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.
During his career Michael Jordan attended countless talkshows. But there was one which stands out reasonably – David Letterman was the host's name and he was the man interviewing the then 23-year old Chicago Bull. Among other things they talked about the controversy around the Air Jordan 1. MJ's tracking suit surely was eye-catching, but questioning the 80s would be pointless now, wouldn't it? And that exact outfit turned out to be the inspiration when deciding the Air Jordan Retro High's latest colorway. Particularly special about the color variety is the midnight navy swoosh combined with a shining shoe collar made out of patent leather. On the insole a printed microphone with a big „On Air“ writing can be found – recalling the Letterman episode.