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It’s official: Air Jordan I Retro golf shoes are coming February 10

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After rumors about the shoe started in December, Nike has confirmed that an Air Jordan I golf shoe will be released.

The Air Jordan I is one of the world’s most iconic sneakers, both in basketball and pop culture. The golf version of the shoe has been given extra padding, especially around the ankle area for more support and stability throughout the swing. It also has soft spikes, a waterproof upper and Nike’s Free technology in the outsole. The shoe is set to be available in two colorways (white/black/varsity red and white/metallic silver) starting February 10 on Nike’s website and at retailers.

Before you make the purchase, make sure to catch up on the history of the shoe (we’ve concocted a brief summary below). Remember, when you lace up an Air Jordan I, even if it’s the golf version, you’re wearing a piece of sports and pop culture history.

“MJ introduced his provocative style of play to professional basketball in 1984, and the Air Jordan I shocked the world at the same time,” says Gentry Humphrey, VP Nike Golf Footwear. “Interestingly, Michael started to take up the game of golf in 1984, the exact same year Nike started to develop the Air Jordan I.”

In 1984, the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan, a standout basketball player from the University of North Carolina. That same year, Nike signed MJ to a reported $2.5 million endorsement deal. His first signature shoe (the Air Jordan I) was designed by Peter Moore, and the black-and-red colorway was actually banned by the NBA. Jordan was fined $5,000 (at least once) for wearing them in a game, and according to FootLocker and other sources Nike paid the bill.

“The Air Jordan I was the first sneaker that really pushed the limits on what was acceptable,” Jordan said. “It’s like being a young kid when his parents say he can’t do something, but he wants to do it. I felt like I wanted to be different.”

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Surely you remember the Air Jordan ad pictured above, where he’s sporting a variation of the Air Jordan 1 shoes while simultaneously birthing the “Jumpman” logo. Here’s a few more photos of Jordan wearing the shoe, as brought to you by Google.

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Jordan wore the Air Jordan I in his rookie season (1984-85), earning an All-Star appearance and the NBA’s Rookie of the Year honor. He also led the Bulls to the playoffs after the franchise’s four-year drought. The sneaker and basketball worlds were forever changed by the Air Jordan I… and now your golf style can be, too.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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46 Comments

  1. Jim

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Dry Joys Tour…period…BRING BACK FJ Classics. Golf shoes should be firm, snug & low to the ground & grip like Rugby Boots. If you can’t handle an extra 6oz for the superior foundation they provide – you’re a wuss

  2. Jim

    Feb 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Dry Joys Tour…period…BRING BACK THE CLASSICS Tour
    where the leather sole molded to your foot Golf shoes should be firm, snug & low to the ground & grip like Rugby Boots. If you can’t handle an extra 6oz for the superior foundation they provide – you’re a wuss

  3. Jim

    Feb 15, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Ridiculous clown shoes. Wonder what the droolers will say when the first ‘player’ they see wearing them has a full PXG rig

  4. Jeff

    Feb 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Cool shoes, wish there were pictures.
    I cant believe the “purists” (see racists) are so upset. The comments expose the type that have kept golf elite, stiff, boring, and mostly white for years. They say “grow the game.” But what they mean is, “make more money.” There’s this attitude like Michael Jordan has no right to make golf shoes. Why is that? This is America.

    • TMAC

      Feb 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      “Racists”? Seriously?? SMH.
      I’m from Chicago and a HUGE Jordan fan. But I wouldn’t rock these things on the golf course if someone paid me to.
      And it’s funny you mock golfers for “growing the game” but claim it’s really all about the money. I guess you haven’t noticed what these shoes are selling for, huh?
      What a putz.

  5. plusfore

    Feb 10, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Yo Yo Yo….No No No….

  6. golfraven

    Feb 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    For the love of golf, NOOO. What is the target group? Gangstas, kidies and Kegan? Give me a break.

    • LowHandi

      Feb 8, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Just because they don’t fit you’re style, no need to try group people who do as “Gangstas, kidies and Kegan”

  7. CB

    Feb 8, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Once upon a time I was lead to believe that golf shoes were something special, something that one needed to perform as a golfer. But these and others such Adidas Samba Golf shoes basically show us that golf shoes are truly unnecessary – any old shoes with some grip will do. The myth has been busted by its biggest proponents. Duh!

  8. BM

    Feb 8, 2017 at 5:49 am

    They were ugly in 1984, and they are ugly today.

  9. Daniel

    Feb 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Anybody seen these in white/metallic silver yet? I love my J9’s

  10. Pooch

    Feb 7, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    It’s a cool looking shoe but most ACTUAL golfers would never wear this shoe. It’s more of a conversation piece/ tour player getting paid to wear them/ cargo short wearing 25 handicap with no golf edict what so ever.

    • prime21

      Feb 7, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Interesting. I am an ACTUAL golfer and I will wear this shoe OFTEN. The crazy part is that I am a 1 handicap, never wear cargo shorts, love the game of golf as well as its history, and have nor ever will do anything to disrespect the game. To suggest that one’s character and/or integrity can be identified based on their choice of footwear is not only ridiculous, it is archaic. What made you decide to come out from underneath the prehistoric rock you refer to as a roof? Whatever the inspiration, please crawl on back under there, because your opinions are not needed here, nor on any other site for that matter. While your at it, please contact the author of your Golf Edict, and inform him/her that their efforts are not required as we will all get along just fine by sticking to proper etiquette. The next time you reach for the keyboard to compose more of the literary genius you polluted this page with, stop and redirect your hands to the box of crayons sitting next to your computer and start drawing those amazing stick figures you refer to as art. At least that way you won’t end up sticking you foot in you mouth. Better yet, why don’t you jump on Amazon and buy yourself a pair of these fantastic golf shoes!

