Melody Ehsani and Jordan Brand have teamed up for an Air Jordan OG inspired by the WNBA and the 20th anniversary of Love and Basketball. Following up 2019’s well-received Air Jordan 1 Mid that released as part of Jordan Brand’s “Fearless Ones” collection, Ehsani’s commemorative design is centered around cherries, a symbol of abundance, fertility and protection for women.
The Air Jordan OG is certainly an apt collaborative choice as well: originally released in 1998, it was Jordan Brand’s first shoe designed specifically for female hoopers. “The legacy [of the Women’s Air Jordan OG] speaks for itself,” says Ehsani. “It was an exciting time in history with the inception of the WNBA and all the incredible women who were coming into the game. The shoe is really an emblem of this moment, a first in many regards.”
Dressed in a classic black and red color scheme, Ehsani’s Air Jordan OG offers a tonal upper accented by vibrant touches of red on the tongue trim, outsole and co-branded heels. Signature detail arrives by way of a red, gold and green enamel cherry pin at the bottom of each throat, emblazoned with Julie Walker-Burns’s famous “If you truly knew what you had was rare, you would never waste it” quote. The wavy overlays feature hi-vis reflective trim for a flash of brilliance, while insoles and outsoles alike mix purple and red shades.
A special ME/Jordan box accompanies the shoes, dressed in a pink and red palette reminiscent of the Air Jordan 6 “Milennial Pink” crafted by Ehsani’s friend Aleali May. Positive motifs are found on the inside of the box and the tissue paper, and the offerings are completed by an extra set of flecked rope laces.
The Melody Ehsani x Air Jordan OG is priced at $150 USD and will release via retailers like Sneakersnstuff on March 19.
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In 1991 – eleven year old Melody wrote Magic Johnson a letter protesting the fact that girls werent allowed in his summer basketball camp. In 1996 -womens basketball became official with the inception of the WNBA In 1998- Jordan put out its first shoe actually designed for a woman. In 2000 – exactly 20 years ago, Sanaa Lathan became the first cultural icon of a woman portraying a basketball star in the movie Love & Basketball. In 2020 – Melody is bringing back the womens Jordan basketball shoe in honor of women’s history month, the ladies of the WNBA and the anniversary of Love & Basketball. This commemoration of the shoe comes with the emblem of a cherry, which throughout time has been associated with symbols of abundance, fertility & protection. I pass these on to you