The Limited-Edition Air Jordan x Dior Collab Release Has Been Postponed

20 March 2020
Streetwear, Street Style, Air Jordan, Collaboration, Dior, Air Dior, Air Jordan 1
Limited to just 8,500 pairs globally

Update: Dior has announced that they will be pushing back the release of its much-anticipated Air Jordan 1 collaboration in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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“To ensure the safety of all, in accordance with recommendations by public authorities, and in order to reinforce the coordination of international measures, Dior has decided to postpone its international draw for the launch of the Air Dior capsule collection realised in collaboration with Jordan Brand,” Nike wrote on its official news blog.

The sneaker trend refuses to go out of style. This we’ve known for years now, after the humble gym sneaker was elevated from the locker room to the runway and streets were only the most sartorially savvy and fashionable men deigned to wander. Fast forward to today, and to peruse the look book’s of fashion’s biggest luxury labels is to see the sneaker featured in heavy rotation. Whether it’s being dressed up, or celebrated in all its sport-aesthetic glory, it continues to dominate as the footwear style of choice.

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Looking to capitalise on the trend, Dior has unveiled the hotly anticipated “Air Dior” collection. The collaboration between the luxury fashion brand and Nike’s Jordan brand is one fans have long been waiting for and if the response to the first images released are anything to go by, these pieces won’t be in stock for long following the release. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt to have Travis Scott modelling the covetable pieces in the Ready-to-Wear collection.

The collection includes wool suits, a bomber jacket, silk shorts, four leather goods pieces, and the pièce de résistance: the Air Jordan 1 High and Low.

According to a press release, “The collection balances timeless silhouettes from the Jordan and Dior vaults while bringing new life to classic sport styles. These pieces bring together the House’s exceptional tailoring expertise with a 1980s American sportswear feel inspired by the legendary Michael Jordan.”

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The collaboration comes after an image of the Dior x Nike Air Force 1 High OG was teased last year. Made in Italy with Italian leather and hand-painted edges, the sneaker features the Dior oblique jacquard swoosh, transparent soles, and iconic Air Dior wings. These sit on the ankle collar with the phrase, “AIR DIOR.”

The collection seamlessly blends the design aesthetic of the two brands. Known for their love of grey, the pieces certainly pay homage to Dior’s signature shade thanks to an array of neutral tones reflected in the jackets, graphic sweatshirts, tracksuit sets, and hoodies.

As Sneakernews describes, “Swooshes embellish with their classic all-over print, overlays and smooth leather bases construct with high-end quality, and further branding arrives within the icy blue tread at its bottom. Modified Wings insignia then make their way over to graphic sweatshirts loomed to lofty standard, sitting adjacent to a full tracksuit set with silk shorts all included: smart garments take the shape of suit jackets with structured cut.”

As for the iconic sneaker, that will be released sometime in April with the rest of the ready-to-wear collection. While the exact date is unknown, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the release so you can get in quick.

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Initial rumours speculated that just 1,000 pairs of the luxury sneaker would be available at release, however a new post from “sample specialist” Jean Carlos, aka @solebyjc, revealed that each pair would come personally numbered as one of 8,500 pairs available — something seemingly confirmed by sources close to Jordan brand.

This may seem like a fair amount of what should be an ultra-limited sneaker, but it's anything but. Despite being seen as a fairly hard-to-acquire sneaker brand, Yeezy now sometimes make close of a million pairs of some of their more popular models for each release.

A further image leaked from Selfridges has unveiled that the raffle for the $2,000USD Jordan 1 High OGs will take place over the week of March 23-24, with the shoes made available for purchase on the weekend of the 26. Thus, it's likely that a March 26 release date will be confirmed, although a map contained in the leaked document also shows that the shoe's APAC release will be limited to China, Korea and Japan, making an Australian release unlikely.

The lows are slated to drop sometime at the end of may.

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Via GQ Australia