When sneakerheads think of Flyknit, usually it is Nike sneakers and trainers that come to mind. The Air Jordan 1 would be the last model that sneakerheads would be expecting to feature Flyknit technology, but apparently Jordan Brand seems to have designed such an iteration. Of course, the credit goes to Nike for introducing the lightweight sneaker technology known as Flyknit back in February 2012. The Flyknit technology made its debut over the Nike Flyknit racer and ever since, they have incorporated it into basketball, lifestyle, running, soccer and training releases. The Air Jordan 1 will be the latest basketball silhouette to receive this innovative makeover involving Flyknit technology.
Flyknit has become the staple technology of Nike and they spent more than 10 years researching this evolution of footwear, which was quite revolutionary at the time, and still is. When Nike introduced the Flyknit Racer, sneakerheads quickly grew fond of its featherweight and form-fitting uppers. With this revolutionary Flyknit technology, Nike designers are able to manufacture shoes by micro-engineering each stitch with precision. This is the reason that Nike’s sneakers featuring Flyknit also tend to have seamless uppers. Moreover, far less material is used when and manufacturing waste is minimized during the production of Flyknit sneakers.
Flyknit has become Nike’s most esteemed and highly regarded innovation of the present century, so plenty of sneakerheads will be thrilled to learn that it is now debuting on the Air Jordan 1. Not only this, Jordan Brand’s iconic basketball model will be dressed up in the classic “Bred” color scheme, which is now more commonly referred to as the “Banned” color scheme. The photos seen here were posted on Instagram by @zsneakerheadz and the sneaker apparently made an appearance during a Playoffs game in Portland between the Blazers and the Spurs.
While this is the first time that Jordan Brand has used Flyknit for an Air Jordan 1 iteration, the silhouette has featured Flyweave material on its uppers in the past. There has been no official news regarding when this Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned” will end up making its retail debut, but it will likely end up joining this year’s upcoming Air Jordan releases 2017.
Air Jordan 1 Flyknit “Banned”