The Jordan Retro 1 sneakers are arguably the most iconic shoes, ever. The first pair of Air Jordan 1’s released in 1985, kicked off a legacy within sneaker culture. Sitting down, and creating a list of the best Jordan 1’s of all time is a painful process. How do you pick your favorite children?
However, here are a few of the Air Jordan 1’s that I believe belong in your closet.
Fragment x Air Jordan 1 High OG
In regards to the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan 1’s, Jordan brand decided to collaborate with Japanese designer -Hiroshi Fujiwara and create one of the most highly anticipated shoes of the decade. They originally released in December of 2014, with a retail price of $165. You can now find them on the secondary markets for prices ranging from $3,000-$4,000. The fragment design fuses two of the silhouette’s original concepts in one superb collaboration. You might want to consider letting these stay in your closet.
Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG ‘UNC’
The UNC Air Jordan 1’s were featured in a 2015 Nike Holiday pack. The blue and white color palette pays tribute to Michael Jordan's playing days at the University of North Carolina where he won the 1982 NCAA National Championship as a freshman making it an instant classic.
Air Jordan 1 High OG TS SP “Travis Scott”
The Travis Scott x Jordan is an iconic silhouette that features a major twist. The backward Nike swoosh sign makes it instantly recognizable and shoe like no other. Each pair is also completed with Travis’ Scott signature “Cactus Jack” embossed on the heels and on the right insole. The Travis Scott 1’s had a special release on February 10th, 2019 during his performance at the Grammys, along with another limited release on April 26th, 2019. We believe this is be one of the best, most hyped, most coveted collaborations that Jordan released that decade.
Air Jordan 1 Retro HI NRG / UN “Union – Storm Blue”
The Union x Air Jordan 1 “Storm Blue" was one of the two special edition products from Michael Jordan’s Los Angeles men’s boutique. Better known as the "Union Blue 1’s" have a cut and paste theme, which ties into a vintage look. A UN/LA tag is added to complete the signature concept of the Union 1’s. The Union Blue 1’s were released in limited quantities in November of 2018. As a result, these will probably be one of the most exclusive shoes in your closet.
Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG ‘Banned’
The Air Jordan Banned 1’s are born from a one-of-a-kind story. Michael Jordan was issued a $5,000 per game fine by the NBA for wearing these in-game, because they did not include white, which was required because of the Chicago Bulls official team colors. Nike used this as a marketing strategy to introduce a campaign known as ‘Banned.’ And, the rest is living history. This sneaker was retro'ed in 1994, 2011, 2013, and 2016. The 2011 edition has an X on the heel, which pays homage to ‘Banned’, name. As far as retros, these might be the most storied sneakers in your closet.
Each Jordan retro tells a story that makes them special. And, we expect the feedback that we left some hella good sneakers off this list. All that said, the Air Jordan 1’s as a total collection are more than their individual shoes. The Air Jordan 1's all signify greatness from the greatest basketball player to ever play. So, whatever your favorite or whatever your choice, take peace of mind knowing Air Jordan 1’s are the most incredible sneakers that deserve to be in your closet.
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