There are few sneakers as iconic as Air Jordan 1s. The classic kicks exist because Jordan didn’t want to sign with Nike as his NBA career began. His favorite shoe to play ball in during college was the classic of classic, Converse’s Chuck Taylor, but it’s no serious basketball shoe. Jordan wanted to sign with Converse, but Nike had quite the pitch. They were going to create a whole brand around him and have him be the face for the brand.
Nike’s creative director Peter C. Moore designed this legendary sneaker with some direction from Jordan. Jordan wanted to feel closer to the ground and asked for a thinner sole than what was first designed. He also wanted it to look “different” and “exciting,” something the shoes definitely accomplished. He initially hated what Moore designed and said it would make him look like a clown, but the now iconic design eventually grew on him. The shoe finally launched in 1985 at the end of MJ’s rookie year.
Since the shoe wasn’t ready yet, Jordan played in a different sneaker that shared a lot of similar design elements to the Jordan 1: Nike’s Air Ship. The world was fooled and with Jordan’s fame, everyone wanted his kicks. When the shoes finally dropped, they were sold out immediately, much like they do today. The Air Jordan 1 changed the direction of Nike forever and has become one of the most important, iconic, and historical shoe in the sneaker industry. Today, everyone knows the Air Jordan name and look.
From the courts to the fields
Now, the shoe is making its way from the courts to the fields. The Air Jordan 1s are taking on football! As the 2018-2019 NFL season drew to a close, we saw many pro football Jordan Brand athletes wearing custom and exclusive colorways of the Air Jordan cleats. There were some personalized designs added to their custom cleats, such as their initials and numbers. Now that the NFL draft is on its way, Nike has dropped the retail versions of the Air Jordan 1 TD Football Cleat for everyone to sport. They are available in both mid and low rises and come in five colorways, including four original and revered color schemes from 1985: Banned, Royal, Shadow, and White/Black.
The shoe may have the retro look and colorways, but it’s updated with contemporary features. Each Air Jordan cleat features a lightweight, breathable upper with a canvas-like feel. The shoes also have leather overlays, which mimic the classic Air Jordan 1. A Lunarlon midsole sits between the upper and solidly-constructed cleated outsole with multidirectional traction. The ½ inner sleeve gives you a much-needed snug fit.
Logos are aplenty on these kicks. If you’re sporting Jordans, the world’s gotta know. The Air Jordan logo is visible on the outer side and the bold Nike swoosh can be seen on both sides of the shoe. The iconic Jumpman logo sits atop the tongue and Lunarlon is on the midsole. The mid-rise cleats are available for $125 and the lows for $115. Buy Here