Back in February 2011, Jordan Brand collaborated with David White to design a very special iteration of the Air Jordan 1 for Jordan Brand’s “WINGS for the Future” program. For sneakerheads who may not know, Dave White is an award-winning British contemporary artist whose fine artwork has been dedicated to the celebration of popular culture. He is also known for using a beautiful and striking style in his interpretation of emotive issues. Ultimately, a total of 23 pairs of the Air Jordan 1 “WINGS for the Future” had been produced. However, it turns out that there was a sample pair that never really made it to retailers.
The 23 pairs of the Air Jordan 1 “WINGS for the Future,” which were designed by Dave White, were auctioned on eBay for charity. The colorway for inspired by the U.S. flag and the front half of the sneaker was covered in Gold. Eventually, more than $23,000 was raised from the charity auction. The Air Jordan 1 “WINGS for the Future” variation that ended up hitting the shelves later in 2011 sported a similar color scheme but was still different and was not gold-tipped. Even then, it was one of the most avant-garde releases of that year that featured a splattered paint pattern instead of the Nike “Swoosh” logo.
It turns out that Dave White actually designed three different versions of the Air Jordan 1 “WINGS for the Future” and one of them eventually arrived at retailers. However, the sample seen above did not. Despite looking quite similar to the one that made its retail debut six years ago, there are some key differences. While still dressed up Red, White and Blue, the color blocking is different. This sample also retains the Nike “Swoosh” on the sides. Moreover, its uppers comprise of artist canvas, its toeboxes are made up of suede and plain White-colored 3M detailing can also be spotted.
Air Jordan 1 “WINGS for the Future” Sample