Sneaker News welcomes the 2015 release of the Air Jordan 1 Retro KO Hi “White/Varsity Red”. Originally sold in 1985, the latest version now carries all the tech innovations of the last few decades. Unlike the other Air Jordan brands, the Retro KO Hi “White/Varsity Red” is simpler in its look, but the classy design makes it hard to dispute that this directly comes from the collection of His Airiness.
The Air Jordan 1 Retro KO Hi “White/Varsity Red” is a combination of just two powerful colors: red and white. The body is done predominantly in white with the Nike logo emblazoned in red and occupying a large portion of the side, going all the way to the heel. The tongue and laces are also done in white with the red Jump Man logo obviously present on the top end of the tongue. The words “Air” are spelled right below the Jump Man, leaving no one wondering exactly where the shoes come from. Red accents along the edge of the tongue add to the overall look of the design. Aside from the Jump Man logo, there is also the traditional ball design on the upper portion side done in red.
What is really interesting about the Air Jordan 1 Retro KO Hi “White/Varsity Red” is the midsole which is dressed in a yellowing color. At first glance, it actually makes the shoe seem older which is why Nike made it possible to remove the yellowing, in case you want something with a cleaner silhouette. The seam is ribbed and done in a paler yet equally bright red.
Unlike other Air Jordan models, the Retro doesn’t have the Jump Man logo emblazoned on the bottom of the shoe. In its place is the Nike logo which is equally attractive. The bottom portion is done completely in red with classic lines and markings.
Compared to the 1985 version, the 2015 Air Jordan 1 Retro KO Hi “White/Varsity Red” features a more eye-popping color palette but with few variations. The biggest difference would be the ribbed edges and the addition of the yellowing midsole which is removable. The red accents on the tongue is also new to the 2015.
Coming from Nike and an undisputed classic from the Jordan Brand, there is no question that the company poured a lot into the manufacturing process of the Retro. Materials used are primarily leather with extensive stitching to ensure that the sole stays in place. Thick and comfortable, there is no question that the Retro is made for heavy duty use, on and off court. The shoes are remarkably light, which can be expected from the Air Jordan.
The Jordan release date for this particular model is set on March this year, which means that it is already in stores now. You can purchase it from any Jordan Brand store or just go online and place an order through different websites. The model currently sells for $125 which is definitely cheaper than other models today sold as part of the Remastered, 30 Years Celebration series. No word whether the model will be available in GS.