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Air Jordan 1 High Retro OG "Royal Toe" Review

The Air Jordan 1 Royal Toe dropped around early May 2020, at a retail price of about $170 in the US.





As usual it sold out immediately because a lot of people, yours truly included, totally love the color blocking on this colorway.


Coming to the shoe itself, starting with the toe box area you have the usual perforated tumbled leather which comes in this sort of vibrant royal blue color. Surrounding that is this black, lightly tumbled leather panel.





The leather quality here seems pretty much the usual deal, nothing too soft or special unfortunately. The blue tumbled leather looks like its more premium than what you see on most AJ1s but I could be wrong about that.


Weirdly enough I still think that the leather on my Bloodline AJ1 has better leather even though that shoe still has no hype at all.


Moving upwards you have these black flat laces that go through a pretty regular lacing system. The shoe also comes with a set of royal blue laces incase you aren't really feeling the black laces and want to switch them out. Though that being said, I kinda wish they also included white laces here.


Underneath the laces is the usual Air Jordan nylon tongue in black with a black leather tag up top with the Nike Air branding debossed into it in white.


The leather tag actually makes it look a bit more premium so I totally approve.





Coming to the inside of the shoe, you have a soft, comfortable black sockliner.


And then there's the usual Air Jordan 1 insole in black, with the Nike Air branding printed on the heel, in that royal blue color.


Not a fan of using that color on the insole branding but no big deal.


As usual the lateral and medial sides of the Air Jordan 1 High has the Nike swoosh in the center of the mid foot, here in this black leather on a white leather panel.





And then coming to the heel of the shoe, its mostly in the black leather material all around with the black leather heel counter and .


Moving upwards, the collar is in the royal blue color tumbled leather. This is different from most Jordan 1 highs where the color accent is usually on the Nike swoosh or the heel area, but I actually think it looks really cool so I don't hate this color blocking as much as most other Shoetubers seem to.


Then there's the Air Jordan Wings logo in white that is debossed on top of this black leather panel on the collar.





Moving downwards, that entire upper sits on the usual bright white hard rubber midsole which has a Nike Air unit hidden inside underneath the heel area.


And then there's the bright royal blue outsole below, in the usual AJ1 outsole thread pattern with the Nike swoosh branding in the middle.




Coming to sizing and fit, these fit just like every other pair of Air Jordan 1 Highs.


If you have the opportunity to try one out, that would be the best way to know how these fit. Personally I have wide feet so I prefer to go up half a size or up a full size whenever I can.


In terms of comfort, we already know the AJ1 Highs aren't really the most comfortable shoes around. I mean they're aite and all but they're more for the swag value than comfort.


If you're looking for comfort, the AJ1 High ZOOM models might be better for you, like the AJ1 High Zoom in the Racer Blue colorway that I reviewed a while ago.





At the end of the day, the AJ1 High Royal Toe is a pretty well done sneaker in my opinion.


I know there are a few people that aren't big fans of the colorblocking on this colorway but I actually think it looks pretty clean and I'll probably be wearing them a lot.


So that's what I think about the Air Jordan 1 Royal Toe - I'm really interested to know what you guys think about this colorway. Do you think Jordan Brand shouldn't have messed with the color blocking? or should they have done something different?


Let me know right in the comments section down below.


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