The 2017 Royal 1s Might Be the Best Jordan Release of The Year

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The 2017 Royal 1s Might Be the Best Jordan Release of The Year

Thank God for Chuck Kuhn
When word got around the block that Jordan Brand was dropping the Royal 1s on April 1st of this year, you can imagine the joy that came pulsing through your boys soul. For starters the news had everything that I enjoy about collecting and wearing sneakers. The Jordan 1 is my favorite Jordan model ever made. That shoe has always and will always remain timeless to me. Jeans, shorts (or even if you wanna be like my Pops and wear jorts because they "look cool") you can wear Jordan 1s with anything and they still will look fly. Then add on to the fact that they were bringing back a timeless classic colorway?
Count me in.
The legend could only start with an iconic sports photographer named Chuck Kuhn. As Nike execs tell it, in 1985 Kuhn was waiting on a cool morning on a airstrip in Oregon waiting  to shoot a hot shot kid on the rise named Michael Jordan. Even though Jordan was signed to the Chicago Bulls, who possessed a red and black team colorway, Mike opted to don his favorite color combination of black and royal blue. The photo of MJ in a sleek, sleeveless black and blue jumpsuit, and of course, those Royal 1s solidified those kicks in sneaker lore for life.

How Hard Was it to Cop A Pair?

Not hard one bit. If the 23 year old me could travel back in time to 2013 waiting in line for those Royal 1s and tell him four years down the road that he could get the same shoe (two pairs) for a decent price above retail, that dude would probably flip. Back then it was just harder to get sneakers if you didn't know someone or had a connect/plug. And that's not saying that it still isn't hard now, but I think Jordan Brand understood a long time ago that the limited pairs and resale market craze was ruining the product for the consumer. Too many people were buying and reselling because the pairs were so limited you could make twice as much by selling that shoe. You can resale now sure but in this day and age I find it hard to believe you can come up as big as you could back in the day.
Money is money and the JumpMan will always get his bread regardless. But I'm a fan of seeing more GR pairs dropping as opposed to limiting pairs and having people do stupid stuff/crazy things for sneaks. Sneakers changed my life and opened up a lot of doors for me and I wants as many people to have that feeling as possible.

Reviewing the Royal 1: WHY AREN'T THEY ALL LIKE THIS?
One word when I picked it up for the first time. Damn. Damn this is a quality pair of shoes. The blue leather on the heel counter is soft and smooth as can be. It's hard for me to compare this to anything but the 2016 Bred 1s. For the longest time on the chatrooms and social media all I was hearing was they made them just like the Bred 1s. And maybe I'll go out on a limb here and be the only person who thinks this way, but for me the Royals are better than the Bred 1s. Yes the blue leather panels possess a tumbled look to them, but on that I'm gonna say barely. If anything they should've called it a smooth tumble because it's that soft and barely shows any signs that usual tumbled leather does.
But overall this might be my favorite pair to release in 2017 of this year. And while the year is young and who knows what the JumpMan or Nike will drop as we go deeper into the year, this has to be the must have pair of 2017. Overall final verdict on the Jordan 1 Royal?
Gotta get it.

Look: 5/5
Feel: 4/5
Accessibility: 4/5


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