Details
Material: Leather, Rubber
Size 9
High-Top
Includes original brown leather Nike-branded salesman’s briefcase and original Nike catalog from 1985.
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The “rookie card” of Air Jordan 1s. This incredibly rare pair of the Air Jordan 1 High in the iconic black-and-red, “Bred,” colorway, is a salesman’s sample intended to be used by a Nike rep to sell Michael Jordan’s first signature shoe to footwear retailers in 1985. Looking back now, it’s hard to imagine there was ever a time when a retailer would have had to be convinced to carry Nike’s Air Jordans. From one of the earliest production runs of the Jordan 1, this pair was assembled in 1984, as represented by the production code on the inner collar of the shoe that begins with “84.” Pairs of the Air Jordan 1 sold at retail have a production code that begins with “85.” The full code on this pair reads “841201-TYSS,” with “SS” denoting that it is a pre-production “Salesman Sample.”

The pair comes with an equally rare vintage brown leather Nike-branded briefcase, as well as a vintage Nike catalog from 1985 that includes the Air Jordan 1. While it has not been definitively determined that these items accompanied this specific sample shoe, the briefcase comes from one of the brand’s earliest "EKINs" (Nike spelled backwards), a product specialist who toured the country educating retailers and consumers about Nike products. This pair is a sample size men’s 9, and is in lightly worn condition, suggesting it was likely tried on by employees and customers at various sporting goods stores over the course of it’s lifetime on the road in 1985.

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