for basketball? Regardless of the OG AJKO's title definition or intended sport, the shoe has become a modern favorite for casual wear. Generally speaking, they're easier to get than the leather, high top retros. They pack their own unique, original flair and beat up better than most retros. As the "Sport Royal" KOs prepare to launch this weekend, we take a look back at all the pairs that have hit so far.
Will there be another "Royal" Air Jordan 1 re-stock? It appears that time has passed. Less of a take-down and more of a revamp, the Air Jordan 1 KO “Sport Blue” relies on similar shades and color blocking, only slightly shifting the shape and composition. Canvas construction adheres to a rounder silo, amplified by the sum of minor modifications to the midsole and paneling. Artsier than the original but still reliant on the same iconic detailing, survey our images of the Air Jordan 1 KO "Sport Blue" in the photos below to decide if you'll pick up a pair.
Inspired by the ever popular "Royal" 1s, the Air Jordan 1 KO "Sport Blue" sees the shoe shifting composition and colorway name. Canvas covers this AJ1 iteration, making the most of black and sport blue blocking. A white midsole caps off this KO makeup, once again resembling the "Royal" favorites. Look for the Air Jordan 1 KO "Sport Blue" to hit select Jordan Brand accounts on August 23rd.
The Black/Royal Air Jordan 1 proved to be one of the most sought after Air Jordan retros of 2013, and the newly previewed Air Jordan 1 KO "Royal" will surely cause a similar stir. Thanks to Jordan Flight Club members @deadstocknyc and @andyoliverwpg, we have our first look at the fall AJKO. Is this upcoming release now firmly on your radar when it comes to 2014 kicks you must cop? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more details.