Ja Morant Sneakers: Best Nike Ja 1 Colorways

From the vibrant "Day One" to the sleek "Midnight", here are the best colorways of the Ja 1!

BYChris Mobley

Ja Morant is one of the biggest rising stars in the NBA. Blazing with his flashy style on the court, Ja Morant has garnered a loyal fan base despite recent controversies. Since their first announcement, fans have been excited for Nike to drop their line of Ja Morant sneakers. With the Ja 1, Morant joins other NBA elites with their own signature Nike line, like Kevin Durant.

Reminiscent of Kyrie Irving’s line, the first line of Ja Morant sneakers features an entirely synthetic upper. The true-to-size fits, and other performance perks of the Ja 1, make the sneaker popular amongst hoopers and sneakerheads alike. Like other Nike signature shoes, the Ja 1 benefits from yearlong drops with awesome colorways. Though plenty of new colorways will be released later this year, fans are buzzing about the current roster. Here are the best-announced colorways of the new Ja Morant sneaker from Nike, the Ja 1!

Ja 1 “Light Smoke Grey”

The calm approach of this modest colorway is still appreciated by fans of the newly released Ja Morant sneakers. The white, gray, and black colorway accents the vibrant hits of yellow on the tongue and heel branding. The usual graphics seen in other colorways are absent, replaced by the mismatched color arrangement on the sneaker. This is where the white mesh base shoe gets its flare. Though not as bold as the “Mis-Match” Ja 1 colorway, the “Light Smoke Grey” still has plenty of personality. 

The right sneaker sports gray on the swooshes and midfoot panel, while the swooshes on the left sneaker are black. The color scheme of the left sneaker is white to light grey at the midsole. On the right sneaker, the color scheme goes from off-white at the midsole to white. 

Though toned down compared to other colorways, the “Light Smoke Grey” Ja 1 is still a uniquely new option among the Ja Morant sneakers.  With its fresh white mesh base and sharp mismatched color scheme, fans are excited to get their hands on this colorway in time for the Spring.

Ja 1 “Scratch”

The first colorway of the Ja Morant sneaker to officially drop , the “Scratch” colorway was a good first impression for the Ja 1. This colorway matches the Memphis Grizzlies’ alternate uniforms. Additionally, the team wore this colorway back when they were located in Vancouver. The Ja Morant sneaker has a turquoise blue mesh with black and dark red accents throughout the leather upper. The defining feature of this colorway is the Grizzlies claw marks on the front, swooshes, and midsole. Other details include Morant’s logo on the tongues and the “12” branding on the heels. 

Ja 1 “MisMatch”

This colorway borrows its color scheme from the Ja 1 “Game Royal University Red." The left shoe sports a Game Royal/ Black, University Red and Photo blue color scheme, which is reversed on the right shoe. Black accents and red speckling on the bottoms bring home the fresh look of the mismatched pair. The colorway contains the Ja 1’s usual flashy graphics, with the familiar “12” donning the heel and tongue. It is a more “plain” and solid colorway, and the “Mismatch” still has enough character to keep sneakerheads excited. 

Ja 1 “Midnight”

This colorway makes it easy to bet on black! The Anthracite/Metallic Silver-Cobalt Bliss color scheme looks great on the all-black mesh and leather upper. In fact, this colorway also has other eye-catching features apart from its sleek black color scheme. The “12AM” lace dubrae and Nike Ja hangtag give the sneaker extra swagger. Diamond-like stones on the wrap-around swooshes and “IT’S 12AM SOMEWHERE” written on the heel are incredible details of the sneaker. The vivid details, along with the subtle color scheme, makes the “Midnight” a very slept-on colorway from the line of Ja Morant sneakers.

Ja 1 “Day One”

One of the latest released colorways, this Ja Morant sneaker was unveiled first despite the late release. Fans of Ja Morant have been hyped for this release since they were revealed on Christmas Day 2022. This Spring release of the Ja Morant sneaker has a boldly vibrant color scheme of Cobalt Bliss, Citron Tint, Hot Punch, Medium Soft Pink, and Diffused Blue. The gradient wrap-around Swoosh and mismatched tongue logos also give the shoes extra flare. 

The vibrant colorway also has other subtle details to excite the sneakerheads. The Ja 1’s trademark “12AM” text covers the shoe's heel, giving it character. A text dedication to his beloved friends, family, neighborhood, and community is printed on the bottom. All these features make the Ja 1 Day One among fans' top-coveted Ja Morant colorways. 

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