Highsnobiety aims to provide our readers with the latest updates in the sneaker world. However, we cannot verify the reliability of any unauthorized leaks or rumors unless this information is provided directly by the brands themselves.

Nike could be bringing back the Nike Air Ship, the sneaker worn by Michael Jordan during his rookie season, before the Air Jordan 1 made its official debut. This rumor comes following images shared by fragment design’s Hiroshi Fujiwara on Instagram (above and below).

The images show a large Nike box with a half-and-half design (below) containing two sneakers. One is the aforementioned Air Ship, while the other is a red/white Air Jordan 1 High that comes with the OG hangtag used in 1985. With the Air Jordan 1 High turning 35 next year, it looks like the Swoosh could be bringing back the Air Ship as part of the anniversary celebrations.

At this point, it’s an open secret that the Nike Air Jordan 1 was never really banned. Instead, it was actually the Nike Air Ship — the sneaker Michael Jordan wore before the AJ1 — that the NBA fined Michael Jordan for wearing. MJ wore the Air Ship early in his rookie season in 1984. The Air Ship did not adhere to uniform regulations due to their color scheme, causing the NBA to fine Jordan every time he wore them during games.

Nike, of course, has never openly admitted to this being the case, though the brand has acknowledged the Air Ship on its official timeline of Air Jordans.

It’s already been rumored that Nike will be dropping a true-to-the-OG Nike Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” during NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago next year, so it would make sense for other historic moments and stories associated with the sneaker to make a comeback, the Air Ship included.

As always, stay tuned for updates.

What To Read Next

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.