Back in 2018, news broke that the Off-White™ x Nike Air Jordan 1 was supposed to have a visible airbag, and now Virgil Abloh has shared images of the first-ever sample pair he produced.
Abloh shows the pair in a series of Instagram images that see a white AJ1 in both physical form and as a digital mockup. He describes the sneaker as “the exact pair that kicked off an epiphany,” and goes on to talk about how he took an Exacto knife to the sneaker and how that unfolded into becoming “The Ten” collection.
The sample pair seen in his uploads has been drawn on, deconstructed and worn-in. The sole unit sports a sketch of where the airbag would be, while the swoosh has been attached with blue tape and sits atop an exposed interior construction. Elsewhere, we see a collar around the top of the shoe that is stripped back to its foam base, as well as stitching at the rear-quarter that has been unpicked.
Take a closer look at the very-first Off-White™ x Nike Air Jordan 1 sample in Abloh’s post below.
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