January 5, 2011 BY John Kim
Air Jordan Retros have been keeping Jordan Brand on top of the game, but retro-inspired designs deserve some love too. Shoes like the Air Jordan 16.5, Air Jordan Icons, and even the recently released Jordan Evolution ’85 are more highly regarded for their performance and comfort rather than the lifestyle appeal, but there was once an era when the Air Jordan was nothing more than a basketball shoe. The all new Jordan Hardcourt Classic 1 will likely fall in the category of shoes appreciated for their build and not beauty, but for the older Jordan fans who remember the first few Team Jordan releases of the late 90’s, the Hardcourt Classic 1 might see a warmer embrace. The Hardcourt Classic 1 is a twist on the original Jordan Team 1 from 1997; visible Air along the midsole, a combination of synthetic leather and nubuck, and an throwback tongue tag are just some of the elements of this new release. Finishline just made available the Black/White-Metallic Silver colorway so take another look after the jump.