Go back to the 1982 NCAA Championship with the kids.
Even though Michael Jordan was rocking Converse and adidas sneakers during his time at the University of North Carolina, the brand that carries his name is looking to pay homage to one of his most iconic moments, his game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game. Unfortunately, for those who still remember the event like it was yesterday, the Air Jordan 1 Mid SS “Game-Winner” will be just for the kiddos.
Coming in classic UNC shades of white and university blue, the silhouette flips the script on your typical Carolina-based colorway. Everything appears normal on the medial side of the sneaker as the university blue toebox, mudguard, and heel collar get accented by a white midfoot panel with a Nike Swoosh that matches the overlays, though the lateral side is where this sneaker gets its name. A graffiti-style graphic in black and white showcases MJ’s shot with the then Tar Heel’s coach, Dean Smith, looking in awe, surrounded by a gradient Nike Swoosh in borrowing the two-tone colors of the graphic. Running up the blue tongue is a set of white laces, though they do hide the basketball net motif stitched atop the mesh. Aside from this, your standard AJ 1 Mid details remain with the Jordan Wings logo, collar, and sockliner coming in white. Rounding out the look is the white AJ 1 midsole paired with a university blue rubber outsole.
The Air Jordan 1 Mid SS Game-Winner GS is slated to release in September 2022 through Nike and select Jordan Brand retailers online and in-store. Coming in grade school, pre-school, and toddler sizing, the retail price for GS pairs will be $120. Check out our Jordan release calendar, and keep it locked to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app. If you're looking for a more in-depth breakdown of the Air Jordan 1 and upcoming releases, check out our Air Jordan 1 Buyers Guide and our Air Jordan 1 Release Dates Page.
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