On April 1, 1985, a rookie from the University of North Carolina changed the NBA and fashion forever. Nike and designer Peter Moore teamed up with Michael Jordan to create the Nike Air Jordan.
Jordan wore the Nike Air Jordan during his rookie year and his injury-shortened sophomore season. But every time MJ would step on the court with the Nike Air Jordan, the NBA would fine him $5,000 a game! Crazy to think because now you see the Jumpman all over the court. The last time MJ would wear the Nike Air Jordan was his final game at Madison Square Garden in 1998.
When they originally released, the Nike Air Jordan were only available in a handful of colorways, and most sat on the shelves, something people would love to see now-a-days instead of instant sellouts. One colorway that stood out over the rest was the infamous “Bred” colorway. One of the NBA’s biggest myths said the Nike Air Jordan “Bred” was the shoe that Michael Jordan was banned from wearing because it violated the league’s “uniformity of uniform rule.” But history show us that it was actually a pair of Jordan’s Nike Air Ship that the NBA banned the GOAT from wearing.
What some may have considered a flop on first release, eventually became one of the most sought after sneakers in any sneakerhead’s collection, especially in their OG colorways. The Nike Air Jordan was the beginning of Michael Jordan’s dominance in the league and the sneaker world. Known today as simply the Air Jordan 1, MJ took this simple model basketball silhouette and made an impact that is still being felt today, 31 years later! There was no foolin’ on this day in 1985.