The Air Jordan 1 Black / Red colourway, also known as “banned”, is a remake of the first-ever Air Jordan 1 that Michael Jordan wore during his first season (1984-1985) in the NBA. The iconic colourway inherited its nickname “banned” because the sneaker was banned by the league for opposing its strict uniform policy. The punishment was so severe Michael was fined $5,000 every time he wore them on the court, to which Nike would settle the debt in full.
The consistent black and red colour scheme make the “banned” a near spitting image of the Air Jordan OG, with the red leather positioned on the toe box, sneaker heel, ankle collar and Nike swoosh. The subtle difference is the side eyestay panels where it has been changed from black to red and the laces have been changed from red to black. The lower unit is consistent with the original design, with a white midsole and red outsole.