Jordanheads have been lead to believe that it was the Air Jordan 1 that was banned by the NBA 31 years ago when Michael Jordan wore it during his rookie campaign. For those unfamiliar with MJ’s professional basketball career, this belief probably stems from the Air Jordan 1 High “Banned” that was released back in 2011. Considering that the Jordan releases of the Air Jordan 1.5 is scheduled for next month, fans of Jordan Brand’s first signature sneaker feel even more certain that it was the pair that got MJ fined $5,000 every time he sported it on the court.
The fact of the matter is that it was never the Air Jordan 1 “Bred” that the NBA had banned when a rookie Michael Jordan showed up on the hardwood laced up in it. It is true that black and red was regarded as an outlandish color scheme at the time, but rather than the Air Jordan 1 it was the “Bred” colorway of the mysterious Nike Air Ship that was actually banned back then. The reason that many sneakerheads are hearing about the Nike Air Ship for the very first time is because Nike has never brought the model back as a retro.
Nonetheless, still inspired by the assumption that the NBA had banned the Air Jordan 1, the hybrid Air Jordan 1.5 is returning in a similar “Bred” colorway. Hence, the leather upper of the sneaker is predominantly dressed up in black, including the collar section and the tongue. As for the red, it makes an appearance over the ankle area, heel portion, laces, Nike Swoosh logo and the toe box. Of course, the highlight of the hybrid sneaker is the contrasting, crisp white sole unit borrowed from the Air Jordan 2. Above all, the ankle features the “Nike” Wings logo to complete the OG look.
Finally, a date has been confirmed for the Jordan release 2015 of this Air Jordan 1.5 “Bred.” Regardless of whether or not the “Bred” colorway of the Air Jordan 1 was banned by the NBA, Jordanheads will be able to cop these hybrid kicks for $150 on November 21st.
Air Jordan 1.5 Banned Bred
Release Date: November 21st, 2015
768861-001 | $150