This weekend was one of the best and worst for those who caught onto the Air Jordan 1 ‘Banned’ craziness. The Nike Factory store in Portland received more than 100 pairs of the Air Jordan 1 ‘Banned’ that featured the Nike Air on the tongue, amazing leather, and probably the closest to the OG model. Many were confused about the Banned 1 release because it never hit retailers but if they were to hit this year, we have some bad news for the OG lovers that weren’t able to scoop up a pair. If the ‘Banned 1’ were to release, The version that will hit retailers will be the one that features the Jumpman on the back, tongue and Leather X’s on the heel and Wing logo. You may ask, ‘Why did they show up at the outlets? Well, Let’s just say the few that weren’t destroyed, needed to be moved in a quick manner, therefore randomly showing up at a factory store.  After the Jump, You can check out the ‘B-Grade’ and the version that will be hitting retailers.

Air Jordan 1 Banned (2)

Notice anything different? Black X, Jumpman on the tongue, Narrow toe box. While the ‘B-Grade’ has kept it’s OG status with Nike air on the tongue, slim and not bulgy, tumbled leather.

Air Jordan 1 Banned (4)

The heel of the potential release will be having the rubber X covering the Jumpman. The B-Grade features an Ex that blends in with the red colorway.

Air Jordan 1 Banned (1) Air Jordan 1 Banned (5)

Air Jordan logo X’d out on the potential release, B-Grade is displayed freely.

Air Jordan 1 Banned (3) Air Jordan 1 Banned (6)

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  1. The B grades are sooo much better, they smell like dat good leather too :-) these other joints with the X's on em look like payless pleather

  2. I'm so glad and blessed that I was able to cop 3 pairs, the new version potentially coming out late this year looks like a disaster


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