Looking to the past, as we do so often these days in the sneaker world, the Air Jordan 1 Hi ‘85 is often revered as the most accurate re-construction of Michael Jordan’s first signature shoe. Now, it’s making a return in a “Varsity Red” colorway. The true-to-the-original silhouette is a flip of the OG “Banned/Bred” Air Jordan 1s and salutes Michael Jordan’s original Air Jordan 1. On StockX, the shoe currently sits at an average sale price of $790 and is trading at an expectedly high 220.5% over MSRP.
With a combination of black leather quarters and toeboxes with bright red overlays, the “Varsity Red” flips the “Banned/Bred” palette on its forefoot and midfoot, leaving the heel, collar and signature red Swoosh unchanged. Additionally, a sail midsole and red outsole keep the shoe clean with the sky-high collar providing a look to the classic detailing of the shoe. The “Varsity Red” also comes packaged in individually numbered dust bags, nodding to its limited production run of 23,000 — which is, of course, a nod to his number 23. Rounding out the shoe, the hangtag sees a special feature added to it, adorning a memorable press photo of MJ soaring for the dunk that would later serve as the inspiration for the iconic Jumpman logo.