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Wearing Nike's J Balvin Jordan 1: The colorful sneaker we needed

With an Air Jordan 2 on the way, this is is the perfect time to revisit the Colombian singer's first collab with Jumpman.

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When J Balvin debuted his Air Jordan 1 shoe at Super Bowl 54 in 2020, it was a major achievement not just for the Colombian singer but Latinos as a whole. After all, it’s not every day that our people get their own Nike sneaker.

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J Balvin’s take on the iconic AJ1 is full of color, complete with a textile upper with rough cuts and a DIY aesthetic β€” like exposed foam on the tongue, similar to what the late Virgil Abloh did with his own Nike shoes.

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In case you didn’t notice, Nike’s J Balvin Jordan 1 is one of the brightest sneakers ever. And, come on, why would we have them be any other way? Us Latinos love being loud, so this is this is a perfect fit.

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The sneaker also comes with these amazing removable velcro patches, which lets you swap smileys for Jumpman logos to give it a more custom look that works for you.

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With J Balvin’s Jordan 1 being a hit, we can’t wait to see what he and Nike cook up with their upcoming AJ2 β€” which is rumored to glow in the dark and have built-in LED lights.

Until then, if you don’t have this sneaker in your collection, now may be the time to change that.

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