Aug 14, 2023
by James Roberts
The Air Jordan 1 High OG ‘Satin Bred’ Makes a Slick Return
by James Roberts
Aug 14, 2023

Nike knows how to make sneakers fly. Off the shelves or towards the hoop, the Air Jordan 1 has been doing exactly that since 1985 when it first dropped in the iconic ‘Bred’ colorway. That bold combination of black, red and white (which was rumored to have been forbidden by the NBA’s dress code, hence the ‘Banned’ nickname), sent sneakerheads into a frenzy back then, and still does to this day.

So, when the rumor mills started predicting a re-release of 2016’s Air Jordan 1 High OG ‘Satin Bred’, the frenzy began again. Seven years ago, the ‘Satin Bred’ caused queues to form as fans lined up to snag one of only 501 pairs from a pop-up shop in New York City. That super-limited run made it one of the rarest Air Jordans of all time.

Luckily for us, the rumor mills are right, and the Air Jordan 1 High OG ‘Satin Bred’ is making a return later this year.

What makes this shoe so special is its satin upper construction. Inspired by Michael Jordan’s silky flight jackets that he used to don before games, the satin renders the sneaker in a soft sheen. Satin, these days, is made from polyester or rayon, which means that the ‘Satin Bred’ is little better than its all-leather predecessor. It might not be the most eco-friendly shoe you see this week (it’s full of plastics) but at least it’s cruelty- and animal-free.

The rest of the shoe features rubber in the outsole and Nike’s classic Air tech in the midsole to help the flyers out on court. All the iconic branding details are present including the Black Wings on the collar, the extended Swoosh around the heel and the embroidered tongue tag.

Another ‘Bred’ option is also dropping soon — the Air Jordan 1 KO Low ‘Bred’. This low top version has similar coloring but is constructed with a textile upper and leather detailing. And herein lies the kicker: two shoes, released within months of each other, but made with very different materials. One that has easily transitioned to an all vegan construction; the other that just can’t resist the allure and false-premium of animal leather.

It’s hard not to despair when you see an easy, cruelty-free win like this go to waste. And it’s why the ‘Satin Bred’ gets our money. Anyway, that satin finish is too fresh not to cop.

Keep your eyes peeled on October 18 when the Air Jordan 1 High OG ‘Satin Bred’ is set to drop at Nike, the Snkrs app, and select stockists globally, along with an exclusive tote bag. But guys with large feet might be disappointed: it’s only dropping in women’s sizing and kids’ sizes.