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University Blues: A Look Back at Air Jordans in Tar Heel Colors

March 18th, 2014 by / 12

Michael Jordan is synonymous with the Chicago Bulls thanks to the six NBA titles he amassed in an eight year span. But he made a name for himself with pro scouts with three strong years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That tenure started off with a bang in his freshman year, with his clutch game-winner over Georgetown at the 1982 NCAA Championship, but the UNC spirit lived on in the pros as he regularly wore his UNC practice shorts under his Bulls uniform.

The ties between MJ and UNC are deep, so it’s only natural that his eponymous sneaker line, the most successful signature series in shoe history, takes on the team colors from time to time. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the combination of white and soft blue is extremely easy to wear, and that the Tar Heels look provides a softer foil to the unrelenting regression of the Bulls’ ‘Bred’. Air Jordans in North Carolina colors have been a tradition since day one, and here’s a list of all the original first run releases:

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Where the University Blue 5s at?


Surprised the University Blue 'Melo' 12's or Nubuck 12's didn't make the list.


columbia 11s & Flint 13s....can never go wrong with those...


How about the Converse Pro Leathers in the white and uni blue


Ummm.. Where are the Alpha AJ 1 mids?


Can you possibly read? It clearly says jordans not whatever brand comes to mind.


@Da_Real_Big_Infinite Hey man, we've always had good back and forths and you were able to answer the question of where that Jordan 3 came from on the history of the franchise Jordan pic so I thought I'd start with you. Can you give me a full list of the Jordan 1 OG colors and possibly a link to a series of pics? Much appreciated.


If you want to be technical Jordan Brand was not a brand until 2000 so none the shoes pre 2000 should be here. Since the article shows MJ in his UNC uni the first shoe that comes to mind is the one he wore with that uni. But whatever history comes to mind.


Their should be a link of da side of da pg of Air Jordan History... But to my knowledge theirs da Chicago 1s, banned/bred 1s, Blk/gold 1s, UNC 1s & Royal 1s as far as OG highs go... There's a couple low too version too but as far as highs I think theirs was 5


@Da_Real_Big_InfiniteI know of the following highs and don't really know jack about the lows: 

Chicago, Bred, Black Toe, Royals, white/black aka CDPs, Shadows, almost all white w/ a little grey like the lows they just had a post about, black/gold, UNC, and the 5 metallics (green/purple/orange/navy/red). I think they had some White Royals like the color-blocking of the UNCs but royal blue obviously but I'm not sure. What about the AJKO?

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