Without any exaggeration to say, the past several years, Jordan Brand released maybe the most popular and important new retro colorway from June 2015 to until now. Speaking of the Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard, it also took note of the fact that not everything has to be an OG colorway to be a hit, for the sneaker community, the just need for a solid color scheme, a story as well as quality materials that expands upon the mythology of Michael Jordan.
16 months later, we were treated to a sequel in the form of the Air Jordan 1 Reverse Shattered Backboard. It featured the same orange, black and white color palette but in a style that brought to mind the iconic OG Chicago colorway. Interestingly enough, the “Reverse” in the name seems to be a sneakerhead creation as Nike officially calls them Shattered Backboard Away. Not surprisingly, these sold out rather briskly as well.
So what can we expect in another 16 months? Well, if Nike is to be believed and the second Shattered Backboard was the “Away” colorway, that probably means that the first one was the “Home” colorway. What about an “Alternate” colorway?
You can see where we’re going with this. Jordan Brand this year released an “Alternate” collection that imagined Air Jordan player exclusives that MJ would have worn during the days of the Air Jordan 2, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 5 Low and even the Air Jordan 12. Following in those footsteps, we created what we hope will eventually become the next step in the Shattered Backboard “franchise” with what we’re calling the Shattered Backboard Alternate. Our canvas was provided of course by NBA 2K17.
There are Chicago homage that Black Toe with a hint of Royal and the sequel, from another classic, it’s only fitting that the Alternate take from those classic,recently, Air Jordan 1 re-released Air Jordan 1 Banned. Keep in mind it’s a sneaker, and in the future, do yoy want to see from the Jordan Brand or has the theme run its course.