As is often the case with sneaker colorways, the inspiration behind the Air Jordan 1 Retro Hi OG “Highlight Reel” that releases this Saturday, September 7th is one of Michael Jordan’s opponents during his spectacular career. Instead of a team inspiration, much like the Retro IV “Cavs,” Saturday’s release pays homage to a player – Dominique Wilkins – nicknamed The Human Highlight Reel. Jordan and Wilkins had many a great battle during their years in the league together – Michael with the Bulls and Dominique with the Hawks. The pinnacle of those battles was the Slam Dunk contests between the two high flyers – the best of which was the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest in Chicago which you can see highlights of after the jump. The Hawks jerseys from Wilkins era serves as the colorway for this shoe with a little added black. A combination of black and gym red make up the shoe’s upper. A tonal pattern on the black on the shoe’s mid-panel and toe box also feature a film pattern, a la a film reel. University gold accents take care of the Nike Swoosh, OG Air Jordan logo on the ankle, sock liner, and outsole. A white midsole rounds out the release.

The Jordan Retro 1 Hi OG “Highlight Reel” releases on Saturday, September 7 at House of Hoops by Foot Locker locations and online at Footlocker.com (starting at 8:00 am EDT) for $140. Check out the Launch Locator to see which stores will have this release.

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