Union LA Air Jordan 1.
His Airness. 23. Take Flight. Icon. Vintage. The Air Jordan was released as the introductory silhouette in the Jordan line for the 84/85 season.

  • Nike Air Jordan
  • Multi-Panelled Leather Upper
  • Suede Panelled Ankle Collar
  • WINGS Logo on Ankle Collar
  • Heel Counter Panelling
  • Air Cushioning in Midsole in White
  • Perforated Toebox Holes
  • Stitch Detailing


  • Nike Air Jordan x Union LA

  • White/Black-Varsity Red-Wolf Grey
  • Product Code:

  • BV1300-106
  • Launched on:

  • 24-11-2018
  • White/Storm Blue-Varsity Red-Black
  • Product Code:

  • BV1300-146
  • Launched on:

  • 17-11-2018
  • Silhouette Explored

    A demonstrative take on history is portrayed through the Union LA Air Jordan 1 - the silhouette expresses Union's longstanding commitment to craftsmanship, with an onus on textile construction and detailing. The AJ1 combines colours synonymous with the some of the most iconic AJ1 colourways: the Bred, the OG Chicago and the Black Toe. The blue toe variant is essentially a modified version of the original 'Storm Blue' colourway released in 1985. The upper is predominately leather with the panels that the AJ1 is known for finished in white, red and black (white, blue and red in the Union LA exclusive version). Suede is utilised across the heel collar, and helps deliver the prominent weathered look that fits in with Chris Gibb's vision. Contrast stitch detailing is present between the heel collar and heel counter, with a double lace-set - in 2 colour varieties - giving the style an additional dimension; a Union LA branded tag accent adjacent to the Wings logo, completes Union's variant. The Air Jordan 1's generational prowess is even more prominent in Union's variant.

    Available in 2 variants: White, Black, Varsity Red & Grey and White, Storm Blue, Black, Varsity Red (Union LA Exclusive). Explore the Union LA Air Jordan 1 (White, Black, Varsity Red & Grey) on Shoe Shelf or get your own pair by clicking here.

    Silhouette Explored — History

    The Air Jordan 1 and the Wings Logo were both designed by Peter Moore for Michael Jordan's inaugural NBA season. However, before they were ready for the hardwood, 23 took to the floor in the Nike Air Ship and the Nike Air Train. The design of the Jordan 1 brought on a radical shift in basketball design and sneaker design by incorporating colour-blocking across the separate panels on the shoe, a first, in a time of monochrome leather or canvas upper shoes. The legend of the Jordan 1 and the 'Banned 1' can be traced to a pair of Nike Air Ships, a prototype for the Air Jordan 1. The Bred or Banned colourway is infamous for being prohibited by former NBA commissioner David Stern for violating uniform policy (51% of the shoe had to be white or black with the remaining portions matching the main colour of each teams jersey); Nike's advertising agency, Chiat/Day now TBWA\Chiat\Day perpetuated this myth, using it as a device to sell the shoes, their Banned commercial in 1985 famously stating 'On September 15, Nike created a new revolutionary basketball shoe. On October 18, the NBA threw them out of the game, unfortunately the NBA can't stop you from wearing them.' The subsequent circus, around obtaining the Banned 1 which Michael Jordan never actually wore in an official game has definitely shaped the Air Jordan story as we know it. Michael Jordan took to the 1985 All Star Game in the 'Bred' AJ1 - this appears to be its only on court appearance. Jordan wanted a shoe of lower profile than existing Nike silhouettes, Jordan previously wore Converses at collegiate level for UNC and had a personal preference for Adidas.

    The Air Jordan utilises Nike's signature Air unit midsole to optimise cushioning, an essential requirement when initially produced in 1985 seeing as MJ believed the soles of existing Nike silhouettes were too thick, whilst the outsole was finished in a contrasting hue to the midsole. As with the 1981 Air Force 1, the front area of the AJ1 has a concentric circular patterned tread outsole whilst the rear is finished with linear lines that appear anatomical in nature. The Air Jordan 1 introduced heel counter panelling, a biomechanical improvement that is said to improve compression, reduce stress across the skin and reduce tension - imperative for a player of MJ's stature who was known for quick cuts and explosive bounce. Soft leather was introduced around the ankle collar, with the Wings logo embossed into both the upper lateral and medial quarter panel. A key feature that defines the experience for certain collectors is whether the woven tongue top label is finished with the original Nike Air logo or if it includes the newer Air Jordan logo. 


    Image Credit:

  • Focus on Sport. Pictured: Michael Jordan vs the Washington Bullets
  • Dick Raphael. Michael Jordan vs the Celtics - 1986 at the Boston Garden
  • Focus on Sport. Pictured: Michael Jordan vs the Washington Bullets
  • Focus on Sport. Pictured: Michael Jordan in the OG Chicago.
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