From slam dunk to home run.
While Michael Jordan will forever be known as one of the best basketball players in history, it's easy to forget that the Chicago Bulls icon also had a brief stint on the baseball field. In October 1993, MJ made the shock announcement that he was retiring from the hardcourt. After the death of his father, has had completely lost his desire to play basketball, and unexpectedly signed a Minor League Baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox. While his baseball career was definitely not as successful as his storied legacy with basketball, it looks like he hasn't totally forgotten about it, paying tribute to it with the upcoming Air Jordan 1 Retro MCS & Metal Baseball Cleats Collection.
Unveiled in a total of seven colorways, the Air Jordan 1 Retro MCS & Metal Baseball Cleats Collection takes the classic Air Jordan 1 High and reworks it for the baseball field. Varying in materials and colorways, the "University Red," "Game Royal," "Wolf Grey," and "Triple Black" options all feature a ripstop and suede combination, while the "White" arrives in an all-leather construction just like the original silhouette. The range also includes two "Panda" colorways as well. Most of the collection boasts conventional cleats below the Air midsole, but one of the "Panda" pairs feature full metal cleats underfoot for a more traditional look and feel. A Jumpman and Swoosh graces the tongue and sidewalls respectively, while a winged basketball insignia is finely printed on the collars as a tribute to the model's origins.
What's there not to love about the Air Jordan 1 Retro MCS & Metal Baseball Cleats Collection? Expected to hit Nike, the SNKRS app, and select Jordan Brand retailers worldwide sometime in Spring 2023, they'll be available in men's sizes with a retail price of $150. 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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