#WearTheMessage: 20 Shoe Models Embraced by the Hip Hop Community

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16. Air Jordan I

Call these the originators. If you go  back and read old issues of Sneaker Freaker or Complex where they interview artists about the impact of these sneakers, a lot of them have these detailed stories about the first Air Jordans. Most of them revolve around the outlandish retail price (they were roughly $100 in 1984, which is almost the same as $150 today) and the reality is, the sneaker isn't that far from the Nike Dunk. But they're not Dunks; they're Jordans. Mike was fined the first few time he wore them as the color combo went aginst the uniform rules, thus giving them a rebellious association. Who knew this would be the beginning of a legacy that has continued to remain intact.
 
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