THIRTY six years later, Michael Jordan’s first signature shoe can still turn some heads.
Its classic lines and the bold swoosh on the side are instantly recognizable. The original white, red, and black colorway is still a classic, but slap on any colorway — and there have been dozens upon dozens of them through the years — and that AJ1 profile is still unmistakable. The ‘wings’ logo, created long before the Jumpman silhouette, gives the shoe an enduring retro touch.
Before the arrival of the Air Jordan 1s, Nike was primarily known as a maker of running shoes. But their deal with Jordan, and the line of shoes that would be birthed from their partnership, arguably set Nike on the road to worldwide sneaker domination.
You could even say that it kickstarted sneaker culture as we know it.
Thanks to movies like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the release of the The Last Dance docu series, interest in AJ1s remain high. Which may explain why many sneaker stores in Manila have been stocking up. There’s lots of options for you if you’re really looking to score your first AJ1s.
First, of course, there’s the official Nike store. But they will most likely be sold out. Ditto for many general retail stores.
You’ll likely find more luck at specialty sneakerhead stores — all of whom have recently posted J1 drops on their Instagram pages.
Titan 22 has six branches in Manila. Its bigger stores also double as barbershops, so you can get some snips while checking out some kicks. Titan 22 also has an app (Google Play, Apple Store) for even more direct access to its selection.
#12 Two Parkade, Ground Floor, 30th Street, The Fort, BGC, Taguig
+63 2 8 556 9771, +63 917 875 0566, +63 917 513 8721 (Barbershop)
#230-231 S Maison, Second Floor, Conrad Hotel Manila, Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
+63 2 7 368 2496, +63 917 875 0565, +63 917 651 4339 (Barbershop)
Level 3, Vertis North cor. North Ave Barangay Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
+63 2 7 720 9528, +63 917 875 0564, +63 917 629 1524 (Barbershop)
#4 Molito 2, Ground Floor, Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa
+63 2 8 541 8886, +63 917 875 0563
#6018 Shangri-La East Wing, Sixth Floor, Corners EDSA and Shaw, Mandaluyong City
+63 2 7 621 7282, +63 917 839 4801
B332-B333 UP Town Center, Third Floor, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
+63 2 7 368 2498, +63 917 875 0568
RIF MNL is run by noted sneakerhead and DJ Bigboy Cheng, so you know the selection is ace. It’s a collab/pop up of the legendary sneaker store in LA. .
Ground Floor, Ronac Art Center, 424 Ortigas Avenue, San Juan
For really out there sneaker finds, check out Cop Garden in Makati. They recently posted a photo of deadstock Jordan 1 Breds for P25,000. Stay tuned on their Instagram page for more rarities.
851 Arnaiz Ave., Makati
Smack in the middle of college town is Sole Republiq, located along Katipunan. Plus, it’s also on Lazada, so you can do your sneaker shopping online.
327 Regis Center, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
8282-1858 / (0945) 768 0592
Online for the better part of the decade, Rock ‘n’ Sole PH set up its first physical store in Tomas Morato. Looks like business has been good — it’s expanded to Estancia along Pasig. Message and call ahead for your AJ1 needs.
Rock ‘n’ Sole Tomas Morato
G/F Imperial Palace Suites, Tomas Morato corner Timog Avenue, Quezon City
Rock ‘n’ Sole Pasig
L/G Estancia East Wing Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Shoe Game Manila offers nationwide delivery on their selection, including these hype AJ1 mids. If you prefer to get your hands on the product straightaway, their shop is located in upscale Century City Mall.
Century City Mall
+63 908 8887850