1985 was the year that the very first Nike Air Jordan shoe was released. It's a shoe that would go on to launch a timeless and endless series of sneakers inspired by arguably the greatest NBA player of all time.
I remember having a pair of these as a kid except I had the red and black ones (known to sneakerheads as the "Banned" Jordan 1s)
Loved the black and red but always wanted the red/white/black ones as well (aka the "Chicago") but never had that colorway. However, what I did have sitting in my bedroom was a pair of unworn white/infrared Jordan 1s:
I had these sitting around since spring and had no idea what theme I wanted to do on them. Actually, me and a friend talked about doing a speed lapse video of me creating a custom from start to finish and thought I would do something on these for that video but he never got back to me about it (if he reads this, I still wanna do that video evntually! Lol). So one day, I got the idea that I wanted to revisit the marble floors theme but in a different color (see the original ones here). Brainstormed for a while on some color ideas and then figured, "Why not do that OG Jordan 1 colorway I always wanted as a kid but never had?" Figured it would look awesome in the marble theme plus the infrared sole on these would blend nicely.
So after about a good 12-13 hours of work here is the finished product:
Instead of a Nike or Jordan jumpman logo on the tongue tags, I put the year 1985 in an old school style font on the tags instead. And for good measure, here's a top to bottom comparison with the original Jordan 1s from 85 and the custom version:
Now this custom pair is for my own personal collection. However, if interested I can remake this Jordan 1 theme (customer would have to supply the shoe if they want them on the infrared 1s). I can also do them in different colors and/or a different shoe if desired. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (prices start between $150 to $200 and depend on desired style and cost of shoe or if you plan to send your own).