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Weathered Aesthetics With Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Hyper Royal” 2021

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Melanie Kwok
April 15, 2021

Teased at the end of 2020, the highly anticipated Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Hyper Royal” is the hottest drop this weekend. Unlike the usual bright color-blocking found on the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG or its royal blue predecessor, this new colorway features a unique weathered aesthetic of faded cool toned shades.

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The base of these sneakers are constructed with white tumbled leather, with washed-out blue overlays that deliver a worn look with an attitude. Instead of the typical full leather uppers found on Air Jordan 1s, the blue overlays are made of a contrasting suede material with a denim jeans-like texture printed on it.

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The collar, outsole, and Swoosh are rendered in a light smoky grey, that complements the muted pastel hues.

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The tongue and midsole, have all been left white along with the toe box and lateral windows. The tongue sports a pop of bright blue with a Nike brand fabric tag to complete the look.

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The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Hyper Royal” is certainly one of the most hyped and refreshing drops of the year so far, with many drawing comparisons to the AJ1 “Turbo Green” for its similar faded coloring and even the AJ1 “University Blue” in its growing popularity. The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Hyper Royal” releases April 17, with a retail price of $170 USD.

Melanie is a contemporary art enthusiast, writer and cultural research strategist whose practice explores the areas inbetween art, design, commerce and the cult of collecting.