The 80s was a monumental decade. From momentous events like the first space shuttle launch in 1981 or the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, to the emerging hip hop scene, there was a lot of change happening in the world. There were also many technological advances in the 80s, like the release of the first IBM Personal Computer in 1981 and the introduction of the basic CD in 1982. The 80s also brought us Michael Jackson, Madonna, Nirvana, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros, the NES, the Atari 7800, and a whole lot more. And of course, who can forget the spandex, shoulder pads, and marvelous perms? Fashion was bright and bold in the 80s and shoes were no exception. Reebok Pumps, Doc Martens, Vans Classic Slip-ons, and Air Force 1s were all over the streets and in true throwback fashion, they’re still in style today. But no 80s fashion list is complete without Air Jordans.
History in the making
Air Jordans were first produced in 1984 by Nike for basketball legend Michael Jordan. The Nike Air Ship in red and black served as the AJ 1 prototype. The shoe was banned due to NBA’s “51 percent” rule for not having enough white in the design, so Nike and Jordan released other colorways with more white. The shoe took off from there and was on the market from 1985 to 1986. There were re-releases, also known as “retros”, throughout the years in 1994, 2001-2014, and 2007-2018. Air Jordans are classics in any sneakerhead’s closet and created a sports and cultural phenomenon that is still prevalent today.
Classic, but modern
Today, the AJ 1 still lives up to the legacy. You still get that retro feel, but with modern materials and details. The AJ 1 is labeled a basketball shoe, but why limit it to the courts? Complete any outfit with the classy, timeless look of these kicks. Featuring the universally known side-panel Nike swoosh and Jordan’s signature wings graphic, the AJ 1 is instantly recognizable. It sports a combination of smooth nubuck leather on the overlay and durable full-grain leather on the upper. You’ll get that premium feel all over as well as durability.
A perforated toe box provides breathability, which is much needed if you’re trying to shoot free throw dunks like His Airness himself. A rubber cupsole and responsive encapsulated Air-sole heel unit gives you comfort and impact protection for when you make your landing. The custom basketball traction pattern with a pivot circle provides traction and stability on any surface all day long.
Add this piece of basketball and sneaker history to your rotation and take your style to new heights. The AJ 1 is a classic sneaker that goes with any outfit and gives it a bit of character. Durable, comfortable, and stylish, rock these kicks with your sweats and tank or with a simple white tee and jeans. Stand out in the crowd when you pair them with a casual suit for extra cool points. At $110, the AJ 1 brings you just a little closer to the magic of MJ and the 80s. Buy Here