The Air Jordan Alpha 1 was created to further the legacy of the one that started it all: the Air Jordan 1. While the styling of the AJ1 holds up to this day, its performance features do not. This led Jordan Brand to reengineer the sneaker with modern Zoom Air cushioning and a synthetic upper.
Dwyane Wade, Quentin Richardson and Ray Allen introduced this sneaker on the court on Christmas Day of 2009. Wade played in the classic “Bred” colorway that was banned on the original Air Jordan 1. NikeiD customization was also made available after its initial release, and an outdoor version came out the following summer.