Not sure what to think about this one…
Remember the Air Jordan I (1) “Gucci” that dropped last December, the joint with the colors made famous by the Italian fashion giant the shoe takes its nickname from? Well, it looks like Jordan Brand had a plan B, which included giving the shoe the “OG” treatment we’ve seen on several Jordan 1 releases this year (like the “Royal” and “Knicks” 1’s). For those unfamiliar, the “OG” treatment consists of “Nike Air” branding on the tongue tag and packaging, as well as removing the Jumpman logo from the heel of the shoe, with the goal being to bring the shoe as close to the original Air Jordan 1 as possible.
With that in mind, this sample version (seen for sale on eBay) is a bit of a mix between the “OG” versions and the modern-day Jordan 1, whose main difference between the OG version is the Jordan Brand branding (i.e. the Jumpman). While the sample features the “Nike Air” branding on the tongue (along with a tongue more similar to the OG models, instead of the cardboard-like tongue of the modern-era Jordan 1), it does a 180 from OG Town by featuring the Jumpman logo on the heel. For those that don’t know, the Jumpman logo didn’t even exist when the original Air Jordan 1 first released; that didn’t happen until the Air Jordan 3. So, this shoe truly melds the old and the new, which has to be worth something, right?
Personally, I don’t like the mixture of the two shoes. We’ve had enough Jordan Brand Frankensteins this year alone to last me a lifetime (see: every Jordan 1 mash-up, but especially this one), so I’m glad this shoe didn’t come to fruition. Truthfully, I didn’t even like the “Gucci” 1 they did go with, so I guess it’s all the same anyways.
What do you think about this Jordan 1 sample, which melds the old and the new (possibly accidentally)? Glad they went with the version in line with the recent Jordan 1’s, or wish they went with the “OG”/modern mix you see here? Let us know in the comments below, and check out a few more pics after the jump. Oh, and if you happen to have a stack (or close to it), you can make an offer or buy the shoes outright, for $1000, here.