Michael Jordan's Infamous Banned Sneakers Resurface: Photos

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Michael Jordan is famous for his banned sneakers in 1984 although there are misconceptions as to which silhouette was truly banished.

If you're a sneakerhead who knows a lot about Michael Jordan, you have probably heard about the "Banned" sneakers from 1984. At this point, most people think of the Air Jordan 1 when you hear the word "Banned." In fact, Jordan Brand refers to the black and red Air Jordan 1 as the "Banned" colorway but as it turns out, this was simply a marketing tool to sell more sneakers back in the 80s. If you really know your Jordan history, you know that the banned sneaker was actually the Nike Air Ship which he wore at the start of his career.

During last night's episode of "The Last Dance," the GoodwinSports Twitter account posted some photos of their banned Nike Air Ship's which were worn and signed by MJ himself. As the account states in the post below, this sneaker was one of the first two pairs worn by MJ at the start of the 1984-85 season.

This pair is incredibly beaten up and worn out although, for a shoe that is 36 years old, they are in fairly decent shape. Not to mention, they must be incredibly expensive considering just how rare and important they are to Michael Jordan's rich sneaker history.

If you're a sneaker fanatic, you can't help but marvel at the history behind these.


About The Author
Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.