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Latest Pickup: Air Jordan 1 High OG "UNC to Chicago"

Latest Pickup: Air Jordan 1 High OG "UNC to Chicago"

In the past years, we have seen several issues of Air Jordan 1 by Jordan Brand that tell a part of Michael Jordan's life. Some colourways even remind us of his time at university, while others remind us of his legendary dunk in Italy, such as the Air Jordan 1 High OG Shattered Backboard 3.0.

A few days ago, Jordan Brand and Nike even introduced a "New Beginnings" pack. Sneakerheads think that this would be the best drop in 2020 so far. In this pack, we find the famous Air Jordan 1 from 1985. In our other news, we showed you the different features on the current Jordans. The New Beginnings pack also includes the mythical Nike Air Ship. The GOAT in fact played its first matches in the Nike Air Ship and not in the Air Jordan 1 as most people think.

Apart from these icons, we now hear another story of Jordan Brand. The Air Jordan 1 High OG "UNC to Chicago" lets us experience how Michael Jordan started his career at his alma mater in North Carolina before becoming part of the Chicago Bulls.


Hardly any other sneaker can wear the UNC and Chicago colours as well as the Air Jordan 1st colour, but the iteration doesn't go that far. A buttery soft and high-quality leather puts the sneakers together. But, the story begins at the back. MJ's university in North Carolina comes in an unforgettable light blue. His career actually started back in his early years. The collar as well as the back heel and the Swoosh wear this memorable blue. Further up is the embossed Air Jordan logo. Of course, it should definitely not be missing in this story.

Further up, Jordan Brand colours the toe box in Gym Red. This represents the highlight of his career. His rise to the Chicago Bulls made His Airness ultimately famous. Not only 1s Jordan borrowed the iconic colour, but the other silhouettes that followed many years later were done in red. But, Nike also cut a slice of that success and coloured the sneakers with the Chicago Bulls colour.

The interior also reminds of the early days and the professional career of Michael Jordan. The insoles feature an asymmetrical design. While the left insole shows Powder Blue, the right insole is dipped in Gym Red. With the padded black mesh tongue and the red Nike Air logo, the sneaker keeps its retro style which is underlined by a white midsole and a red outsole.

Technical Details

That we still get to see 1er Jordans today is not just because of history. Over time, the sneakers were in fact made accessible to the masses and optimized. In the meantime, we have a high quality and functional sneaker from Jordan Brand. The high quality leather still looks very good even after several months and hardly loses its shine.

Furthermore, Jordan Brand has padded both the collar and tongue rather nicely. Even after many hours, the sneakers still fit perfectly and don't lose any grip. The midsole cushions absolutely every step and increases the comfort of the Air Jordan 1 significantly.

Conclusion of the Air Jordan 1 High OG "UNC" to Chicago

Story: 10/10 Style: 10/10 Technical: 10/10


The Air Jordan 1 High OG "UNC to Chicago" wins in all points. With every Air Jordan 1, we instantly feel connected to the GOAT. We can only hope that Jordan Brand will continue to work on the sneakers for the years to come.

The sneakers fit perfectly and deliver exactly what they promise. Actually, they are wmns-exclusive sneakers. Therefore, we advise you to stick to your EU size. If you calculate by US sizes, you should choose a size that’s 1.5 bigger. The release date for the Air Jordan 1 High OG "UNC to Chicago" is February 14th.

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