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.
- Marke: Jordan
- Artikelname: Air Jordan 1 Retro High Vachetta Tan
- Material: Leather/Synthetic
- Farbe: Black/White/Vachetta Tan
- First Michael Jordan signature shoe in luxurious design
- Durable leather upper
- Perforations for additional breathability
- Nike Air cushioning for high comfort
- Air Jordan Wings emblem on the shoe's side
- Durable rubber outsole
- Big tone on tone Jumpman on the tongue
- Vachetta tan lining for a luxurious look
In the game of basketball Michael Jordan is a god. Number 23 of the Chicago Bulls has set the bar extremely high: His six championship rings, five mvp`s, numerous scoring titles, not to mention his on-court heroics and breathtaking dunks, are the stuff legends are made of. The Jordan Brand aspires to achieve boss status as well. And it is well on its way.
In Jordan`s rookie campaign, it didn`t take the basketball world long to realize who they were dealing with. He was not only a fascinating athlete, his charismatic smile and pleasant personality cast a spell over people – Michael Jordan had perfect commercial appeal. Nike recognized that as well. The brand needed a kick-starter and got a rocket boost in Jordan.
While the Air Jordan 1 and 2 sold well – and vaulted Nike from middle of the pack to the top of the sneaker world – the Air Jordan 3 went supersonic. Thanks to new head designer Tinker Hatfield the sneaker has become a legend in its own right. The jumpman logo was introduced with the 3, as well as a visible air cushion in its sole. Experts call the 3 the best basketball sneaker ever made, even to this day. A whole line of legendary commercials starring famous director Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon („It`s gotta be the shoes“) made the hype complete.
Air Jordan – from hype to frenzy
In the 90s the hype evolved into a frenzy: Michael Jordan shattered records, was feared by opponents on the court and charmed fans off of it. MJ became more famous than the Beatles and the president combined and people went crazy over his signature sneakers. To this day, the madness continues: When a new Jordan is released – no matter if re-release, retro or special edition – fans of the Jordan Brand camp out in front of sneaker stores for days. The shoes are sold out in seconds and are later sold online for crazy rates.
The Jordan Brand has become so large that Nike decided to make it its own sub-division. In 1997 the time had come: The Air Jordan 18 was the first independent release of the Jordan Brand, the rest is history …
Jordan – a premium brand for ballers
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, from warm-ups to shooting shirts, from backpacks to snapbacks. At KICKZ you will find any Jordan article your soul desires, whether it be exclusive packages like the Spizikes, Golden Moments and Son of Mars or the latest signature sneaker by Carmelo Anthony or CP3
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