The sneakers that we will wear in the future will certainly be sought in the models of the past. Fashion is (also) made up of great returns. It often happens that shoes that were thought to have been forgotten for a long time suddenly reappear on store shelves and online platforms, for a sort of streetwear déjà-vu. A perfect example is the new Jordan 1 AJ KO, a model that has left its mark not only for its lightness in the materials used but also for the mysterious story behind its name.
But let's take a leap in time: it was 1986 when the giant Nike decided to produce a version of the Air Jordan 1 in canvas with a name as simple as it is incisive: "KO". Each sneaker of the brand tells a particular event and fans all over the world have always wondered what the meaning of those simple two letters is. There are many hypotheses: some rumors say that KO is the acronym for "knockout" or "Knock-Off", but we always prefer the more creative version of the story. At the time, the Beaverton-based company was not a global sportswear giant and had staked everything on collaboration with champion Michael Jordan: a real bet that would have brought the brand very high or to a gigantic flop that would have made the company sink. . History told us that the "KO" never arrived, but above all that the Air Jordan 1 KO version was a brilliant idea.
Just like basketball, born as a street sport, this shoe fits perfectly to be worn every day, especially with the arrival of the hottest season. The sneaker is made of canvas, a more comfortable, resistant and at the same time breathable material. The 2021 edition takes up an old acquaintance, the "Chicago" colorway, already used in the "vintage" model and in that of 2014. The white and red canvas builds the upper almost entirely, from the end of the heel to the lining of the forefoot. Black leather accents design the signature Swoosh and padded collar, covered with red leather flaps displaying the "AJKO Wings" logo on the side.
But if we look back, the colors proposed in the past are really numerous. Let's go in chronological order: 2012 is marked by the classic "Bred" variant which uses the same color scheme of red, black and white up to the characteristic black and blue color block of the 2014 "Royal". From the "Shadow" released in 2015 up to the "Pure Platinum" of 2016 characterized by quilted suede inserts on the tip and sides. A model that lends itself to continuous changes ready to dust off the classic colors of the past.