by Brandon Richard
The "Royal" Air Jordan 1 has been one of the most popular sneakers of the past 2 years. It originally released in 1985, returned to little fanfare in 2001 and exploded back on the scene in 2013. Now one has to back up the Brinks truck to secure a pair in deadstock condition.
But as much as sneakerheads love "Royal" 1s, there's a version of the shoe most probably haven't seen. According to JohnReeper916, this original 1985 unicorn is in the possession of Dank Customs (aka Jake Danklefs). The difference is subtle, but significant — the Wings along the collar appear in white on the sample.
Reasoning behind the existence of this sample is unknown, but it's possible designers were testing the visibility of the logo. Sticking with black was the right decision, but it's cool to see a piece of history nonetheless.