For years, the masses have been told that the Air Jordan 1 was the silhouette that his Airness wore in a black and red colorway that led to being eventually banned by the league. The “Banned” colorway and history is at the core of what Jordan Brand stands for in reaching new heights by whatever means. It wasn’t until this year, however, where the truth behind the “Banned” narrative was told in full by the brand.
The Nike Air Ship, not the Air Jordan 1, was the original banned model in its black and red colorway. At the beginning of 2020, Jordan Brand retroed the Air Ship and the Air Jordan 1 together during All-Star Weekend with its “New Beginnings” pack. Nearly half a year later, the OG returned.
The Nike Air Ship “Banned” released via a global raffle thanks to the Italian boutique Back-Door with a Europre-only release as winners will be contacted by August 7.
While there’s no official indication of the colorway releasing this year, official images have surfaced indicating that perhaps a wider release is imminent. Take a look at the pair below as we hope the pair arrives to SNKRS and retailers before the year ends.