Jordan Brand’s recent revival of their greatest sneakers has been a massive hit. Hot new colorways are arriving in stores monthly, and now, we have an early look at a potential Air Jordan 1 High “Sports Illustrated” coming later this year.

Jordan Brand has been going pretty hard with their Air Jordan 1 High colorways this year. We have already seen the return of some of the greatest OG color schemes so far, as well as the debuts of many more new looks for the legendary silhouette. While not every pair is given a special backstory or historic theme, plenty of them do and this week, we have a closer look at what’s coming next. The next themed Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG may be one of the most intricate colorways we’ve seen in recent memory. The new look is designed to commemorate Michael Jordan’s first Sport’s Illustrated cover from his Rookie of the Year Award win in 1985.

The cover features a photo of young Mike, tongue out, blasting past Milwaukee Bucks defenders Mike Dunleavy and Sidney Moncrief for a layup. Emblazoned across the cover, in Bucks colors, are the words “A Star is Born”, a phrase that heavily inspired the new Jordan 1 High “Sports Illustrated”. The shoe begins with a plain white base for the main paneling, held together by beautiful tumbled leather at the seams. The 1’s signature Swoosh is dyed in a series of green stripes to match the Bucks’ uniforms on the SI cover, while a red outline and detailing on the Jordan Wings logo completes the jersey-inspired look. Finally, the Nike Air tongue tags come in black, white and red to make them pop. Similar to Virgil Abloh’s Off-White collaboration, this Jordan 1 High will feature unstitched eyelets at the top of the shoe, allowing them to fold out. Each side displays one half of the “A Star is Born” motto, accompanied by Dec. 10, 1984, the date of the Sports’ Illustrated issue.


The next themed Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG is now expected to release on December 27th, 2018. This Jordan 1 “Sports Illustrated” will carry the usual $160 price tag and is likely to drop from both Nike and select retailers. Check out the official images below for a closer look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more information on how to secure your pair.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Sports Illustrated” 
Release Date: December 27th, 2018
Price: $160
Color: Black/White/University Red
Style Code: 555088-015