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MJ's First Trip to Japan Inspires the Air Jordan 1 Low SE "Tokyo Vintage"


Adam Cheung
March 20, 2023

Exclusive to Asia.

Back in 1996, Michael Jordan jetted off to Japan as part of Nike's "Hoop Heroes" event. While this was obviously a very eventful trip, being His Airness' first time traveling to the Asian country, one memory that he will never forget is his one-on-one match with a boy who was wearing a UNC uniform. During the game, MJ was rocking a pair of Air Jordan 12s that were completely covered in lizard skin, and almost three decades later, both of these things would come together to inspire the Air Jordan 1 Low SE "Tokyo Vintage."

Image credits: atmos

Unveiled by Japanese boutique atmos, the special edition Jordan Brand colorway boasts a light gray suede base and is overlaid by light blue leather across the toe and slick black panels around the heel, offering a UNC-inspired color combination. To the laterals and medials, the signature Swoosh is finished with a faux reptile aesthetic, and all of this sits on top of a pre-aged yellow Air midsole, hence the "Tokyo Vintage" moniker.

Rumored to be exclusive to Asia, the Air Jordan 1 Low SE "Tokyo Vintage" is set to drop at the end of March. Expected to sell out literally within minutes, make sure you keep it locked at Ox Street's dedicated Air Jordan 1 page for your best chance to secure your size, and while you're here, you might as well take your first look at the Air Jordan 1 Low OG "Black Toe"!

Image credits: atmos
Adam is a writer and editor specializing in sneakers and streetwear. 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.