Few shoes in the 30-plus-year history of the Air Jordan line are as famous as the black and red Air Jordan 1. The sneaker—known colloquially as the "Banned" Jordan 1 or the "Bred" Jordan 1—has been perennially important, from the murky mythology around its genesis to the fervor its retros inspire. Michael Jordan took the model from a flashy piece of footwear to a legitimate pop culture icon. ESPN's gripping The Last Dance documentary series captures some of Jordan's more memorable and confounding sneaker moments, but doesn't go deep on what made this specific sneaker so special. Here's how it all happened.

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