The Classic Air Jordan Gets a Flashy Patent Leather Upgrade

This is how you dress up a sneaker.
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This is how you dress up a sneaker.
(Photo: Jordan Brand/Sneaker Politics)

(Photo: Jordan Brand/Sneaker Politics)

Air Jordan high-tops, no matter the material or fancy upgrade, remain, inherently, athletic shoes. But a recent model, in lustrous patent leather, makes a strong case for being left on when off the court.

The glossy black Air Jordan 1 Retro High sneakers leave a far more polished impression, in full-grain leather worthy of a dress shoe. The upper is made from nubuck material, also giving them the timeless appeal of a Chelsea boot. They look sharp, but definitely weren't meant for play.

(Photo: Jordan Brand/Sneaker Politics)

(Photo: Jordan Brand/Sneaker Politics)

Still, the unmistakable swoosh and Air Jordan remind users of their basketball sneaker silhouette, further driven home by the sporty white midsole. It may be a tricky balance, but these weren't built for sneakerheads who play it safe.

(Photo: Jordan Brand/Sneaker Politics)

(Photo: Jordan Brand/Sneaker Politics)

The Air Jordan 1 Retro High is now available through e-retailers like Sneaker Politics for a reasonable $150.

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h/t Hypebeast