Jordan 1 Banned 1985 Dunk Contest via Sneaker History

August 30, 2016

Last updated on September 12, 2016

Air Jordan 1 Retro "Bred"

Bred, Banned, Black and Red, Playoffs, whatever you want to call the Chicago-inspired Air Jordan 1, just remember it’s the one that started it all. The Banned Jordan 1, or as many will call it, the Bred Air Jordan 1 Retro releases for the first time in 3 years on September 3rd, 2016. This year’s release is expected to sell out, despite the rumors of production numbers being on the high side.

Air Jordan 1 Retro "Bred" Banned

Back in June of 1984, Michael Jordan was drafted by the Chicago Bulls. Fresh off a gold medal winning Olympics in Los Angeles, MJ made his debut for the Bulls in the 1984-1985 NBA pre-season wearing the Air Ship. In November, Michael Jordan laced up the Nike Air Jordan 1 for the first time. The legend of the Air Jordan 1 being “Banned” is marketing gold, yet the truth behind the story might be slightly different than most remember, nothing could take away the impact that Michael Jordan’s first signature sneakers had on the next 30+ years of basketball footwear, especially the Bred Air Jordan 1.

MJ eventually wore the black and red Nike Air Jordan 1 during the 1985 Slam Dunk Contest, which is considered by most to be the greatest slam dunk competition of all time. It marked the first of many battles between Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins. Wilkins, aka “The Human Highlight Film” took home the win in the first battle with “His Airness” Michael Jordan but MJ would get the best of ‘Nique at slam dunk contests in the years that followed.

The black and red (aka “Bred”) colorway of the Air Jordan 1 may have been seldom worn by MJ but the colorway, which he called ugly and the “devils colors”, has become as legendary as the man himself in three decades since it first released.

You can pre-Bid and Pre-Sell the 2016 Air Jordan 1 Bred now and check out the 5 things you need to know about the release below.

Check out Michael Jordan wearing the original Air Jordan 1 Bred back in 1985 in a photoshoot done for the NBA with Patrick Ewing.

Air Jordan 1 Bred/Banned worn by Michael Jordan