Known for heroics on-court and for its breakthrough in the fashion scene, the AJ1 is the first signature sneaker of any professional basketball player to be acknowledged as fashionable. And the Jordan Brand is at fault for it! Why would you release so many successful variations and colorways? Ironically, that wasn't even the goal to begin with. Michael Jordan's unique basketball skillset and success made him a worldwide known superstar and ambassador. Therefore everybody wanted to be like him – and the only way to accomplish that is by buying one of his shoes. Let's be realistic, getting on his level basketball-wise just won't happen for anybody soon. Nevertheless, the AIR JORDAN 1 RETRO HIGH VACHETTA TAN is next in line and impresses with its luxurious design. Thanks to an ultra-clean upper made out of leather and nubuck, an elevated comfort in style is ensured. Combined with numerous perforations, a marvelous breathability is enabled – therefore maximizing the already mentioned comfortability. While looking at the optical aspect of the shoe, a few things come into mind: the black upper harmonizes perfectly with the slightly darker laces. The perforations are purposefully placed, enhancing the shoe's aesthetic. But the highlight, as the sneaker's name already suggests, is the inner lining in Vachetta Tan. Perfectly going with the black exterior, the contrast takes the main role in this spectacle. A big tone on tone Jumpman and an iconic 'Wings' emblem on the shoe's side put the finishing touches on the first Jordan signature shoe. Continuing to write history, it seems.
When the Air Jordan 1 first appeared on the scene way back in 1985, few knew that history had been written at that point. Basketball sneakers, lifestyle sneakers or even sports shoes in general – you name it. Everyone associated with the sneaker game definitely felt that release. Michael's first signature shoe caused a stir and the hype was real! Even though it wasn't the shoe which got banned from wearing because of its color scheme, Nike made sure to make it look that way. Their commercials were responsible for that and their business as well as Jordan's cult status started booming. He certainly didn't get off a slow start, making the All-Star team and being named the Rookie Of The Year in his first season. Scoring 63 points on the Celtics in 1986 was one hell of a accomplishment – and MJ did that in style, lacing up his AJ1 one year after their worldwide release. The self-designed Wings emblem with the «Air Jordan» writing on the shoe's side adds an aesthetic feature, while the notorious Jumpman logo debuted on MJ's first signature shoe as well. By the way, the logo is based on the commercial for the shoe itself – with Air Jordan rising to the basket and finishing it iconicly.