The Air Jordan 1 remains one of the most classic silhouettes in sneaker design, and many folks cherish the sturdy high-top. But while the AJ1 in the Chicago Bulls-inspired red, white, and black colorway is remembered as the quintessential classic, the first pair of Jordan 1s actually available for purchase to the public were the black/royal colorway released in 1985.
Nike first introduced the shoes in a poster from a high-profile photo shoot by Chuck Kuhn: Shot on an Oregon airfield, it shows Jordan in front of an airplane in the sunset, rocking the black/royal which have since been named the “Flight Guy” model.
In memory of this classic moment, Jordan Brand will be launching the Flight Guy Collection this summer, with the first drop arriving on April 1.
Next to the original “Flight Guy” Air Jordan 1, the initiative also features the modern-day AJ XXXI also rendered in the iconic black and blue. Subtle accents include an embossed Air Jordan logo on the upper, Jumpman icon, as well as a flight logo on the inside of the tongue.
The Jordan Brand “Flight Guy” Collection featuring the Air Jordan I and Air Jordan XXXI releases on April 1.