Nike Air Jordan 1.5 'Chicago' Release Date, Pics and Retail Price

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 21, 2015

In a wide array of colors, the original models of the shoe that Michael Jordan wore in in the NBA in 1985 sit in a row at a shoe collectors' show at Niketown in Denver on Friday, Feb. 18, 2005. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The Nike Air Jordan 1.5 "Chicago" is one of the more highly anticipated shoes to be released in recent memory—and it's hitting store shelves this weekend.  

Of course, it never hurts when a shoe involves arguably the biggest star in basketball history in Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. His six championships and immense off-court appeal may make him the most decorated all-around athlete ever, and his shoe franchise is a testament to that.

For a nice gallery of photos of these shoes visit SneakerWatch.com. Check out the basic information on the Nike Air Jordan 1.5 "Chicago" shoe below:

Air Jordan 1.5 'Chicago' Information
Release Date Retail Price Color(s)
Saturday, July 25$150 USD Varsity Red/Black-White
Source: SBDetroit.com

The rare vintage edition of the sneaker is a hybrid of the very first in the long line of Air Jordans and the second version that helped propel the shoe brand forward, making Saturday's release particularly exciting and notable.

The Nike Air Jordan 1.5 "Chicago" has the 2.0 sole, but the rest looks just like the original Air Jordan 1. Whether the masses embrace it remains to be seen. With such a classic, throwback design and the sheer legacy of Jordan's career and brand behind it, though, it figures to be a hit with shoe connoisseurs.

Anything to carry forward Jordan's epic legacy is something that the Windy City ought to embrace. For how big that market is alone and the pull the Jumpman silhouette has had in the global marketplace over the years, this latest shoe shouldn't have too much trouble selling.

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The sleek design features the old Nike logo as a decal on the side along with an old-fashioned Nike Air on the visible portion of the tongue to give the retro vibe even more weight. A simple yet effective color scheme represents the Bulls well, and the red, black and white balance out the shoe to create a nice blend that doesn't go too heavy on one shade as to be jarring to look at.

High-tops don't seem to be as en vogue in the modern era—certainly not as they were back when Converse was the go-to shoe. As long as this Nike retro release allows for comfortable soles and absorbs the demands of high-octane action on the hardwood as most current shoes do, though, there's no reason consumers shouldn't dig in for the reasonably priced kicks.

Even as a collector's item alone, the Air Jordan 1.5 "Chicago" is yet another entry into the Jumpman line of fresh foot attire to add to the stockpile. Jordan's mystique continues to carry a special weight even to this day.

Releasing a shoe that corresponds with an early portion of Jordan's career may even spark a new appreciation for his greatness among younger fans while reminding people why they wanted to be like Mike not so long ago.

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