Jordan Brand has inserted itself into a various number of sporting endeavors, establishing a palpable presence in football, baseball, and even golf. It’s dabbled in the high-octane world of car racing with Jordan Motorsports, while outfitting some of the toughest SOBs in the boxing ring. Today, Jordan Brand officially announces its collaboration with street BMX figure Nigel Sylvester of Queens, New York while introducing a special edition Air Jordan 1 designed by the man himself. This sail, red, black, and silver iteration of the Air Jordan 1 features hand-drawn markings around the shoe that denote specific zones of wear and tear that occur during the process of mastering a trick. Additionally, the medial Swoosh features reflective material for higher visibility on the NYC streets. Finally, the shoes and the box feature “Jordan Biking Co., Est. 2017”, a nod to the genesis of this project.
Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
Release Date: August 22nd, 2018
Color: Sail/White-Varsity Red-Reflect Silver
Style Code: BV1803-106
Inspired by the recent released Parra x Nike Air Max 1 is Mache Customs’ latest design, which blends that collaboration with Virgil Abloh’s “UNC” Off-White x Air Jordan 1.
Representing the best of both worlds. This Parra x Off-White x Air Jordan 1 Custom comes dressed in runners design, along with University Blue branding and accents featured on the Air Jordan 1.
Jazz it up…
Traction – This is how you pull off a storytelling traction surface. The entire design is based on MJ’s love for Golf and instead of using some random pattern they went with herringbone – which worked really well. They used contrasting colors to add additional effects without sacrificing coverage. Now, I will say that the traction wasn’t perfect but it was pretty damn close. Only time I had an issue was during certain movements where the shoe flexed at a point where the traction wasn’t in contact with the floor so I had slight slippage but that didn’t happen often so it was nothing crazy… very minor and its the only thing I experienced that I could nit-pick on.
Cushion – This air jordan 17 shoes was built for an aging MJ that required quite a bit of support in order for his knees to hold up on-court. There was a blow molded Air unit in place at the heel – I still don’t know the difference between blow molded Air units vs a regular one – which was housed within a giant TPU (plastic) cage. The entire heel area reminded me a lot of caged Zoom Air but firmer. Was it incredibly uncomfortable? No, but it wasn’t what I’ve been used to with previous Air setups. However, forefoot cushion was fantastic. Zoom Air is placed at the forefoot and the entire forefoot section of the shoe is built traditionally with a Phylon footbed which happens to be double lasted. Its a really interesting way to construct a shoe where you have incredible support with adequate cushion.
Material – I love the materials used on this 2008 CDP version and especially the originals which featured buttery leather uppers. This pair utilizes a nice nubuck at the heel and forefoot. This has its strong points and weak points. Its strength is its fit and feel along with the minimal break-in time required. As for the weakness… its just not as durable as leather overall but again… that’s me nitpicking since the materials are really nice in general. There is a section of woven material – identical to what was used on the LeBron 9’s support wings – at the midfoot that offers great fit and its the most durable section of the upper. My favorite material used is located at the collar… the Neoprene lining is so comfortable it makes all other collars seem inferior.
Fit – They fit true to size and lockdown for me was near perfect. Only gripe is that I had to lace them all the way to the top eyelet and I usually leave one or two free so I have better range of motion for my ankles. I couldn’t do that with these since every time I tried my heel would flop in and out of the shoe a bit but once laced them up the way they were intended then they were perfectly fine. The midfoot lockdown was fantastic and you even have additional lacing options if you wish with the Shroud’s ‘eyelet’ system for a more snug fit. We also have a squared toe again so that area of the shoe is very comfortable while stoping and changing direction without jamming any toes.
Support – As mentioned earlier, this shoe was designed for an aging MJ that needed more support than his past models provided. The TPU heel, lacing system and Carbon Fiber plate running throughout the entire outsole provided some of the best support I’ve had in any Air Jordan 1 to date… almost topping the XX8. Only reason why I’d personally choose the XX8 over these is due to the fact that they offer support that wont restrict my movement at all while these are a bit more restrictive overall.
Overall – This was probably the one shoe – besides the kd 11 – that I was looking forward to wearing the least. I don’t know why… I’ve just never been entirely enthusiastic about the model in general. After playing in them they’ve actually surpassed my initial impression and are among the top performance models featured within the Air Jordan Legacy. This is definitely one model that I’d love to see get the Retro treatment as they are 100% playable even by today’s standards. Truly an innovative sneaker that was ahead of its time.
Kawhi Leonard has been spotted wearing various exclusives which includes the Gold Air Jordan 5, Gold Air Jordan 11 and Gold Air Jordan 12. Recently he was seen wearing the Gold Air Jordan 1.
Looking closer at this flashy and luxurious Air Jordan 1, we cans that Jordan Brand applied Metallic Gold across the uppers while Blue lands on the Wings logo and laces. Completing the look we have White running across the midsole along with a translucent outsole.
Below you can check out another image of the Gold Air Jordan 1. More than likely this pair won’t release to the public but let us know in the comments section if you think Jordan Brand should release them. Make sure to check back with us for more exclusives.
Jordan Brand will release a new Air Jordan 3 for Independence Day which will feature a USA theme and will release just before July 4th.
This upcoming Air Jordan 3 will come dressed in a Sail, Sport Royal and Fire Red color combination. Currently images have yet to leak, however they are expected to have predominate Sail across the base while a mixture of Sport Royal and Fire Red is displayed throughout.
Air Jordan 3
Sail/Sport Royal-Fire Red
June 30, 2018
The Air Jordan 3 AS NRG ‘Clear Sole’ will finally release which will take place during the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend. Originally this pair was a sample which was produced during the early 2000s.
This Air Jordan 3 comes dressed in a White, Fire Red, Cement Grey and Black color combination which overall resembles the iconic ‘White Cement’ release. In addition this pair will also feature special graphics which pays tribute to the 30th Anniversary of Michael Jordan’s win of the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Other highlights includes Nike Air branding on the heel and a clear translucent outsole.
Jordan Brand will have a massive Air Jordan 1 lineup for 2018. One of the upcoming releases will be the Air Jordan 1 ‘Hyper Royal’ that will debut in July.
This Air Jordan 1 will feature a Hyper Royal and Sail color combination. Although images have yet to leak, they are expected to feature Hyper Royal on the overlays while Sail is applied to the base, around the heel and Nike Swoosh on the panels. Finishing the look is Hyper Royal Blue on the outsole.
Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
July 7, 2018
Two of the more popular and well-known Air Jordan 12s to release was the “Cherry” and “Playoffs” colorways.
Worn by Michael Jordan throughout the 1996-97 NBA regular season. This Air Jordan 12 came dressed in the beloved original White and Red color scheme.
During the home games of the 1997 NBA Playoffs, Micheal Jordan debuted the original “Playoffs” colorway of the Air Jordan 12 dressed in a simple Black and White color scheme.
Looking back at both, which pair would you consider was a better release? Cast your vote below and leave your thoughts in the comments section.