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.
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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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.
The Air Jordan 1 isn’t taking a break in 2014, it’s just changing lanes. Long loved off the court and on the board, the Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 sees the hardwood classic making its formal skateboarding debut. While information and imagery is slim at the moment, we do see what looks like a Black/White high top makeup in a new upload from Nike SB on Instagram. Let us know your if you’re excited for the Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 and look for these to launch on March 15th.
The AJ10 meets the AJ1 on the Air Jordan 1 ’94. Checkered lining, themed tongue and striped sole play to the mid-90s model, while a sleek build and Swooshed sidewall are that of the original. A “Venom Green” colorway carries the same code as this weekend’s other retro releases, relying on a black leather base and bright accents on the Wings logo, lining, laces and outsole. Check out detailed photos of the Air Jordan 1 ’94 “Venom Green” in the gallery above and look for these to launch on March 1st at the Nice Kicks Shop in Austin, TX.
Italian soccer star Marco Materazzi is a force on his own field, but also a fan of the best in another arena. An avid adorer of Michael Jordan, the G.O.A.T. has inspired his own athletic greatness, his jersey number, his tattoos, his wedding date and his son’s birthday. MJ has also inspired his interest in footwear and his latest foray, the Nike Tiempo ’94 “Air Jordan 1″ Pack. Set to launch on February 23rd online at Nike and at his own shop, Space23, the classic soccer kicks draw color blocking from the instantly iconic OG AJ series. Mark your calendar for the Nike Tiempo ’94 launch at the said spots this Sunday, followed by select Nike Sportswear accounts worldwide on March 1st.