ARTICLE BY Ross Dwyer
Air Jordan 1 KO 'Bordeaux' Sample
Air Jordan 1 KO 'Bordeaux' Sample

Peep An Unreleased Air Jordan 1 KO 'Bordeaux' Sample

A singular piece of the Air Jordan 1's legacy, the Air Jordan 1 KO is a blocky canvas silhouette with a more skate-ified look than the OG AJ 1. Depending on who you ask, the 'KO' at the end of its name may stand for 'Knockout' or even 'Knockoff' – Instagram sleuth @goodbirger has dug up some 1980s newspaper clippings that indicate the latter may well be the official meaning – and it's become somewhat of a cult favourite, even serving as the centrepiece of a recent Billie Eilish colab.

Besides Billie, the Air Jordan 1 KO also made a return to market in 'Storm Blue' and 'Chicago' colourways last year, but we've recently had a chance to look at a sample 'Bordeaux' pair that never released, due to cancellations, supply chain issues or something else entirely.

What we do know, however, is that this Air Jordan 1 KO 'Bordeaux,' revealed by somewhat aggressively-titled Instagram sneaker collector @bitchlikemykicks, repurposes a classic Jordan Brand colour scheme in an interesting new fashion. Its canvas upper is split between tan and black shades, while the rich 'Bordeaux' tone that gives it its name can be seen on the Swoosh, the laces and the collar's famed ball-and-wings branding. Nike Vandal-style midsoles and 'Bordeaux' outsoles round off the look.

This pair likely will never see the light of day as the AJ1 KO's return was a 2021 initative. However, you can check it out above – and keep it locked to SF for all your breaking Air Jordan news!,

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