All-Star Weekend Revives the Jordan 1 High OG ‘85

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Kass Jones

With the return of the annual All-Star Weekend sneaker lineup, 2020 packs some serious
heat. Whether it’s the newest collaboration between Virgil Abloh’s “Off White” and Jordan
Brand, Lebron’s Space Jam colorway, or Chicago exclusive Fire Red 3’s, the lineup of sneakers
is hefty. But of all the sneakers releasing next weekend, the Varsity Red Jordan 1 is probably the
most hype. Now, you might be asking why this specific shoe is top of the list… it’s not a Bred or
Chicago colorway and it’s not a collaboration, what’s the fuss? Well, the Varsity Red colorway
is releasing on a cut of the Jordan 1 High that strongly resembles the original 1985 version of the
shoe.
The Varsity Red colorway is yet again, another primarily black and red Jordan 1 seen
about a million times. Slightly different from the “Banned” Bred colorway. The actual cut of the
shoe is noticeably higher than OG Highs, Mids, and Lows. The midsole has a slight divot in the
middle of the length of the shoe. Designers at Jordan Brand claim they tried to make it as close to
the original 85 version as possible. I do not know what that entails: what was left out from the
original model, why couldn’t they have made it exactly the same? I’m not sure, however, what I
do know is that this shoe will be extremely limited, will do crazy resale numbers, and will be

near impossible to grab. Only 23,000 pairs are being produced in honor of MJ’s jersey number,
23.
The 85’ High cut has been rumored to release this year since about mid 2018 originally in
the ‘Banned Bred’ colorway and ‘Chicago’ colorway. It was stated by Nike last year that neither
would release in 2020. Then, recently, this shoe has surfaced all over the internet in this exact
colorway and fans realized it was actually going to happen. Scheduled for All-Star Weekend, the
Varsity Red Jordan 1 will be one of the most talked-about shoes of the turn of the decade.