The Air Jordan I "Wings" Has Antique Gold Undertones Beneath the Black Leather Surface

The finished product resembles a bronzed statue
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Image via: Nike

Image via: Nike

Last year, Jordan Brand debuted the Air Jordan 12 "Wings," featuring a hidden graphic pattern that would eventually reveal itself underneath the black leather at the back portion of the shoe. A similar concept informs the design of this followup effort: the Air Jordan 1 "Wings," built with a black leather upper, features a gold undertone that's revealed through agitation and stress, resulting in an aesthetic that resembles a bronzed statue. It's something that connotes immortality while capturing the essence of MJ's Jordan’s inner confidence. The narrative behind the shoe is ultimately inspired by MJ's foot injury during the '85-'86 season, when he was forced to sit out more than 60 games with a broken foot. He would return in mid-March to lead the Bulls to a No. 8 seeding in the playoffs. 

Retailing for $200, the Air Jordan 1 "Wings" launches May 17th at Nike's SNKRS.

Release Date: 5/17/17 (Wednesday)