If you’ve been into sneakers for longer then a decade or you’re just a sneaker history connoisseur in general, you might instantly recall a pair of Nike Air Dunks that the upcoming Air Jordan 1 Retro OG “Bio Hack” resemble. I’ll spare you the Google search and tell you that they are modeled after the 2005 Nike Air Dunk x Undefeated collaboration.
The Retro 1 OG “Bio Hack” kicks off a stacked Fall 2020 lineup for Jordan Brand by paying tribute to the great city of Tokyo with its mix of pastels, earth tones, and vibrant colors. The throat of the shoe (toe box, tongue, and sock liner) all pay homage to the neon signs found in the capital city of Tokyo. The toe box is almost a Tiffany Blue and is one of the only leather areas of the entire shoe. Bright Yellow is used for the tongue and instead of the standard-issue tongue label for Jordan 1 OG’s, you’ll find a vibrant Nike Air patch that features Racer Pink and Green stitching. The Racer Pink sock liner is the finishing touch to the vibrant color selections.
While the rest of the shoe is colored in more subdued swatches they make up for it in their premium construction. A rich Light Navy suede is used for the lace guards, forefoot swaths, and quarter panels. The Metallic Silver leather Swoosh is hard to overlook and sits atop the Black Suede side panels that then extend back and over the Baroque Brown Suede heels. The iconic Wings logo can be found on the ankle collar stamped in Black. The combination of loud and subtle colors all sit atop a faint Neon Green midsoles with Black soles.
It’s hard to notice at first, but what I personally love about this pair is the stitch work. I’m a big fan of light-colored thread used to stitch darker sneaker components. For example, the white thread used on the Baroque Brown heels of this pair. To me, it gives the shoe a more premium feel.