Sole Contributor – #FootwearStare By Floren Asis


In this write-up of #FootwearStare, we’re going to look at the December 27th, 2018 release of the Sports Illustrated inspired Jordan 1 Retro High OG “A Star is Born.” The color paneling draws nostalgic feels from the cover of the December 10th, 1984 magazine
release which features a rookie version of MJ relentlessly attacking the Milwaukee Bucks (1-on-3: early GOAT mode) which includes Mike Dunleavy, Sidney Moncrief, and Paul Pressley (respectively from


As a sucker for stories, I was luckily one of the few that attempted to copp on release day via (US). With all the hype CWs that have released (and are releasing) for the AJ1, I feel this CW was heavily slept-on. In attempts to draw some hype for the drop, Nike timely unveiled Milwaukee’s Earned Edition jerseys where the paneling matches perfectly, which debuted on Christmas versus the Knicks at MSG (sorry Milwaukee, your market’s just so dang small). Regardless, this CW is for the historians!

This rendition of the AJ1 is one of the models that have a detached ankle collar.Within the detachment, you can read “A STAR” on the left, coupled with “IS BORN”on the right with the date of “Dec 10, 1984” all in glossy font (thoroughly enjoy secretly placed fine details).


On top of the black lacing that’s packaged in traditional AJ1 unlaced-fashion, a red and green set are included to match the Swoosh, Jordan Wings, and Nike Air branding. While the Nike Air on the tongue and Jordan Wings are screened, the Swoosh is heavily stitched (texture gives it so much pop!) onto a red leather border. The tumbled leather utilized to develop the upper is buttery soft, which comes with that fresh AJ1 out-the-box smell (I know y’all know what I’m talking ‘bout). The toe box, side paneling and mid-sole are listed as ‘sail’ (and appears as such), oppose to the potential perception of it being simply white through rendered pics. Lastly, an added touch to some fine deets (for all you Sneakerhead nerds): a powdery blue insole with Nike Air in white pulling inspiration from the font color used for ‘Sports Illustrated’ on the cover.



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