Air Jordan 1 High ’85 Black/White Sneakers: release date, price

Mark: Jordan Brand

Model: Air Jordan 1 High ’85

Price: $200

To buy: Nike SNKRS and select retailers

Editor’s notes: First, the Jordan brand delivered the Neutral Greys. Then we learned that the Chicago 1s would arrive just in time for the holidays. Now we’re about to be blessed with another gem: the black/white OG colorway.

Yes, it’s true. As you can see in the photo above, the timeless monochromatic palette takes over the leather upper from the upcoming Air Jordan 1 High ’85, due out in 2023.

The latest AJ1 also sports white Jordan wings and Nike Air branding on the ankle and tongue, respectively, to match the details of the OG shoe, which is currently fetching $111,000 on StockX as we speak (ouch).

Yet that is the purpose of the Air Jordan 1 High ’85 shoe. As a restored version of the original 1985 shoe, the updated shoe mimics the details and diagrams of the model that launched the fame of the Jordan brand – and the hearts of sneakerheads around the world.

So, of course, many sneakerheads are undoubtedly eagerly awaiting the release, that is, their closest chance at the initial bank-breaking pair. But first they will have to fight the Gen Z kids.

Looking to expand their Panda collections, Gen Z have already started calling the upcoming shoe the “Panda 1”, leaving OG sneaker lovers shaking their heads.

Of course, the AJ1s passed the bar exam to enter Panda country, although I noticed that the whole “Panda” stuff is normally exclusive to Swoosh (read: Nike, rather than Jordan Brand) products like the Dunks and Air Maxes. The Air Jordan 1 “Twist” was nicknamed “Panda” in some circles, but that was mostly due to its pony hair upper.

In short, Jordan sneakers are simply “black and white Air Jordan 1s”. Of course, my brief lesson won’t stop kids from naming them after a monochrome bear. So, longtime sneaker fans, shield your eyes from the influx of “Panda 1s” comments.

At the same time, one could rightly say that the Jordan brand is cashing in on the Panda craze. With endless Panda iterations rolling off the treadmill (they’re now champions, by the way), the AJ1s couldn’t have come at a better time than during Nike’s Panda supremacy.

Nonetheless, with the Chicago 1s around the corner and these monochromatic gems set to kick off 2023, the Air Jordan 1 High ’85 is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

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