When it comes to basketball players and their shoes, none are as famous as Michael Jordan and arguably, his debut signature shoe, the Air Jordan 1. This model was thee game-changer for basketball and sneaker culture.
His Airness stepped onto the hardwood with them, got fined $5,000 for violating the strict NBA dress code, and Nike paid each and every one of these fines to create one of the most memorable marketing campaigns ever. This silhouette eventually got banned, and Nike decided to take things a step further by creating this simple yet effective commercial:
Unfortunately, this is not the Air Jordan 1. This is the casual cousin of the Air Jordan 1, the Air Jordan 1 High KO. Last released in this “Chicago” colorway back in 2010, this differs from the original leather AJ1s with a canvas upper and a special AJKO Jordan Wing logo. You’ll also notice a lack of red on the heel and simpler sole design. Much to the delight of old school Jordan lovers, this rendition drops the yellowed, vintage-like sole of the previous release, and incorporates the OG Nike branding on the tongue, outsole, and packaging.
If you’ve been wondering what the “KO” stands for, good luck because apparently nobody really knows. What we do know is that in what was thought to be MJ’s last appearance at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City against the New York Knicks, he brought out a fresh pair of white, red, and black Air Jordan 1s and what ensued was as beautiful as the shoes. Do yourself right, scoop up a pair, and let your feet speak to one of the greatest players and shoes of all time.