      • Matto

        Feb 8, 2017 at 12:30 am

        Before I even read the name, I literally knew it’d be you Prime21. -one of the funnest / wittiest guys on here…….whooop, I blacked out, hope I didn’t say anything stupid.

  11. Trey

    Feb 7, 2017 at 11:39 am

    To anyone who calls this stupid or insignificant… please see your way back to your stuffy mothball clubs or grouchy sunday morning men’s league and keep doing what you’re doing while the sport/industry move on without you. I don’t necessarily love the shoes themselves (although I own a couple normal Jordan’s) but in no way shape or form can this be bad for the game. Growing the sport by reaching new demographics is what we need. If this helps, great! In case you were wondering the Air Jordan FB page has 8.8M followers, Titleist? 460k…

  12. GMatt

    Feb 7, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I think it’s hilarious that someone will actually think they will grow the game of golf by wearing Air Jordan golf shoes……

    • DAVID NATHAN WEEKS

      Feb 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      The Jordan brand transcends basketball. Just like Arnie’s brand transcended golf i.e.- what does car oil have to do with The Masters Champion? His umbrella even dawned women’s purses quite successfully in the Asian market. This absolutely does and will continue to work.

  13. S Hitter

    Feb 7, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Good. I can continue to tease all the basketball players who keep trying to play golf but who can’t, whenever I see them on the course with these stupid shoes on

    • BeerandGolf

      Feb 7, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Because lord knows you shouldn’t be allowed to play golf unless you are good. Why can’t people have fun? If they have more fun looking good then who cares? You’re the reason people don’t want to learn.

      • Progolfer

        Feb 7, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        Honestly, people shouldn’t be able to play golf unless they’re proficient. Otherwise, it just wastes everybody’s time. That’s a core problem with American society– people would rather look good than actually be good– and Americans lack work ethic more now than ever.

        • S Hitter

          Feb 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

          Hear hear, Progolfer!

        • prime21

          Feb 7, 2017 at 10:45 pm

          Now here is a brilliant solution! If you are not a 10 handicap or better, you are not ALLOWED to play golf. Sounds like a great way to close 75% of the countries courses, but then again, nobody will slow YOU down. Did you ever consider that some people simply enjoy playing the game, regardless of what their scorecard reads? But all is not lost, because you at least identified the #1 issue we face as a society today. I’m just disappointed that you didn’t offer an awe inspiring solution. Or did you? Now I get it, dress poorly, be good, and your productivity will sky rocket. Geez, and I’m here thinking you were just another guy with a lame screen name. I’m still in shock that you identified a Core Problem in the U.S. as people would rather look good than actually be good. Did you recently win the Power Ball something? It sure seems like you have waaaay too much time on your hands. That seems like the only logical explanation for having this many ridiculous comments packed into 1 paragraph. My only hope is that EVERYONE has an opportunity to take in the life lessons you shared with us today.

  14. Miuralovechild

    Feb 6, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    They look hideous! I remember seeing flip-flops with soft spikes in them somewhere. I think there was also an LPGA player than wanted to put spikes in her boots. 15 or 20 years ago. She was kind of free-spirited.

  15. Progolfer

    Feb 6, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Golf is the only sport stupid enough to incorporate the style and apparel of other sports… I miss the days when golfers looked like golfers. That’s coming from a 31 year old who played D1 basketball!

  16. Mr.Nodoubt

    Feb 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Take all of my money.

  17. Branson Reynolds

    Feb 6, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    They’ll probably be around 220 just like the other jordan golf shoes or basketball shoes. Which is really the same price as any brands premium golf shoe. I have the jordan golf shoes that cam out a couple years ago and get a lot of compliments. I like the idea of these, but i’m not gonna drop any more money on golf shoes right now. If they come out with jordan 3’s for golf i’ll be the first in line.

    • prime21

      Feb 7, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      I thought you weren’t going to drop any more $ on golf shoes? Mean what you say and say what you mean!

  18. David Montgomery

    Feb 6, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    If I were into high tops I would buy a pair but I am not into high top shoes. Perhaps these will generate some interest in the game from the younger generation. One thing is for sure, you will probably see Keegan Bradley and/or Double P, Pat Perez sporting these golf kicks.

  19. Weekend Duffer

    Feb 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I want it

  20. Brian

    Feb 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I’m sure they’ll be ridiculously expensive, too.

  21. Mark

    Feb 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Iconic? To who?

    • Justin

      Feb 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      you can’t be serious?

    • Jordan

      Feb 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

      I guess not to guys still wearing 30lb Allen Edmonds on the golf course.

    • Cornfused...

      Feb 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Seriously?! Wow….

    • prime21

      Feb 7, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      UMMMM, to any athlete on the planet. Trying to say Jordan is not an icon (billionaire athletes made that much $ for some reason) is like saying Vanilla is not a popular flavor of ice cream. Come on man!

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