Jordan Brand‘s Air Jordan 1 has changed the world of footwear immeasurably since it debuted in 1985, but now it’a looking back to a time before its birth with two low-cut “Gel” makeups. Inspired by a duo of influential Nike silhouettes from the ’70s — the Astrograbber and Tailwind — both of these Air Jordan 1 Lows feature referential color schemes and a keen attention to detail.
First up is a white, black and grey pair inspired by the Astrograbber. Debuted back in 1976 when Michael Jordan was just entering high school, the Astrograbber was a shoe created to take on turf football fields — a new innovation at the time that was beginning to gain popularity. To salute the Astrograbber’s original construction and color scheme, the AJ1 Low features a sleek upper built from white mesh and grey suede that’s adorned with a rich black leather Swoosh and tongue branding. Sail midsoles and black outsoles complete the look.
Next arrives a stark metallic silver and red that honors the Tailwind “Night Track.” Although the Tailwind debuted in ‘78 and made its way to the mass market in ‘79, the “Night Track” was a disco-esque friends and family release gifted to pop culture figures like Michael Jackson and David Hasselhoff. It was then made available to the general public decades later in 2012. On this AJ1 Low, it’s recreated by a metallic silver upper that blends nylons and leathers. Bold red Swooshes and collar liners offer a signature punch of flair with black branding on the tongue, sail midsoles and black outsoles rounding things off.
The Air Jordan 1 Low “Astrograbber” and “Night Track” will release exclusively at size? on August 1 before a global drop on August 15. The “Astrograbber” is priced at £115 GBP (approximately $148 USD), while the “Night Track” arrives at £110 GBP (approximately $142 USD).
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