Update: KAWS has taken to his Instagram to share a photo of four colors of his Swoosh-less Air Jordan 1 Low. The pairs were a collaboration between KAWS and Jordan Brand, created in 2016 for the artist to wear as part of his self-described “personal uniform,” much in the same way Jordan Brand gives its NBA and NFL athletes player-edition sneakers that are never released to the general public. KAWS also mentioned that the repeating hands graphic on the insole of English Sole’s pair “was not his original design.” The pair could, however be a scrapped pre-production sample or a pair that never made their way to the artist — a somewhat common occurrence in the murky world of PEs and samples. For their part, English Sole told Hypebeast that they stand behind the authenticity of their products and would pay $10,000 USD to anyone who could prove that the pair was fake in the next 24 hours.
Original Story: English Sole has just offered up a closer look at the KAWS x Jordan collab that never was. Taking place a year before the Air Jordan 4 KAWS drop in 2017 was the Air Jordan 1 Low. With only eight in existence, this sample pair shows a much more understated collab with the shoe predominantly arriving in white.
Said to be made low profile for the artist, the uppers see the absence of the Swoosh while the signature “XX” is found at the heel counter just below a center Wings logo. The entire shoe is crafted in soft, premium leather (including the tongue tag) and is lined with artwork from the artist himself.
Take a closer look at these unreleased sneakers in the image gallery above.
In other footwear news, take an official look at the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “True Blue.”