The Blazer was one of Nike’s very first basketball sneakers, introduced back in 1972 and until late September 2016, it was barely ever revamped. Yet, classic sneaker managed to remain timeless over the years, but then Nike decided to finally upgrade it and introduced the Blazer Advanced. The Blazer Advanced was designed to be laceless and was equipped with asymmetrical zipper enclosures towards the inner side of each shoe. This year, Jordan Brand upgraded the Air Jordan 1 High in a similar manner, replacing its classic lacing system with zippers. While it already debuted back in March, two new colorways are set to join Fall’s Jordan releases 2018.
Like the Air Jordan 1 and the Blazer, Nike originally designed the Lunar Force 1 to be equipped with laces, but that all changed when they teamed up with Acronym back in November 2017. Acronym has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to tech-fashion. This collaboration took place at a time when the use of excessive zippers in both apparel and footwear was a major fashion trend, a trend that Acronym had partly help introduce. So, when the Acronym x Lunar Force 1 was unveiled, it turned out being equipped with a zipper. Eventually, it debuted as a part of Nike’s “AF100” Collection.
When it joined this spring’s Air Jordan releases 2018, it arrived at retailers as a brand new women’s-exclusive model. It seems like Jordan Brand is not sticking to that though because this fall, the Air Jordan 1 High Zip will be available in both men’s and women’s sizes. These two upcoming colorways might actually be inspired by the Air Jordan 1 “Lance Mountain” from 2014. Its uppers are entirely made up of tumbled leather. Instead of an actual Nike “Swoosh” overlay, an outline of the logo has been perforated onto the sides. Of course, they are both also equipped with zippers running vertically down the front of each shoe.
Air Jordan 1 High Zip
Release Date: March 8, 2018
AQ3742-116 | $150