A reimagined Air Jordan 1 with uppers featuring cargo netting will be among this year’s upcoming Air Jordan releases 2019. Jordan Brand first delved into modifying the Air Jordan 1 in the form of multiple, unique variations last year with the “Reimagined” Collection. During the recent 2019 NBA All–Star Weekend, Jordan Brand designed a quilted Air Jordan 1 iteration mimicking the design of the Don C x Air Jordan 2 from 2016. This Air Jordan 1 iteration with quilted tumbled leather uppers was designed for the family members and friends of Carlos Prieto, Michael Jordan’s brother-in-law and founder of the South Miami-based footwear boutique, SoleFly.
With the current year nearing its end, it seems three new Air Jordan 1 Mid colorways are joining this month‘s Air Jordan releases 2018. The first of these colorways does not have an official nickname, but it does look quite festive and vibrant. Its uppers are dressed up in a combination of Black and Hot Punch. Volt also appears, namely around the “Nike” Swoosh” logo, and over the Jordan “Wings” logo and the “Nike Air” branding on the tongues. Furthermore, its midsoles are plain White and its outsoles are covered entirely in Black. As mentioned, this colorway is one of four Air Jordan 1 Mid releases arriving in December.
Two of Jordan Brand‘s upcoming Air Jordan releases, one of 2018 and the other of 2019, will both be made of patent leather. Patent leather is generally recognized as one of the signature elements of Air Jordan 11 colorways, such the “Concord” that recently made its comeback and the “Bred” colorway return next year. As of lately though, the glassy material has been making an appearance over the Air Jordan 1 and other models. For instance, the friends–and–family–excusive version of the SoleFly x Air Jordan 1 “Art Basel Miami” was made up of patent leather. Now, the Jordan Legacy 312 and Air Jordan 1 will feature patent leather too.
The Air Jordan 1 colorway inspired by Michael Jordan‘s Sports Illustrated cover from 1984 will be among December’s Air Jordan releases 2018. Michael Jordan did some exceptional and remarkable things during his rookie season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Back in May 1985, the NBA even named him the Rookie of the Year. This year, Jordan Brand even released an Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Rookie of the Year” colorway on November 17th, 2018. It drew inspiration from the shirt Michael Jordan wore during his acceptance speech. Jordan Brand again drew inspiration from his rookie season for this upcoming Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG colorway.
One of the upcoming Air Jordan releases 2018 will make its retail debut next month during the 2018 Art Basel. The week of the annual Art Basel is known to create a lot buzz in the city of Basel in Switzerland. This four-day event celebrates artistic talent, creativity and talent, and prominent figures from the art world attend it every year. This year marks the 49th annual edition of Art Basel, which is scheduled to run from December 6th to 9th, 2018. Jordan Brand and SoleFly have also teamed to design something ‘artistic’ in the form of an Air Jordan 1 rendition, which will be released during Art Basel.
While not a part of the upcoming Air Jordan releases 2018, The Shoe Surgeon‘s latest custom creation draws inspiration from Japanese art. Not too long ago, Dominic Chambrone a.k.a. The Shoe Surgeon designed the Air Mars Jordan 1, which incorporated the design concepts of the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard shoes into the Air Jordan 1. A limited number of pairs were available at a price of $1,800 at the REIGN x 10 Corso Como New York location at 1 Fulton Street. The Shoe Surgeon is back with another Air Jordan 1 custom, this time using the OFF-White x Air Jordan 1 as the base.
The classic and iconic “Chicago” colorway returns one of Jordan Brand’s latest Air Jordan releases 2018 but with as a slight variation. Back in 1984 when Michael Jordan began his professional basketball career, Reebok had actually surpassed Nike as the number one footwear and sportswear brand. Hence, it was signing Michael Jordan and the debut of the Air Jordan 1 in 1985 that brought Nike back on top. In fact, it is the Air Jordan 1 that gave rise to the “sneaker culture” we recognize today. 33 years later, Jordan Brand is set to release a variation of one of the most classic Air Jordan 1 colorways.