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