Last year we saw Nike release several Jordan 1 colorways from 1985 in the original 1985 shape. While these shoes were highly anticipated and sold out, many people have been wondering when the classic colorways such as the “banned, royal, and Chicago” will re-release. The Chicago Jordan 1 specifically has not released to the public since 2015. Being an original and iconic colorway the resale prices for this shoe have skyrocketed to over $2,000. It seems like Nike has been paying attention as many reliable sources have confirmed that the Air Jordan 1 Chicago will release in holiday 2022 with a reimagined “vintage” take.
While everyone is excited to see official images of the shoe, some people are also worried. While we have seen other 1985 shaped Jordan 1’s, we have never seen the term “reimagined”. The vintage look to sneakers has become very popular and Nike has started to release shoes that look “vintage” with yellowed soles and aged leather. Many people are worried that Nike and Jordan Brand are going to make major changes to the shoe and ruin the release as they have time and time again. I guess everyone is going to have to wait for official images and confirmation from Nike, but I am just happy to see this shoe being released again.
Tomorrow, March 5th, the Air Jordan 6 “university blue” is set to release. A week prior to the official release Nike shock dropped an estimated 70,000 men’s pairs on the SNKRS app. Shock drops and exclusive access is nothing new for Nike, but it is usually a very small number of pairs compared to this release. Now with the release right around the corner Nike announced that the Air Jordan 6 ‘university blue” will not release on Nike at all on the release day. Another interesting thing with this release is that there were no grade school or toddler pairs available during the shock drop. The problem goes further than Nike as many people is reporting that Footlocker and Champs have been canceling people’s reservations for Saturday.
Nike recently put out a statement claiming to improve the way shoes are released in order to prevent bots. These shock drops could be their way of preventing bots and allowing more people to purchase shoes. However, a lot of people are unhappy and frustrated with how the release of this shoes was handled. A lot of people who do not have a mall in their area rely primarily on Nike SNKRS to buy shoes. I’m not sure if this was a mistake of releasing too many pairs during the shock drop or if it was intentional on Nike’s part. It is beginning to seem like this is going to be the new norm as several Jordan releases scheduled for this month are still not loading on the SNKRS app. One thing is for sure it doesn’t look like it will get easier to cop shoes anytime soon.