One of the more unexpected developments during Jordan Brand’s 30th Anniversary celebration has been their inclination to bring a number of early samples to retail. There was the Air Jordan 5 “Pre-Grape” that was an early colorway option back in 1990 before it was eventually scrapped en lieu of the Hornets inspired affair, and now there’s this Air Jordan 1.5 hybrid. The shoe was actually worn in-game by Jordan, as his Air Jordan 1 upper donned a tradition Chicago colorway but mixed up a few things. The back story remains a bit murky – this shoe wasn’t created to house Jordan’s swollen foot during his injury riddled second season, but instead this could have been an early wear-test sample from his rookie season to test out the specifics on the Air Jordan 2 outsole before the shoe was unveiled.
You’ll notice that the brand is even bringing back the alternate Wings logo featuring Nike branding instead of the Air Jordan callout. It’s an interesting move by Jordan – one that can either signal they’re running out of ideas for their retro line or are digging even deeper into their archive to give us a crack at owning some rarities in the Jordan lineage. But will this pair win you over considering the actual Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG is releasing at retailers later this month? We’re guessing that this Air Jordan 1.5 is pre-destined to a similar fate as the Air Jordan 1 KO. They’ll never be the originals, but are a nice substitute if you miss out on the true OGs. Check out more photos below.