Detailed Look at the Air Jordan 1 "Pollen"

Simple and clean, with plenty of Wu-Tang-esque flair.

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After Jordan Brand‘s forthcoming Air Jordan 1 “Pollen” was recently revealed, we now have a detailed look at the two-tone black and yellow take on Michael Jordan‘s first signature silhouette. In recent weeks, it’s become a popular point of speculation on the sneaker interwebs that the “Pollen” is a subtle nod to Nike‘s ultra-rare Dunk High “Wu-Tang” from 1999 due to its near-identical color scheme and its moniker — the Wu-Tang Clan‘s members often referred to themselves as the “killer bees,” so a “Pollen” title certainly fits the bill.

Potential inspiration aside, the “Pollen” supplies a healthy dose of classic Air Jordan style. Toeboxes, quarters, and collars are all constructed of black tumbled leather, while mudguards, eyestays, Swooshes, collar flaps and heels take on the smooth yellow leather that gives the shoe its name. Tongues are constructed of black nylon and embellished with a yellow/white/black fabric tag, while further branding is supplied by the black ball-and-wings logo on the collar flap. Down below, white midsoles and yellow outsoles round off the look.

The Air Jordan 1 “Pollen” currently holds a tentative release date of August 21 — ironically, a day before GZA‘s birthday — though this has yet to be officially confirmed by Nike. The MSRP will likely be set at $170 USD.

In other Jumpman news, get an official look at the full Summer 2021 Air Jordan retro collection.

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