Court Purple/Black-Sail Violet Court/Cole/Noir
When it released in 1985, the Air Jordan I challenged all prior signature shoe conventions. The colors (some not-so-rules friendly), the swagger, the athlete — it all contributed to a seismic shift for Nike and for the athletic footwear industry at large. In the years following its debut, the Air Jordan I also took on an unintended legacy, that of iconic skateboard shoe.
The silhouette’s high collar and Air cushioning were well-suited for the era's Vert skaters. Its color range also attracted a group of skateboarders who were helping to define street skating. A cameo video appearance on the feet of Lance Mountain in 1987 more or less solidified the Air Jordan I as a skate classic. And from then, even when it wasn’t the shoe being worn, it was often the shoe that inspired what was being made.
The collection is highlighted by a collaborative effort with Nike SB on two Air Jordan I highs that pay homage to important locales in the respective histories of Jordan Brand and skateboarding — Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Both of the Air Jordan I x Nike SB colorways are designed to age beautifully and reveal a gorgeous underlay with consistent use.