Collectors Paradise: The Nike Air Jordan 1 High '85 'Bred'

Written by: Scott Murphy



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What’s So Significant About the Bred Colourway?

First released in 1985, the Nike Air Jordan 1 ’85 ‘Bred’ is without a doubt the most iconic Air Jordan to ever release. This very shoe resulted in Michael Jordan receiving fines from the NBA since it did not meet the leagues uniform policy due to it not being composed of 51% white colouring in its design. This very story led to the infamous iteration being dubbed the “Banned” Air Jordan 1 (see commercial linked below), with Nike even covering the fines for Jordan and further expanding the popularity of the pair, starting a wave of marketing and series of commercials. This was the start of a revolution in the NBA, with the Jordan 1 High leading to more relaxed rules within the NBA regarding uniform and resulting in all the colourful and special-edition pairs we see in the league today. Since the first release in 1985, we have seen a variety of retros of the special pair, as well as a variety of unique versions such as the “Patent Bred” and “Satin Bred”. However, news has arrived that we will see a release of the Nike Air Jordan 1 High ’85 ‘Bred’ in 2025, the closest retro to the original that we will have seen so far, sporting the same colour scheme and original shape, offering fans of the silhouette a chance to throw themselves back in time to the days of Michael Jordan dominating the NBA.

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Michael Jordan sporting the Air Jordan 1 High 'Bred'

What to Expect from This Pair

The Nike Air Jordan 1 High ’85 ‘Bred’ will stay true to the OG look, with a larger, sleeker looking swoosh, premium leather construction, and accurate depiction of the ‘Bred’ colour scheme. The upper sports a combination of black and red leather, whilst a white midsole breaks things up nicely and a red outsole offers a bold pop ready to make a statement with every step. Branding appears subtle with black wings branding on the ankle collar and red ‘Nike Air’ on the top of the tongue. Each pair will arrive with extra laces, a hang tag, and OG boxing, making these the ultimate collectors pair.

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Image of a previously released iteration of the Air Jordan 1 High 'Bred'

When Are They Releasing?

It may be a while before we see a release of the Nike Air Jordan 1 High ’85 ‘Bred’ with rumours suggesting a Spring 2025 drop to celebrate the 40 th anniversary of the sneaker, but we will be sure to update you if there are any changes before then. In the meantime, hit the links below to shop the latest releases from Jordan and treat yourself to something new in the rotation. If you are looking for Jordan 1s, we recommend staying true to size. We have a whole host of Air Jordan 1s, Air Jordan 3s, and Air Jordan 4s to name a few, offering something for everyone!

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OG pair of Nike Air Jordan 1 High 'Bred's' from 1994

How Do Jordan 1's Fit?

We recommend staying true to size for the Air Jordan 1.