For one of its biggest fans, the Jordan Brand NRG design team opened its clandestine quarters and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Millad Mesriani, an avid Air Jordan fanatic and cancer survivor, got the opportunity to design a one-of-one pair of Air Jordan 1s to commemorate his battle against a disease that could not stand up to his resiliency. Through the Make-A-Wish foundation, Mesriani began his design journey two years ago, and today it culminated with a first look at a jaw-dropping design that features black leather, reflective white panels, and a glossy royal blue Swoosh and ankle. Golden hangtags appear in the form of a Jumpman and a giant sword, with the latter being pressed into the leather on the heel. Mesriani calls the shoes “a symbol of my fight”, and now he’ll be able to remember his quest for the rest of the life. See a closer look at the shoes below, and check out Millad’s personal message regarding the shoes below.
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Idk where to start. About 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with a cancer that had never been seen before. Throughout all the physical and emotional suffering, the last thing I wanted was for strangers to feel bad for me just by looking at me. Instead of hiding my bald head under a beanie, I embraced it. I found confidence through my sense of style. As long as I had my new Jordan’s on, everything would be okay. Sneakers and fashion became a way for me to escape the reality of cancer. Now fast forward a few years, I have my own pair of Air Jordan 1s that have never been seen before… This is much more than just a sneaker. To me, this is a symbol of my fight. These sneakers are the literal light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you so much to everyone at Jordan brand for making this happen. Designing this Air Jordan 1 with the NRG team in Beaverton was by far the best experience of my life. You guys have treated me like family and I can’t thank you guys enough. The shoe turned out greater than I ever imagined. I am so grateful for everyone at Make-A-Wish foundation for making any of this possible. Thanks for making my dream and thousands of other dreams come true every year 💙