No athlete has embraced the Air Jordan 1 in their professional career quite like Nigel Sylvester. The pro BMX rider has made Michael Jordan’s OG signature sneaker his go-to, almost exclusively lacing up in the AJ1 every time he hits the pedals. In recognition of his Jay appreciation — and impeccable talents, of course — Jordan Brand have whipped up a special AJ1 make-up dedicated to Sylvester, which they have just revealed in full.
The ‘Sail’ coloured AJ1 features a pre-distressed upper that mimics the wear and tear typical of Sylvester’s own pairs after being thrashed out on the streets. The distressing has been done by hand, and the overall look is reminiscent of Lance Mountain’s Air Jordan 1 x Nike SB colab from 2014, which featured paint-covered uppers that stripped back with wear to reveal OG AJ1 make-ups beneath. It’s not clear whether Sylvester’s design features the same hidden ability, but early leaked images showed a completely different design that could easily be concealed beneath. Guess we'll need to put in the hard yards and find out for ourselves!
Other unique features of Sylvester’s design include mini Swooshes on the toe boxes, reflective medial branding, and ‘Jordan Biking Co., Est. 2017’ printed on the inner lining as a nod to the year the project launched.
The Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 is slated for release in late August. Stay with us for the exact release date.