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Everything You Need to Know About the Air Jordan 1 High '85 "Black White"


Adam Cheung
October 21, 2022

Affectionately nicknamed the "Panda" by many sneakerheads.

The Air Jordan 1 High '85 "Black White" has got to be one of the most iconic Air Jordan 1s ever made. First released back in 1985 during the dawn of Michael Jordan's partnership with Nike, this was one of the first pairs that was announced back in the day. Affectionately nicknamed the "Panda" by many sneakerheads, it's set to make a comeback within the coming months - and here's absolutely everything that you need to know.

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While the "Black White" has been retro'd a few times over the past few years, it's returning in its original shape and structure very soon. Offered in a full leather construction, the base is painted in a crisp "White" tone, while the ankle, heel, lacing system, and toebox are all painted in contrast "Black" accents.

Image credits: Nike

The signature Swoosh shoots through the laterals and medials, and of course, you can't talk about these Jordans without mentioning the legendary winged basketball insignia that's finely stamped on the collar. All of this sits atop a clean Air midsole that offers unrivaled comfort and cushioning both on and off the basketball court.

Air Jordan 1 High '85 "Black White"
Image credits: Nike

Now for the important part. According to Ox Street's sources, the Air Jordan 1 High '85 "Panda" return globally in February 2023. One of the best AJ 1s ever made, this is a colorway that you seriously do not want to miss. Let us know if you'll be adding a pair to your collection next year, and if you want to grab a grail, make sure you check out our dedicated Air Jordan page right now!

Image credits: Nike
Adam is a writer and editor specializing in sneakers and style. Over the past few years, he's curated features and guides for fashion publications across the globe, winning multiple awards along the way. Often travelling between the UK and Hong Kong, don't be too surprised if you find Adam anywhere else around the world taking street photography or feasting on the local delicacies.