The Air Jordan 1 “Banned” just arrived at retailers over the weekend on September 3rd and retailed at a price of $160. For those who do not still already know or have not noticed, unlike the 2013 version, this year’s release is a Remastered edition, with tumbled leather uppers, and just like the original from 1985, it also includes White-colored insoles. The silhouette shape of 2016’s Air Jordan 1 “Banned” also appears to be different, with slightly higher heels and thicker toeboxes. It turns out that an Instagram user @kev_0594 had recently ordered Air Jordan 1 “Banned” pair, but he received another, unexpected sneaker instead.
Nike’s most recent “What The” release had arrived on June 18th, 2016 in the form of the latest colorway of Kevin Durant’s eighth signature model, the KD 8. It has become somewhat of an annual tradition for Nike Basketball to add a new installment to its “What The” series of mixed-and-matched sneaker colorways. Sneakerheads who take a look back at the “What The” series will soon come to realize that there have never really been any Air Jordan “What The” sneakers, at least not until recently. Rumors about an Air Jordan 1 “What The” had surfaced back in August and @kev_0594 unexpectedly receive a pair.
Instead of the Air Jordan 1 “Banned” that he had ordered, the “What The” colorway of the Air Jordan 1 arrived at his doorstep. The iteration is apparently dubbed “Top Three,” referring to the three most popular OG colorways of the model that it borrows from. Namely, the signature hues from the “Bred,” “Chicago” and “Royal” appear to have been mixed-and-matched over this sneaker. Even each of its tongues features a mismatched “Nike Air” logo. Reportedly, this Air Jordan 1 “Top Three” will not hit the shelves until November 28th.
So, despite the mistake, @kev_0594 is fortunate to now own a pair of the Air Jordan 1 “What The” or “Top Three” more two months before any other sneakerhead will be able to get their hands on a pair. Of course, he will probably have to give up on copping the Air Jordan 1 “Banned” or spend another $160 to grab a pair.
Air Jordan 1 “Top Three”
Black/Varsity Red-Varsity Royal
Release Date: November 28th, 2016
555178-010 | $160