The KO variation is one of the various cuts and forms in which Jordan Brand has released the Air Jordan 1. Back in 1986, Jordan Brand switched from leather to canvas for the uppers of the Air Jordan 1 and instead of “Air Jordan,” the Wings logos featured “AJKO.” It still remains unknown why that version was ultimately named the Air Jordan KO. Originally, four colorways of the Air Jordan 1 KO had arrived at retailers and there were several samples as well. Apparently, not only is the KO variation going to be among 2016’s upcoming Jordan releases, it will be in “Quilted” form.
It was not until 2010, the year which marked the Air Jordan 1’s “Silver Anniversary,” that the KO variation finally received the retro treatment for the very first time. That year, Jordan Brand had dropped the Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High in two original colorways. They had been intentionally designed to look vintage, which is the reason they were equipped with yellowed midsoles and powdered outsoles. After a comeback in 2011, the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG debuted, once again featuring Nike Air branding. The latest iteration may not be an original, but it still looks quite exquisite.
A Pure Platinum- and White-colored Air Jordan 1 KO “Quilted” had also hit the shelves back in July. The latest rendition seems to be more colorful and eye-catching than the previous one. Predominantly, it appears to be featuring Obsidian-colored quilted uppers, while denim overlays can also be spotted. It is also equipped with all-White midsoles and like the previous “Quilted” colorway, this one also features Bronze-colored metallic lace eyelets as well.
While the KO version does not arrive as frequently as the Air Jordan 1, but whenever it has, it has never disappointed. Many sneakerheads probably own a pair of the previous “Quilted” iteration and now Dark Blue-colored Air Jordan 1 KO “Quilted” could accompany it, if they decide to cop a pair when it makes its retail debut on August 17th at a price of $140.
Air Jordan 1 KO “Quilted”
Release Date: August 17th, 2016
638471-403 | $140