Air Jordan 1 Mid: A cut above the mediocre

The Air Jordan 1 Mid is the hybrid of AJ 1 High and Low. This version is a suitable piece for sneaker fans looking for a perfect heel collar without the restrictive feel of the high-top models. While many consider this "the most divisive model" in the AJ1 series, broader audiences praise this for its accessibility and affordability.

As Jordan continues to make the Mid significant, the brand offers a myriad of tech updates, fresh hues, and modern materials. The brand also collaborates with well-known names in the industry to give the AJ1 Mid a distinctive look. And to make it more buzzworthy, they present the AJ1 Mid in some of the most iconic Air Jordan 1 colorways, such as the Bred Toe, Banned, and the Hyper Royal. 

Why do some sneakerheads love to hate the Air Jordan 1 Mid?

What is there not to like about the Mid? This version looks almost identical to the AJ1 High, from its upper down to its outsole. However, many Air Jordan purists shudder at the Mid. Although the High version is sold at a way pricier tag and available at extremely limited numbers, many still prefer it better than the mid-top version.

Jordan sneaker nitpickers believe only the AJ1 High deserves to be in the spotlight. These sneakerheads give high regard to the taller version as most of Michael Jordan's professional milestones were all in the High. They also seem to prefer the colorways attached to the High to be exclusively for the High and not for the Mids. Meanwhile, some displeased fans consider the AJ1 mid as the knock-off version of the AJ1 High because of the lesser leather quality used on it. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Air Jordan, Air Jordan 1
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Peter Moore
Material: Leather, EVA, Cup Sole

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