Verdict from 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Accessible: The majority, including people with disabilities like quadriplegia, is extra pleased with the Air Jordan 1 Hi FlyEase's unique closure system that makes slipping the shoe on and off a cinch.
  • Conversation starter: The first of its kind in the AJ line, passersby can't help but ask questions and give these bad boys a second glance.
  • Attractive: Apart from bearing the Jordan 1's captivating retro looks, its color blocking is also described as "slick," "cool," and "dope."
  • Quality material: Although the leather isn't premium, it's still of good quality. It's soft, smooth, and does not crease easily.
  • Accurate sizing: Its true-to-size fit is a plus.
  • Solid support: Sufficient ankle support can be expected from its padded high-top collar.

1 reason not to buy

  • Patchy AJ1 version: Jordan 1 fanatics notice the minor changes like the Jumpman tag on the tongue and the regular Jordan box. They wished this iteration had all the small details the OG had.

Bottom line

Whether you're always on the go or you find lacing shoes a tedious task, the Air Jordan 1 Hi FlyEase is for you. Nike ensured to keep "most" of what we love about the OG AJ1s - from the upper to the sole - intact. The difference? This retro AJ1 version is equipped with FlyEase that turns into a slip-on in just one quick-and-easy hand motion. What's more, it comes with a friendly price tag.

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Air Jordan 1 Hi FlyEase: The holiest grail made easily accessible for all

Who doesn't adore the AJ1s? Every sneakerhead considers this a holy grail. All thanks to the Swoosh brand, anyone and everyone can now have it.

With the addition of a Velcro strap here and a zipper there, the AJ1 Hi FlyEase from the Fearless One collection just made the sneaker realm a safer haven for ALL. This includes people with issues with their fine motor skills. As we all know, people with special needs have the same "wants" as we do, including the AJ1s.

All about the FlyEase tech 

Now, this shoe's defining feature is the FlyEase tech. A Tobie Hatfield creation, this ease-of-entry tech is behind AJ1's significant change. 

In 2012, 16-year old Matthew Waltzer asked Nike to make a sneaker that's specifically engineered for people who has a hard time tying their laces. Nike obliged. Tobie made it all happen, and the Lebron Soldier 8 FlyEase was born.

Initially used on performance kicks, you'll notice that the FlyEase tech varies from one sneaker to another. At times you'll see it in the form of a collapsible heel like the one on the Nike Air Max 90 FlyEase.  Other times, it's set up with an ultra-bendable sole like the one on the Nike Go. This time around, you'll see it constructed with a hook-and-loop strap attached to a zipper that goes from the medial side to the heel and another Velcro strap hiding behind a pseudo-lacing system.


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