The popularity of the Air Jordan 1 has naturally lead Jordan Brand to implement an array of alternate models to quench the market’s thirst. In addition to the mainstay AJ1 High, Mid, and Low, Jordan Brand has recently introduced new variations like the Twist and Zoom CMFT, while also paying tribute to its old school originals in the High ’85 and the 2021 return of the OG Air Jordan 1 Low. Another oft-forgotten original model is the AJKO, a lightweight, canvas, and leather option which debuted way back in 1986. After a 7 year hiatus, the silhouette is set to return in 2021, and it’s expected to debut in its most famous colorway, the Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago”.`
The canvas-clad upper arrives in the legendary red, white, and black blocking made famous by its predecessor, though it is inherently different thanks to a material overhaul and some subtle design tweaks. Notably, the heel overlays are removed, leaving a blank white rear-end that’s immediately identifiable to the silhouette. Outsoles, too, are adjusted to a “zoomed-in” finish, and AJKO branding on the ankle Wings motif completes the design.
Update 12.22.20 // Official images of the 2021 Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago” have now arrived, indicating a release for early on in the new year, though a release date has not been listed. As always, we’ll be sure to keep you updated with any and all details right here on our official Twitter account, so be sure to give us a follow. Until then, though, you can grab an eyeful of the release here below, and if you’re looking for information on other upcoming Air Jordan Release Dates for 2021, you can check out our full rundown of the year ahead right here.
Update 01.19.21 // A release date for the Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago” AJKO has been earmarked for May 12th, with pairs set for a retail price of $140. Stay tuned for a full list of raffles and retailers stocking the drop as we edge closer to its release.
Update 04.28.21 // Nike has just confirmed the May 12th release for the Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago” AJKO, with pairs now listed for a SNKRS release from 10 am ET on the day. If you’re planning on picking up a pair on the day, make sure you head to our dedicated Jordan Release Dates Calendar to set yourself a reminder for the drop.
Release Date: May 12th, 2021
Style Code: DA9089-100
Color: White/Black/University Red
Where to Buy:
Nike.com @ 10 am ET
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