‘Defiant’ is the perfect word to describe the lifeline of the Air Jordan 1s ever since they burst onto the scene in 1985, surviving various shoe trends from the Air Force era to the Yeezy era just to mention a few. That being said, it was only proper that we acknowledge the latest addition to arguably the most iconic sneakers’ roster. The 2019 remake of the air Jordan comes off the back of their collaboration with PSG (read about it in our previous article). It is however based off of the ‘Banned’ colourway which was released back in 2016. This shoe acts as a sequel to the story behind the ‘Banned’ colourway. This goes back to when the NBA banned Michael Jordan from wearing the black and red Air Jordan because they went against the uniform rules at the time. This became a major footnote in the lore of the legends first signature sneaker and established it as an iconic shoe.
The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG defiant (couture) despite being based off a previous colourway, is a brand new theme of the iconic Jordan 1 silhouette. This iteration celebrates the fashion community and from the looks of it, it is likely to undergo tinkering by major fashion brands just like its sister sneakers. I say this because in the recent past the iconic shoe has been a popular choice for designers looking to collaborate with the Jordan shoe brand such as Off-White, the Virgil Abloh owned fashion brand.
The shoe is mostly black and gym red with muslin; the sneaker’s black leather upper is detailed with the red ‘Banned’-inspired bar that covers the Swoosh logos and goes across the heels. The red block painted over the swoosh logo is most likely meant to push the ‘defiant’ moniker narrative. Pushing the message of this design which is despite the league trying to cover up the brand, it only contributed to the marketing as the Air Jordan 1 stood out and became one of the most well-known pop-culture references in sports and sneaker history. To add to the retro feel, the pair sits atop a cream-coloured midsole. Completing the design are black and red Nike Air tongue labels and the wings on the upper ankle.
According to the brand, the shoes are apparently inspired by the craftsmanship behind luxury Italian sports cars. The shoe is officially set to be released on the 23rd of February. In the spirit of defying oppression by ‘the man’ and being resilient in the face of adversity, would you cop these sneakers?