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Air Jordan 1

In 1986 an empire was born through a young Bull with a tyrannical playstyle when Nike hooked Michael Jordan up with his very first sneaker. With the creation of the Air Jodan 1, an era began that would forever change both the sport of basketball and the entire sneaker industry.

The legacy of the Air Jordan brand was cemented in the pages of basketball history with the Air Jordan I that Mike wore during his rookie season. This sneaker wasn’t revolutionary in sneaker tech, but it brought color to the NBA at a time when basketball shoes were white or black. The first colorway of the AJ I, which was black and red, was banned by the NBA. Whenever Mike wore them, the NBA fined him $5,000 per game. Nike gladly picked up the tab while they developed the “Chicago” colorway. MJ called this colorway “the devil’s colors,” but he wore them more than other colorways to rep the Bulls. In 1994 after Jordan's first retirement, the Air Jordan 1 was brought back as a retro. He wore the silhouette during his rookie season, the beginning of his second season, and during his final game with the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. 

To think the titanic combo of Nike and Jordan almost didn’t happen because MJ wanted to sign with adidas, is unreal. Jordan was adamant about wanting to sign with adidas, but they were simply not interested. The company was in a state of change, and they did not feel it was in the company's best interest to sign a rookie player in the American market. In the end, Nike made Jordan a fantastic offer, which he said made his choice so much easier considering adidas didn't show interest in him.

The Air Jordan 1 has been released in some legendary colorways such as the “Royal,” “UNC,” and “Black Toe”. However, the most memorable and most coveted is the original Black and Red colorway which garnered so much attention in 1985. This silhouette is often released in High, Mid, and Low. While the AJ 1 isn’t the best performance shoe, it is certainly a piece of basketball and sneaker history. Do yourself a favor, and cop a pair in your favorite colorway. Everyone loves a classic.