Storied as it is coveted, the Air Jordan 1 continues to rise in influence, sitting as one of the few silhouettes to enter the proverbial sneaker hall of fame. With the past decade marking collaborations aplenty, the MJ signature saw to the colorful expressions of Virgil Abloh, renowned streetwear label CLOT, and the ever-stylish Travis Scott. But with each their own dedicated following, the most universally loved still lies in the OG breadth — Chicago, Bred, Shadow, Royal, etc. — the most collected of such being the releases from 1985 whose shape is now coming back by way of All-Star Weekend.
Meticulous, painstaking, and likely exhaustive, the process was certainly a labor of love, the imprint stating that they’ve recreated the original stitch by stitch; even the hang tabs from its past run make a return, though with none of the original assets immortalized digitally, that, too, had be made from scratch. All of these details culminate with the “New Beginnings” pack, a namesake that hints at what’s to come down the road. Revealed many a time from the likes of Hiroshi Fujiwara as well as vintage purveyors, the pair, which includes the Air Ship in one giant package, takes on the general likeness of the cherished “Chicago” colorway and throws it through an alternate lens. White still outfits the base of the sturdy leather construction but the classic red fills in the overlays more widespread: the toe cap, eye stay, swoosh, heel wrap, and all of the above turn the silhouette into something brand new — hence the aforementioned dubbing. This is most apparent in the model’s follow-up whose likeness flips the script on the “Banned” to subtly play on its obscured appearance in photos far back.
Though we could certainly speak at length on the new shape, it’s best to be witnessed, so take a close-up look at the forthcoming Air Jordan 1 ’85s just below and expect to see a release during All-Star in February.
Air Jordan 1 Hi ’85
Release Date (Varsity Red): February 8th, 2020
Release Date (New Beginnings): February 12th, 2020
Style Code: CQ4921-601 (New Beginnings)
Style Code: BQ4422-600 (Varsity Red)