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King of the J's: the Jordan 1

Meet the shoe that founded a dynasty. Originally created in 1985 by ace designer Peter Moore for basketball great Michael Jordan, the Jordan 1 immediately stirred controversy with its black and red colourway that broke NBA rules. It was also rumoured to be so good on court it was almost like having an unfair advantage. More than 30 Air Jordan models have been released since then, adding up to one of the greatest success stories in the world of sneakers, but the Air Jordan 1 is where it all started.

Going Retro

When it was initially in production in the mid-80s, the Jordan 1 was a practical basketball shoe with bags of attitude. With re-releases a decade later and again in the early 2000s, it turned into a sought-after piece of the MJ legacy. These days the shoe is firmly in the fashion sneaker bracket, and it's perhaps more widely worn than ever thanks to a host of high-profile collaborations and Air Jordan 1 retro looks.

Air Jordan 1 Specs

The Air Jordan 1 has a soft, springy sole especially designed to take the sting out of tall leaps on hardwood floors. Then there's the padded collar which cradles the ankle during impacts. All of which makes it an awesome shoe from a technical standpoint. But with its blend of overlays and coloured accents, it's out of the ordinary stylistically too, giving rise to an array of style possibilities.

What Jayheads are Wearing

Fans of the Jordan retro 1 love pairing their favourite brand of sneaker with a crisp, tailored look. A lightweight alternative to boots, Air Jordan 1's bring a touch of street-informed style to a button-down shirt and jeans, sports coat and chinos, smart winterwear or even a formal suit. Hot tip: keep to blues, greys and neutral tones and leave the shoes to inject a pop of colour into your combo.

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