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by Brendan Dunne

The mysterious Air Jordan 1 sample with the Jordan 2 tooling will be getting an actual retail release this summer.

The shoe is one of a handful of early Jordan 1 prototypes and samples of curious origin, which hail from a time when every little variation in the sneaker production process wasn't necessarily documented for posterity. Along with the replaced tooling, the sneaker differs from typical Jordan 1s in that it reads "Nike" in the wings logo rather than the standard "Air Jordan."

This release is obviously connected to Jordan Brand's 30th anniversary campaign, which will apparently demystify the early days of the Jordan 1 to some extent.

The Air Jordan 1.5 is expected to release July 25.

Date: Jul. 25
Shoe: Air Jordan 1.5
Color: Varsity Red/Black-White
Style No.: 768861-601

UPDATE 5/10: New images of the 'Chicago' Air Jordan 1.5, including Air Jordan 1 comparison shots, via @shoulee81.

Air Jordan 1.5 Chicago 768861-601 (1)

Air Jordan 1.5 Chicago 768861-601 (2)

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Air Jordan 1.5 Chicago 768861-601 (5)

Air Jordan 1.5 Chicago 768861-601 (3)

Air Jordan 1.5 Chicago 768861-601 (6)

 

UPDATE 5/6: A better look at this upcoming hybrid, which will be called the Jordan 1.5.

Images via thugjerry313

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