If you're reading this, it's likely that you’re well versed in what are considered the most hyped Air Jordan 1s. Colorways like the iconic “Bred” and “UNC” are coveted by veteran sneaker fans as much as they are by today’s fresh crop of new sneaker fanatics, thus creating an uneven supply vs. demand scenario. But don’t fret—Jordan Brand offers low key alternatives to almost all of your favorite classic looks. Here are some of our picks for Jordan 1s that are just as nice without the hype.
If you’re a fan of both the Chicago Bulls and the UNC Tar Heels, how could you not love an Air Jordan 1 dedicated to both teams?
There’s no denying that the San Antonio Spurs championship heritage followed Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors. The same could be said for the Air Jordan 1 Mid “Alternate Think 16,” which follows up Air Jordan 1 “Think 16” designed for the NBA Finals MVP.
All Air Jordan 1s are pretty great, but sometimes you just want to wear one without any demonstrative how-to instructions and that is perfectly OK. The Air Jordan 1 Mid “Yellow” is a more simple version of the yellow Air Jordan 1 “Not For Resale.”
Released roughly a year before Travis Scott got his hands on the Air Jordan 1, the Jordan 1 “Rookie of the Year” is a slept-on design that pays tribute to the tan suede jacket that Michael Jordan wore to his Rookie of the Year acceptance event.
One could easily imagine Michael Jordan wearing any of the more recent Air Jordan 1s while with the Bulls. Take for example, the “Black Satin,” which includes fiery red laces as a subtle-but-welcoming nod to how Mike used to like to wear his kicks once upon a time.
Differing ever so slightly in shade from its high-top relative, the red hue used on the Air Jordan 1 Mid “Bred Toe” creates an almost-wine appearance for a fresh new take on a shoe that “Money” wore early and often during his early years with the Bulls.
If you’ve been on the fence as to whether or not you’d be able to get jiggy with an Air Jordan 1 Mid, why not start off with a classic colorway like the “UNC?” There’s an inherently “OG” vibe to the design that thwarts any preconceived notions about Jordan 1 Mids not being “original,” whatever that means.
We’re willing to entertain any arguments that suggest the original Air Jordan 1 High “Shattered Backboard” helped popularize the classic shoe just as much as any original colorway has over the last ten years. Don’t sleep on the widely accessible low and mid “Shattered Backboard” designs—we have a feeling they’ll catch on en masse sooner rather than later.