Jordan Brand seems to have once again drawn inspiration from Michael Jordan‘s Alma mater for one of next year’s Air Jordan releases 2019. Of course, this is not the first time that an Air Jordan 1 colorway has been inspired by the North Carolina Tar Heels. In fact, the OFF–WHITE x Air Jordan 1 “UNC” made its retail debut earlier this year, on June 19th, at a price of $190. The Air Jordan 1 has also featured patent leather in the past. However, it is after quite a long time that Jordan Brand will be releasing a premium Air Jordan 1 rendition completely made up of patent leather.
The trend of utilizing patent leather on footwear, including sneakers, had taken off back in 2006 since people had grown tremendously fond of wearing bold and vibrant shoes. Patent leather is often also referred to as PVC, patent vinyl and wet look vinyl, but those are actually not all the same. The origin of patent leather can be traced back to Japanning, which itself refers to the application of hard black varnish onto leather. The process by which patent leather is created today was perfected back in 1818. The latest iteration of the Air Jordan 1 that Jordan Brand has whipped is also entirely made up of patent leather. Continue reading This Nearly All-Black Air Jordan 1 Is Entirely Made Up Of Patent Leather