Check Out This Unreleased Air Jordan 1 KO 'Sashiko' Sample
The Air Jordan 1 KO is the most mysterious member of the Air Jordan 1 family. It's been brought back to market sporadically over the past decade, has seemingly faced an inordinate amount of challenges – the 2015 release of its 'Bred' colourway was cancelled entirely due to mouldy pairs arriving from factories – and has a wealth of funky colourways that range from unreleased 'Bordeaux' samples to a Billie Eilish colab. In short, it's a shoe for the collectors that love the oddities of Jordan Brand, and now its legacy has expanded with the reveal of a unique 'Sashiko' sample.
Shown off by bellicosely-named Instagram sneaker leaker @bitchlikemykicks, the Air Jordan 1 KO 'Sashiko' follows in the footsteps of similarly-styled Air Jordan 4s, SB Dunk Lows and Air Force 1s by drawing its inspiration from the indigo fabrics and thick white stitching of Japanese sashiko designs. Quite unlike its counterparts, its upper doesn't display a single shade of indigo – instead opting for bleached detailing that gives it a striking abstract marbling effect. This bold base is embellished further with thick navy blue seams and collar flaps, plus different Swooshes on each side and a tongue tag with special Japanese characters. Stark white midsoles and outsoles finalize the look.
As can be seen by the sample tag affixed to this pair, it's a pre-production creation that's not likely to see the light of day, as Jordan Brand and Nike's sashiko sneaker push took place over a few months in 2020-2021. However, it's well worth checking out in detail above!
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