August 12th, 2015 by Yale Schalk / 0
JD: How does this sample compare to other Air Jordan rarities you’ve ever seen?
KA: This sample was made for MJ. Other characteristics that distinguish this shoe from later samples include: the Nike Swoosh is shaped differently, the black toe box is thinner, the colorway is rare, there is no eyelet in the elbow of the black eyelet trim where it bends between foot and ankle, the Nike name and logo on the bottom of the shoe is at an angle instead of perpendicular to the length of the shoe, the date printed on the inside of the ankle is 841105 (November 5, 1984), and it has a Tong Yang factory sticker in the bottom of the inside heel with the date November 14, 1984 typed on it, as well as other info like model, patent, and mold. The most noticeable difference is the high quality of the leather and coloring, which is unlike any other AJ1.
JD: What plans do you have for the shoe now?
KA: I’ve had this shoe tucked away for over 20 years. When I was asked to bring the shoe to Sneaker Con, I was very apprehensive, but the reaction the shoe got was overwhelming. When people looked at it, they were speechless at first. By the end of the day, I was exhausted from all of the energy flowing. I realized then what a pleasure it is to share the shoe with people that treasure it like I do.
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Tags: Air Jordan 1