The Air Jordan 1 has exploded in popularity over the last two years, with new releases selling out instantly and past drops setting records on the after-market. As 2022 inches closer, Team Jumpman has begun teasing products prepped for the new calendar year, with a Hi ’85-version of Michael Jordan’s first signature sneaker expected to return in February via a “Georgetown” colorway.
The Hoyas’ rich blue and grey tones aren’t new to the NIKE, Inc. family of brands, having appeared on the Nike Dunk High‘s inaugural collection in 1985. Since then, the two-color arrangement has appeared on other popular silhouettes, including the Air Jordan 11 Low. It’s appearance on the latest iteration of #23’s 36-year-old silhouette, however, is particularly a treat as it harkens back to the Swoosh’s “Be True To Your School” campaign, and lands on the closest-to-the-original build of the Jordan 1 currently offered. High-quality leather throughout the upper divvy up the light grey and deep blue colors borrowed from Georgetown University, while nylon tongues deliver vintage appeal given their slightly-yellowed makeup. As was the case on the original first Air Jordan, sizing information is stamped directly on the inner collar instead of on a tag. Together, evert component helps strike the perfect balance between heritage and future ambitions.