When I see the word retro I tend to think of the 90’s, but being nearly thirty and growing up throughout the nineties tends to make me revert to the age of Brit Pop and shell suits when thinking about the past.

But now were in 2020 and the original “Tokyo” Air Jordan 1, which dropped in 2001 is officially retro. Formally known as “Neutral Grey” the look was a unique, standout that appealed to a small niche area of the market but still remains an iconic look that a lot of fans will be very thankful is making a return.

The shoe’s appeal came in its closely related two-toned aesthetic. A matte neutral grey suede paired alongside metallic silver accents creates a unique look that is the makeup of this entire shoe from Nike. The matte grey leads the way as the base for the trainer’s build with the metallic silver adding flashes of luminescence on the toe-box, Swoosh logo and heel. The Wings logo is also decked out in a silver aesthetic.

A small difference between these and other Air Jordan 1 styles come via the laces. On the “Tokyo” they have a much thinner, flatter lace which may not seem like much of a change but when its sat atop a tumbled leather tongue with an embroidered Nike Air logo, we get a smoother, more streamlined top to the shoe.

Japan will be the lucky recipient of an exclusive release of 2,020 pairs that all come with a suitcase, of all things. The global release will, unfortunately, release without the luggage, n the Nike SNKRS app and select retailers from August 7th with a price tag of around $170 (£130).

Head over to Laced’s online trainers platform for buy and sell options after release date.