Original Story (11/1/19): Wear-away uppers have become a popular trend in sneakers lately, mostly thanks to the success of the recent collabs between Nike SB and Jordan Brand, such as the “NYC to Paris” and “Chicago to LA” colorways of the Air Jordan 1. Those releases were followed by Eric Koston’s “UNC” and “Midnight Navy” iterations of the Air Jordan 1 Low, and while they didn’t feature wear-away uppers, they did set the blueprint for the next Nike SB x Jordan Brand collab.
Eric Koston himself was spotted wearing a yet-unreleased pair of Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 Lows at the 2019 NBA KIA Tip-Off. The pair appears to have been skated in, since the “Desert Ore” upper is torn at the toes, revealing a UNC layer on the right shoe and a Royal layer on the left.
The Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 Low “Desert Ore” is expected to release on December 6th at select retailers for a retail price of $120 USD. Check out Eric Koston’s pair in the images below and stay tuned to Modern Notoriety for more info on this release.
Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 Low “Desert Ore”
Color: Desert Ore/Royal Blue-Dark Powder Blue
Release Date: December 6, 2019 (Skate Shops)
Release Date: December 9, 2019 (SNKRS)
Price: $120 USD
Update (11/19/19): Check out detailed photos of the Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 Low “Desert Ore” below. They feature a tear-away linen upper and UNC and Royal colorways underneath. These are inspired by Lance Mountain, who’s seen wearing a Jordan 1 “UNC” and a Jordan 1 “Royal” in the 1987 skateboarding film The Search For Animal Chin.
Update (12/02/19): The Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 Low “Desert Ore” has appeared on SNKRS with a release date of December 9th, a few days after they release at skate shops and select retailers. Remember to check your local skate shops for any release/raffle info. Check out the photos below to see what they look like on-feet and how they look with the desert ore upper cut off.
First look photos: