Michael Jordan’s first signature shoe will re-release this weekend, with all the classic tooling from the original 1985 sneaker.
The upper on the Air Jordan 1 Retro High “Banned” features a mix between premium and synthetic leather. Staying true to the OG version, the upcoming sneaker comes in the iconic Black and Varsity Red colorway. The toe, liner and quarter panel of the sneaker is in Black. The heel, quarter toe box and Nike swoosh is in Varsity Red.
“This is one of the better quality leather uppers we have seen on an Air Jordan 1 in recent memory,” said sneaker junkie Jacques Slade. “For most people, the leather on the Air Jordan 1 ‘Shattered Backboard’ is the gold standard for leather quality. On the ‘Banned’ pair they used tumbled leather on the Nike swoosh. Other than that, everything else is exactly the same.”
Slade added that the latest iteration of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High “Banned” contains a hidden message on its inner sleeve. Owners might be wondering what the code “841018” on the medial collar means. He said it is actually the date October 18, 1984. That was when Michael Jordan first wore a pair of black and red sneaker in an NBA game.
The NBA then sent a memo to Nike on February 25, 1985 stating that Jordan had violated league rules by wearing the shoe a few months back. During those times, NBA players were prohibited from wearing shoes that did not match their uniforms as well as the shoes worn by their teammates.
Jordan would be fined $5,000 per game if he continued to violate the uniformity rule. Still, His Airness continued to rock the black and red sneaker on court.
Nike was the one who shouldered the tab. It was a good business move for the upstart shoe company as the controversy surrounding the sneaker only drove sales to exponential levels, as per Mental Floss.
The Air Jordan 1 Retro High “Banned” will hit online stores on Saturday, September 3. Men’s sizes will be available on SNKRS while Kid’s sizes will be offered on Nike.com. Prices range from $120 to $160.