Arguably, the Jordan 1 is the most popular sneaker in the Jordan brands lineup. And among the 1’s numerous variations, the Jordan 1 High is considered to be the cream of the crop, being the OG design that Michael Jordan himself first wore.
Recently, however, another Jordan 1 variant has stolen the thunder, so to speak, from the Highs. The Jordan 1 Low, once snubbed by so-called sneakerheads, has gotten much hype due to its easy-to-wear and matches-with-anything quality. Among the Lows, the OG version is particularly coveted, specifically because it’s how Jordan 1 Lows looked when they were first released. Today, we put our focus on the Jordan 1 Low OG Atmosphere Gray.
As OG variants are considered a bit “rarer,” materials are a notch above the normal Jordan 1 Lows (this is also true for the Highs, in case you’re curious). The tumbled leather is pretty nice, at par with its contemporaries—although the gray portions, which I initially thought were leather, are actually a thin suede. Leather would have probably been better for these parts. I mean if they insist on making it suede, what’s wrong with making it feel and look like suede?
Rating - B+
Do you know how to quickly tell if a Jordan 1 Low is an OG model or a “normal” one? Pro tip: Look at the heeltab - the Jordan wing logo for the OGs are on the tab while the normal ones have it directly on the heel. Now back to what we’re reviewing—the Jordan 1 Low OG Atmosphere Gray is a very clean shoe with a very clean colorway. Gray, white and sail meld well together. Also, it sort of has a bit of the vibes of Travis Scott’s latest Jordan collabs (which are OG Lows by the way).
As I said, you can wear this with anything. Jeans? Check. Shorts? Check. Sweats? Check. Boxers? As long as you’re wearing something over them in public - Check. All that being said…it lacks a bit of oomph for me. But that may be what draws a lot of people to it, being such a universally wearable shoe. Rating A-
If you’ve noticed, I try to feature kicks that you can still get off shelves. And this, amazingly enough, can still be found at several retailers. I wouldn’t sleep on them though, who knows when people wake up?
These are the bacon and eggs of the sneaker world - classics, not offensive, and something you can actually eat almost everyday without really getting too bored.
[An old school sneaker enthusiast, Rhobee Pilares enjoys street fashion, toys, cars, food and the excitement of busy, bustling cities. You can often catch him at coffee shops reading on the latest media trends. IG @rhobeelicious.]
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