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Air Jordan AJKO Collection

January 7, 2021 | Category: Ward 1 Shoes


 

Air Jordan AJKO

The Air Jordan I ditched leather for canvas in 1986. Named the Air Jordan KO, they feature ‘AJKO’ on the wings logos instead of ‘Air Jordan’. The reasoning as to why this change was made or, the naming of the shoe the Air Jordan K.O. is still unknown to this day. While the original Air Jordan I is highly coveted, sought after and hard-to-find, the AJKO is all that, and then some. While we know that at least four colorways were originally released in ’86, every now and then we stumble upon another pair we practically know nothing about.

If you do enough research, you can find about ten original colorways of the Air Jordan I KO. But, at the end of the day, many are samples that never actually released to the public. Another difference between the AJI and the AJKO is the outsole. For the ‘Silver Anniversary’ of the Air Jordan in 2010, Jordan Brand retroed the KO’s for the first time. Two colorways of the Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High dropped, both original. They featured a ‘vintage’ look to them with yellowed midsoles, ‘powdered outsoles and some yellowing on the uppers as well. The original style outsole was also replaced with the regular AJI version.

One year later, in 2011, the Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High would return. This time around, they featured an entirely different look, with premium leather uppers instead of the traditional canvas. Three colorways dropped and to date, are the only AJKO’s to release with a canvas upper. In 2012 they made another appearance. Three colorways released during this short run, which included the original black/red and ‘Black Toes’ as well as a new Barcelona-inspired pair, which was a part of the ‘Road to the Gold’ Collection.

In 2013, Jordan Brand debuted the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG. A version featuring original ‘Nike’ branding, just like the versions released in 1985. One year later, the Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High got the ‘OG’ treatment, complete with its original outsole and packaged in an orange Nike box. The original white, red and black colorway returned for its second time, sans the ‘vintage’ look. The original black/royal AJI was converted to an AJKO for the first time and ditched the royal shade for a new sport blue scheme.


 

 



Air Max 3 Archetype

December 16, 2020 | Category: Ward 1 Shoes

Air Max 3 Archetype

Air Max 3 Archetype

Air Max 3 Archetype 

Air Max 3 Archetype

In 1990, the Air Max line took a fateful leap forward with the debut of a silhouette that quickly transcended its purpose of performance running. Younger audiences may know this look as the “Air Max 90”—but upon its debut, the design was seen as the latest evolution of the original Air Max from 1987, and given a fitting name: Air Max 3 Archetype.

This edition celebrates the timeless style by returning to that original moniker while recreating its earliest execution with unmatched dedication to detail. That includes original tooling, with tapered midsole foam and an encapsulated airbag in the forefoot. This colorway extends the nostalgia by nodding to the exploration and prototyping process that led to the icon’s creation.


 

 



Air Jordan 4 Fire Red

December 2, 2020 | Category: Ward 1 Shoes

Air Jordan 4 Fire Red

Air Jordan 4 Fire Red

Air Jordan 4 Fire Red
 

Back like it’s 1989 – Air Jordan 4 Fire Red

The Air Jordan 4 Fire Red has been a revered silhouette since it first hit shelves in February 1989. That OG release featured 4 colorways—including this exact makeup, with a white base overlaid by tones of black and fire red. Now, for the first time since that ‘89 debut, the style is back in its full and original form. Familiar features include vintage Nike Air branding on the heel, as well as a throwback Nike Air hangtag and original packaging. Since his game-winning shot that brought championship glory to North Carolina, Michael Jordan has been at the forefront of basketball consciousness. He took the court in 1985 wearing the original Air Jordan I, simultaneously breaking league rules and his opponents’ will while capturing the imagination of fans worldwide.