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Jordan Brand officially unveiled the Air Jordan 1 Retro Flyknit last month, bringing sneakerheads an updated take on the icon that started it all. Ahead of the new silhouette’s launch in the classic “Banned” colorway, our good friends at Stadium Goods lent us a pair of the Air Jordan 1 Hi OG Retro from last year to give you a side-by-side look at the two sneakers.

Most notably, the Air Jordan 1 Retro Flyknit is… well, Flyknit. Some you may be reminded of the AJ1 featuring Flyweave construction from the MTM pack released in 2015, but this new sneaker is in a league of its own.  The Air Jordan 1 Retro Flyknit uses varying textures and patterns to present the appearance of the overlaying leather panels found on the original Air Jordan 1, without compromising the extremely flexible upper.

A simple leather Swoosh and heel tab offer a subtle nod to the OG, with further details including a leather “Wings” logo patch – a slight change from the debossed black logo of the original. The premium accents continue with a black leather tongue tag, inner collar lining and insole to give a more luxurious feel to the basketball sneaker. A print that reads “19852017” honors the original stamps found on pairs of the Air Jordan 1 back in 1985.

The Air Jordan 1 Retro Flyknit also installs a Zoom Air unit into the heel of the otherwise unchanged sole, adding comfort under the hood while maintaining the classic visual.

You can get your hands on both the Flyknit and OG versions of the Air Jordan 1 “Banned” right now at Stadium Goods, or look forward to the retail release of the Air Jordan 1 Retro Flyknit on September 9.

For more updated versions of classic basketball kicks, check out the new Supreme x Nike SB Air Force 2.

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