New Air Jordan 1 Player Exclusive From Michael’s Rookie Season

The spring release of the Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” ended up being a bit of a fiasco. It was canceled by Nike.com because of the foresight that “bots” and resellers would capitalize on the sought-after sneaker becoming available via their website, resulting in them canceling the online release at the last minute. This left a lot of fans of the brand disheartened, but Nike assured Jordan Heads that the shoe would be released later this year to appease those that weren’t able to snag a pair.

For those that don’t want to wait until the end of the summer to get their hands on a pair, another version of the “Chicago” Air Jordan 1 is being released this month. Slated for a July 25 drop, this OG Jordan home colorway is a bit different, a previous player-exclusive for his “Airness,” with an interesting backstory.

When the Jordan 1 hit the hardwood in the ’80s, Nike experimented with the shoe and its materials. Seeking to master signature shoe technology, they tested a number of midsoles and outsoles to find what worked best for the newly anointed wunderkind of the roundball, Michael Jordan.

This particular version of the Air Jordan shoe features a midsole that most will recognize from the Air Jordan 2; it was originally one of three midsole and outsole combinations used for Jordan’s first signature shoe during his rookie season. In addition to the aforementioned changes, the ankle strap on the shoe also removes the original “Air Jordan” branding and replaces it with “Nike” over the iconic Jordan “Wings” logo.

These may not be for everyone or for core lovers of the original Air Jordan 1, but those looking to get their hands on a piece of Jordan and Nike history will definitely want these in their collection.

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