Can You Believe Michael Jordan’s First Signature Sneaker Cost Less Than $30?
I have a confession to make: I don’t wear Air Jordans. Save for the one pair my mom scrounged up the money for back when I was, like, 10, I’ve more or less resisted the temptation to fill my closet up with a bunch of Js—mostly due to the fact that I’m still pissed off about the fact that I never used to be able to afford them back when I really wanted them.
Sure, there are a few pairs I’d like to get. And Michael Jordan was, is, and always will be my favorite basketball player of all-time. So it’d make sense for me to buy a couple pairs of Js at this point in my life, now that I can afford to do it myself. But I still don’t. Maybe I’m still holding a grudge. Maybe I’m being stubborn. Or maybe I’ve just gotten used to not wearing Jordans for so long that it really doesn’t bother me when I open up my closet and don’t see any Air Jordan logos staring back at me.
Anyway, I bring all of this up because it seems that if I was born a few years earlier than I was, I might be rocking Jordans on the reg right now. Earlier this week, the guys over at Complex found a pair of original Air Jordan 1s on eBay that are currently selling for 725 bucks. But, as it turns out, those sneakers were a whoooooooole lot cheaper back in 1985 when they were first released.
In fact, according to the photos accompanying the auction, the AJ1s that are up for sale were purchased for just 30 dollars—yes, 3-0!—back in the day at a J.C. Penney. Of course, that was the clearance price (Jordans on clearance, people!) but the regular price of $64.99 sounds just as reasonable, even when you take into account the fact that $64.99 in 1986 is different than $64.99 today.
So, I guess that settles that. If I’d been born in 1973 instead of 1983, I would probably be rocking Air Jordans religiously right now. But regardless of how I feel about them, it’s hard not to respect how far Jordans and the Jordan Brand have come since 1985 when you consider where they started. And this sneaker was the one that started it all.