The OG Nike Air Ship to Return for 35th Anniversary

The OG Nike Air Ship to Return for 35th Anniversary

35 years on, Mike’s actual Banned sneaker returns.

So, as it turns out, the rumored return of the Bred/Banned Air Jordan 1 for October/November 2019 wasn’t exactly unwarranted. In fact, we will be getting the OG Banned sneaker — but it’s not an Air Jordan 1. Yes, after 35 years of absence, the mythical Nike Air Ship is getting its first fully-fledged retrospective release, as per our sources inside the Swoosh. This news follows on from our hint at the retro via our Concept Air Jordan 1 “Air Ship” colorway, a pair that combines the marketed “Banned” and the actual banned sneakers.

Michael Jordan circa 1984/85 in the NBA-banned Nike Air Ship, complete with PE “Air Jordan” branding on the heels.

It was the Nike Air Ship that Mike first wore in a 1984 practice match at Madison Square Garden that forced the league to issue a sanction to Jordan. Shortly after the sneaker’s appearance, the NBA notified Nike and the Bulls that the black and red sneaker from the October 18th game broke the “uniformity of uniform rule,” and he would immediately have to stop wearing the colorway on court.

Michael Jordan in the Nike Air Ship @ MSG vs NYK, October 18th, 1984


A side by side comparison of the Nike Air Ship (reconstructed custom) and the Air Jordan 1 “Bred” via @mjo23dan

While official confirmation for the Nike Air Ship retro is still to be announced, many of the people that we’ve spoken to are pegging it for a Black Friday release — Friday the 29th of November. It is also a possibility that the pair will release on the 35th anniversary of the sneaker’s on-court debut on October 18th, 2019. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop when more details emerge. Stay tuned for first looks and all the info to follow.

Nike Air Ship

Color: Black/Gym Red-White
Release Date: Late 2019

Custom Nike Air Ship “Banned” via @MinuteMaidPapi

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