Jumpman 23 Updates Air Jordan 1

We’ve seen a lot of variations of the Jordan 1 including new colorways and the recent use of premium leathers, but we haven’t really seen new tech aside from Flyweave…until now. Jordan Brand dressed the entire upper with Flyknit making it lighter, flexible and breathable, which boils down to a huge increase in comfort – something this iconic silhouette has been lacking.

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If we’re specifically talking about GS pairs (small footer, here), they’ve NEVER been comfortable except for the 2017 Royal 1 which was a step up. Typically, the leather is stiff and the shape is off, but after receiving the Flyknit 1 I immediately noticed two things:

  • How lightweight they felt in-hand
  • The sole mold and ankle height of the high top took on the shape of the men’s Jordan 1

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As soon as I slipped them on, the comfort was there, from the Flyknit upper to the padded insole and leather detailing on the tongue and inner lining. The men’s version includes a zoom air unit in the heel as opposed to a standard air unit and I’m not mad that the GS version doesn’t include this feature. I’m just happy it has the other aforementioned updates and is seriously cozy.

I’ll admit the shape of the sole and ankle height have nothing to do with comfort, but shape is important to me and most sneakers just look better in men’s/women’s pairs versus kids’.

Bottom line: Would I buy another pair if more colorways released? Probably not. I’d be more inclined to buy a Jordan 1 that uses the same updated tooling with better leather on the upper instead of Flyknit. Say, the Shadow Grey 1 that’s dropping in 2018. That’d be an instacop, no question. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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Finally, Jordan Brand Brought Out Quality Leather for GS Air Jordan 1 Royals

It happened. Jordan Brand answered our prayers and used quality leather on GS Royal 1s. We’ve been asking for better materials on our Jordans for years and now that it’s a reality, I’m thankful…we’re (GS fam) thankful.

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At first sight, you immediately notice the tumble on the royal-colored leather…something we’re not accustomed to seeing on a pair of Js. You’ve heard of the food phrase, “If it looks good, it tastes good,” right? This is very much the case with the leather. As soon as you feel it, you notice how plush it is and are instantly reminded of what quality defines. Don’t get the wrong idea, it’s no Hermès Bolide bag, but I’m not taking the upgrade for granted.

Jordan Brand, please continue to use good quality leather on GS pairs. It would make myself, as well as so many other women happy. We have faith, don’t let us down!

For an on feet look at the Air Jordan 1 Royal, check out the video below: