Only avid sneakers likely know that it was with the Air Jordan 3 that the Jordan “Jumpman” logo made its debut. For those who do not know, the “Jumpman” branding was never present on the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 2, rather those silhouettes had merely featured the Jordan “Wings” logo. The logo had been inspired by Michael Jordan’s jumping and dunking abilities, which would make it seem like like he was soaring through the air. Ever since, the “Wings” branding has appeared on just about every Air Jordan sneaker, but this is not the first time it is absent on an Air Jordan 1 colorway.
For many sneakerheads, it is probably impossible to imagine an Air Jordan 1 that does not feature the iconic “Wings” logo. In celebration of the brand’s 30th Anniversary, Jordan Brand decided to add a myriad of unique touches to retro Air Jordan iterations. After dropping the Air Jordan 1 in a low-top variation, with its tongues featuring the classic “Nike Air” logo, Jordan Brand introduced a “Rare Air” Collection in 2015, which consisted of four Air Jordan 1 colorways. The unique thing about them was that “Air Jordan” was spelled out on the side panels in place of the “Wings” branding.
Judging from this photo of a never-before-seen Air Jordan iteration, it should be obvious that Jordan Brand has apparently whipped up another “Rare Air” colorway of the model. As mentioned above, the “Air Jordan” branding had also been present on the ankle collars of early Air Jordan 1 samples. The ankle collars and relatively lighter Bright Crimson-colored overlays appear to be made of premium leather, while its side panels and toe boxes sport a combination of Black and White, and this sneaker is also equipped all-Black laces. Of course, the highlight of the sneaker is the absence of the iconic “Wings” logo, which has been replaced by “Air Jordan.”
Reportedly, this latest “Rare Air” iteration of the Air Jordan 1 has been dubbed “Chicago,” which makes sense since it does appear to be quite Bulls-inspired. However, so far there is no news on when exactly this sneaker will make its retail debut, but it will likely be one of 2016’s upcoming Jordan releases.
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