Needless to say, Chicago holds a special place in the heart of Michael Jordan. As the return of the OG Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High nears, a shout out to the city was in order, and it comes in the form of a classic Bulls color scheme. Profiled in the detailed images below, red, black and off-white each take their place on the canvas upper of the vintage-style kick. See the shoe for yourself in the shots below, and mark your calendar for the “Chicago” AJKO release this Saturday, March 15 for $140.
Air Jordan 1
Nike, a brand that at the time was having a hard time breaking into the basketball market, saw the potential in Michael Jordan as a player as well as a marketing icon and was immediately signed. The first signature shoe from Nike and Michael Jordan, the Air Jordan 1 released in 1985 Jordan's rookie season in the NBA. With the help of the Air Jordan 1, Michael Jordan had an amazing rookie year. Jordan earned a spot on the All-Star team, finished third in scoring (28.2 ppg), brought back the Bulls back to the playoffs, and not surprisingly was Rookie of the Year.
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After a year marked by Air Jordan 1 releases, Jordan Brand revives the silhouette in rare Retro KO form, starting with the “Chicago” as the first to be officially unveiled. Drawing from the model’s original construction, the shoe’s canvas upper is paired up with a sole borrowed from the Nike Vandal, taking it back to an ’85 aesthetic. Mirroring the “Chicago” Jordan 1, white and red dominate the kick’s upper regions, with help from black on the side Swooshes and laces, leaving red to cover the outsole. This year’s first installment of the AJKO is set to land at Jordan retailers this Saturday, March 15 for $140, so until then, check out the photos below and feel free to leave your comments in the appropriate section.
Before the “Last Shot” there was the “First Shot.” As only a freshman in 1982, MJ got on to his game-winning ways early by knocking down a jumper to defeat Georgetown in the NCAA National Championship Game. The Air Jordan 1 KO “Rivalry” Pack celebrates the moment and the two Jordan Brand schools, dressing the canvas kicks in Tar Heel and Hoya Hues. Get a detailed look at these collegiate colorways of the AJKO below via Hypebeast and stay tuned to Nice Kicks for release date information.
The Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago” is coming back. Last released four years ago with an aged midsole, the canvas kicks are returning in super clean fashion. White, red and black round out this rendition, baring Swoosh, Wings and Nike Air branding. A leather collar provides contrast on the upper, capping off the “Chicago” colorway. Get a preview of this AJKO via Wish ATL and look for these to launch at select Jordan Brand accounts nationwide this Saturday.
Nike’s skateboarding department and Michael Jordan’s personal brand have merged to create the much-anticipated Nike SB x Air Jordan 1. Paying homage to the longtime relationship between the two, the first rendition of the mashup is designed by multimedia artist Craig Stecyk. Coming in a green and black colorway that features a chroma-like finish, the inaugural SB Air Jordan 1 contains detailing in the form of a black and white polka dot print around the ankle collar and tongue. Stecyk’s signature tribal visual print adds another element, stamping “AJ One SB” on the heels and inner lining. Get a closer look at the collaborative production between two different cultures below, and prepare for these to drop in on March 15th at select Nike SB and Air Jordan dealers.
Titled “Let Me Be Great,” a new painting by Shannon Favia depicts the famous Air Jordan 1, but much more. Inspired by Charles Barkley’s interview with Barack Obama that celebrated cultural icons from Michael Jordan to Michael Sam, Favia features the saying “See it. Believe it” beside the soaring sneaker. Check out detailed photos of the painting below and follow @Shannon_Favia on IG to see more of her work.
Both rebels of the 1980s, Michael Jordan’s shoes and skateboarding culture collide to create the Nike SB x Air Jordan 1. MJ’s first signature made waves when it was banned from the NBA, giving the model an oppositional image that lines up with the vibes of skating. The two entities officially came together when famous skaters started donning the silhouette on the ramps in the late ’80s, appreciating its supportive ankle height and Nike Air cushioning. This mashup that has been a longtime coming is inaugurated in a green and black colorway that was designed by multimedia artist Craig Stecyk, who brought his signature tribal visual identity to the model with “AJ One SB” tonally scribed on the heel and insoles. Three renditions of the Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 will be released, with this first style code from Craig Stecyk kicking it off on March 15th. Tell us your thoughts on this collaboration in the comment section below, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for much more from the Nike SB x AJ 1.
The classic Black/Red 1s take a dip in the water with the Air Jordan 1 “Genuine Shark+Crocodile” Custom. Another JBF Customs exclusive, this installment pairs genuine shark in black with red suede crocodile accents. This pair serves as a launching pad for five custom order slots opening this Friday, with prices starting at $1,000 a pair. Check out photos of the Air Jordan 1 “Genuine Shark+Crocodile” Custom below and follow @JBFCustoms on Twitter and Instagram for all order inquiries.