Was is the difference between Air Jordan high and Air Jordan low?

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asked Dec 28, 2019 in HST251 by iblogs (260 points)

Let’s talk about the difference between Cheap Air Jordan highs vs Lows. The names are pretty self-explanatory, the highs sit higher on the ankle which help support the ankle and the lows sit lower. Initially it would be uncommon to see low tops on the basketball court, high tops simply ruled the game. In 2008, however, Nike started releasing low tops from their Nike Zoom Kobe line, and as Kobe was killing it on the court the shoes too started killing it, resulting in a surge in popularity. Nowadays it is reported that roughly half of the players in the NBA are wearing low tops. There were fears that an increase in low tops could also result in an increase in injuries, however, it was found that most injuries were caused by one player landing on another player’s foot, and in scenarios like this the difference in support between a low and high top became negligible. 

With all of that being said we admit that performance on the court isn’t the main focus for Jordans anymore, now it’s about how they look on the streets. When wearing lows, you’re given a little more freedom in the sense that they often will pair nicely with short or jeans, whereas, it’s typically best to just stick with jeans when wearing high Air Jordans. When wearing jeans or long pants with low Air Jordan Shoes you should keep two things in mind. Firstly, baggy jeans that hang over the shoe too much can be a bit distracting and take some of the attention away from your fresh kicks. Secondly, it’s good to show some ankle by rolling your jeans up slightly, otherwise what's the point of wearing lows? 

If you’re wearing highs the same general rule applies to wearing a slimmer fitting pair of jeans but if you decide to go shorts, I have found that baggier shorts actually accentuate the look more. 

Air Jordan 1 History

Did you know that when the Air Jordan 1 was first released it was just known as Nike Air Jordan. These shoes hit the shelves in 1985 after Michael Jordan signed a $2.5 million dollar (Would be about $6million today if adjusted for inflation) endorsement deal with Nike. This line of shoes all started here but it could have turned out differently if Jordan had received the deal with Adidas that he originally wanted. Prior to the invention of the Air Jordan line, Michael Jordan would wear what was known as the Nike Air Ship (Image included below). 

Some fans at the time thought Nike was getting ahead of themselves as Michael Jordan was a rookie at the time and was picked third in the draft. He soon after scored 62 points against the Celtics which shut all the critics down. The first pair released was the Jordan 1 Retro Bred "Banned". They got the name Bred from being a combination of Black and Red and the “Banned” nickname came from the fact that Michael Jordan would be fined $5000 every game for wearing them. The reason he was fined was because the colors were not permitted to be worn with his home colors and Nike made an effort to pay this fine every game as they thought it was a good marketing strategy (how right they were!). The next colorway released was the OG White and Black – Red AJ1. The third colorway released was the OG Black Toe White / Black / Red AJ 1. It’s worth noting that the first few releases of the Air Jordan line all followed a similar color scheme to match the Chicago Bulls colors (the team that Michael Jordan was playing for at the time). As the years passed the target audience for Air Jordans expanded to the point where just about every team in the NBA has their own colorway. 

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