Concept Lab // Air Jordan 1 High “Varsity”
There’s always been a strong connection with varsity jackets, streetwear, and retro hoops shoes, with the three often in the presence of the others. ore recently, we’ve seen Nike and Jordan Brand deliver garment-inspired releases that fit this bill. The upcoming “Sports Specialties” collection honors snapbacks and retro outerwear, while Aleali May’s debut Air Jordan 1 from 2017 was a direct call-out to vintage Starter and sports jackets from the 1990s. What we’d love to see, though, is the silhouette see a more obvious arrangement that channels the school and sporting spirit in which Mike showed for the Tar Heels. So, we took that inspiration into the lab — the result? this customizable Air Jordan 1 High “Varsity” complete with interchangeable Swooshes, Wings logos, and UNC insignia.
For the base, we’ve kept a simple white leather finish, with Velcro-like loop overlays in OG UNC blocking. The Checks come interchangeable, with Dark Navy, uni Blue, and White sets available, with a plethora of UNC, NCAA, and Jordan Brand patches to tack onto the upper at your perusal. An added mini Swoosh sits at the forefoot, while three sets of laces (white, blue, and navy) join two-tone sole units to complete our concept design.
Take a look for yourself below in a few variations, and if you’re looking for more of our concept sneakers, then you can check out every single one of them right here.
Air Jordan 1 High “Varsity”
From the HOUSE OF HEAT Concept Lab