Ever since the Air Jordan 1 dropped back in 1985, people found an alternate use for the shoe that didn’t involve a basketball court. Back in the ’80s, skateboarders discovered that the Jordan sneaker was perfect for skating. With its leather construction the shoe was durable and could take a beating, the thin sole provided skaters with a good feel of the board, and a padded collar which offered a lot of support. When Peter Moore designed the Jordan 1, skateboarding was probably the last thing he was thinking the shoe would be used for. But over the years skaters have fallen in love with the Jordan 1. Back in 2014, Jordan Brand collaborated with skater Lance Mountain and they brought the first Jordan skate shoe to life with three different colorways of the Nike SB x Air Jordan 1.
What made the Lance Mountain Jordan 1’s so special was that one pair was made up of a Jordan 1 ‘Bred’ for the right shoe and Jordan 1 ‘Royal’ for the lift and vice versa depending on which paint color you got. One pair featured an all white paint upper on both shoes and the other set featured an all black paint upper that would wear away as you skated in them or beat them up over time. This was the first time the sneaker world had seen anything like this and sneaker heads went crazy over it.
Now, Jordan Brand and Nike SB are dropping another sneaker that has that lance mountain esque quality of revealing the colorway under a top layer of paint. In its fresh out of the box state, the sneaker’s leather construction is covered in Black, White and Light Bone paint, but when worn, the Black on the Swooshes and heel collar reveals a Bright Crimson color, while the Grey leather on the upper unveils a complimenting Light Pink color. Depending on if you want the paint to wear away naturally, or you customize it yourself, the possibilities of what your pair will look like are endless.
Grab your pair of the Nike SB x Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG ‘NYC to Paris’ on May 25th at Finishline.com. Raffle winners may pick up their pair from the store they picked for the reservation on Saturday.