words // Brandon Richard
Ahead of its time in many ways, the Air Jordan I was a groundbreaking model that stirred up unprecedented buzz and jumpstarted the sneaker culture as we know it today. Throughout Michael Jordan's playing career, the game shoe was typically released in a handful of Bulls-flavored colorways along with a few alternate styles. However, the I hit retail in nearly 20 high and low-top colorways, a trend we're seeing again with today's signature athletes. Perhaps the most beloved colorways of the original Air Jordan I lineup are the "Metallic" styles, and this orange-accented pair is one of the rarest of the bunch.
Seen here in immaculate, barely worn condition, this rare sneaker features a white leather upper and midsole, accented by orange along the collar, inner lining, "Wings," Swoosh branding and outsole.
The red, green and purple "Metallic" Air Jordan 1s returned to retail back in 2009. Would you like to see the orange colorway drop again? If you prefer the original and have a grand to spare, this size 13.5 pair is being sold by sunnyjimjam on eBay today. No box and slight creasing, but people are paying more for shoes with a fraction of the historical significance and rarity.