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The 100 Best Sneakers of the Complex Decade

41. Air Jordan Retro 1 "Banned"

Year: 2011

The story behind the success of this shoe was simple: Drop the sneaker that started it all in the most popular colorway of all time, hook the uppers up with lux leathers, and make everyone scramble for them at outlet-only retailers. When the “Banned” 1s dropped unexpectedy like bird shit last year, people were fiending to cop a pair and when walking brand man Kanye West rocked them at Fashion Week, the resellers got paid. X marks the spot.

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