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Air Jordan 1 Athletic Shoes for Men

Nike Air Jordan shoes are now ubiquitous, but that was not always the case. The first in the line, the Nike Air Jordan 1, was a groundbreaker in many ways. Released in 1985, it was one of the first basketball shoes made by Nike, a company that at the time was better known for its running shoes. It was also Michael Jordan's first sneaker endorsement as well as the first line of shoes named after a basketball player.


Designed by Peter Moore, the original Air Jordan 1 was released to the market from 1985 to 1986. It was then reintroduced, or 'retro-ed', in 1994, from 2001 to 2004 and lastly from 2007 to 2017. All earlier models featured the 'Wings' logo on the ankle collar, a feature that was replaced with the words 'Air Jordan' in 2016.


The Air Jordan 1 broke away from the conventional colours of the time for basketball shoes. While most existing shoes were white, the first Air Jordan 1 colourway featured large swathes of red and black. This led to it being banned on court for not meeting uniform guidelines, thereby inadvertently helping publicise the brand. Nike then designed different colourways, such as the 'Chicago' and 'Black Toe' versions, featuring more white to meet uniform requirements. Moreover, Air Jordan 1 shoes often came with two sets of laces to match the colour combination of the shoes.

Other Features

The Air Jordan line evolved quickly, so the original has some features that stand out. Besides the lack of the Jumpman logo, this version is also the only one to feature Nike's Swoosh logo on the upper. It also featured the Wings logo—a ball with wings on either side—with the words 'Air Jordan' printed over the ball. This logo was replaced in the Air Jordan 3. By the time the Air Jordan 5 was released, the line had a completely new look.


The Air Jordan brand has remained a success and has now gone through over 30 versions. Several of the iconic earlier versions, such as the Air Jordan 3, have been reintroduced in different colourways numerous times.

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