Michael Jordan’s First Sneakers From 1985 Get a Modern Flyknit Makeover

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Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan (right) fights for the ball with New Jersey Nets' Michael Ray Richardson during a 1985 NBA game.
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The Air Jordan 1, Michael Jordan’s first signature sneaker, has been around since 1985 and seen countless makeovers and updates. The traditionally leather kicks have been covered in rich suedes, deconstructed à la the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star and even dipped in gold — and that’s just to name a few. One design element that has surprisingly yet to grace the Air Jordan 1 is Nike’s proprietary Flyknit technology, but that’s set to change in the near future.

The model’s iconic black and red “Banned” colorway will soon receive a modernized Flyknit makeover, with the Swoosh’s signature knit material covering the entirety of the sneaker’s upper, except for the Swoosh logo and Air Jordan Wings branding.

Air Jordan 1 Flyknit Banned Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” lateral. Fastpass.cn

The wavy, textured knit mimics the panels of the original Air Jordan 1 and adds premium touches, such as waxed cotton laces and a leather insole. This updated style also carries over the original branding from the 1985 sneaker, including Nike Air branding at the tongue — a favorite detail among enthusiasts.

The intricately knitted Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” is expected to arrive Sept. 9 for a retail price of $180 from select Jordan Brand retailers worldwide.

Air Jordan 1 Flyknit Banned Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” toe detail. Fastpass.cn
Air Jordan 1 Flyknit Banned Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” heel. Fastpass.cn
Air Jordan 1 Flyknit Banned Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” medial. Fastpass.cn
Air Jordan 1 Flyknit Banned Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” tongue detail. Fastpass.cn
Air Jordan 1 Flyknit Banned Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” Wings logo. Fastpass.cn
Air Jordan 1 Flyknit Banned Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” back of tongue. Fastpass.cn
Air Jordan 1 Flyknit Banned Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” insole. Fastpass.cn

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