It’s the shoe that pretty marks the beginning of sneaker culture as we know it. Michael Jordan’s first-ever Air Jordan release, the “Chicago” Air Jordan 1, may be the single most revered sneaker in the hobby. A deadstock pair of the last retro from 2015 costs about $2,000 and game-worn pairs from Jordan’s rookie season are regularly fetching $500,000+ at auction. Fortunately, it appears that everyone will have a shot at a significantly cheaper pair this holiday season.
zSneakerheadz reports that the “Chicago” Air Jordan 1 is heading back to retail in Reimagined form. According to Z, the shoe will feature a vintage/aged look and a shape closer to the originals from ‘85, including an “improved toebox.” Additionally, it’s being speculated that Air Jordan 1 prices will be increasing in the future, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
Expect updates on this highly anticipated release in the months ahead.
UPDATE (08/16): Additional details about the inspiration behind this year’s “Chicago” Air Jordan 1 release have emerged. Per @MrUnloved_1s and @zSneakerheadz, this “Lost and Found” Air Jordan 1 High shown here is inspired by original unsold pairs of the “Chicago” Jordan 1 Highs that were found at mom and pop shops in the ‘80s. The shoe features an aged look and comes with vintage-styled packaging including a throwback receipt, discount stickers, and a replacement lid. As of now, the shoe is currently rumored to release on Nov. 19.
UPDATE (10/11): Official images have surfaced of this year’s “Chicago” colorway. Dubbed the “Lost and Found” Air Jordan 1 High, this pair is on target for a Nov. 19 drop date for a retail price of $180. Take a detailed look at the sneakers and their accessories below.
UPDATE (11/05): Jordan Brand has officially confirmed on the SNKRS release calendar that the highly anticipated “Lost and Found” Air Jordan 1 High will be released via the app on Nov. 19 for $180. The retro will be available in full-family sizing.
Air Jordan 1 High “Lost and Found”
Release Date: 11/19/22
Style #: DZ5485-612