Air Jordan 1 High React: A fresh face of an icon

Nike starts to infuse its React technology into several of its popular silhouettes, such as the Nike React Presto and Jordan Proto-React. And to add another classic sneaker with React tech, the brand tweaked the iconic Air Jordan 1 High to conceive another eye-catching model; the Air Jordan High React silhouette. 

What made this sneaker stand out?

Jordan incorporated a whole lot of changes to Jordan 1 when it comes to aesthetics. Unlike the classic model, which is sleek and symmetrical, this modernized version has a futuristic style and overemphasized details:

  • The revolutionized version has 3D Swoosh details on the lateral side and flat leather Swoosh on the medial.
  • Unlike its predecessor that is made entirely of tumbled smooth leather, this model is covered with crumpy leather with nylon on the midfoot for breathability.
  • Running along the tongue is the nylon tab printed with the Jordan React.
  • The smooth midsole of the classic version was replaced with the wavy React midsole for a more cushy ride.
  • This updated version of a classic has a pair of extra thick shoelaces for durability and style.


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