Sneakerheads are usually divided into two categories: those who are for the culture, and those who are just after the hype. Obviously, some are both. Either way, sneakerheads’ perception about shoes also vary and are somewhat impacted by various reasons.
As a result, several sneakers receive prejudice that may linger both within the community and the shoe itself for eternity. Such criticisms are somewhat common, and some are warranted.
For some reason, however, some pairs are always being thrown into these types of conversations. After getting involved in the sneaker community for quite some time, one thing to notice is that in circulating arguments about “bad” sneakers, the Air Jordan 1 Mid often tops the list.
But why do a lot of sneakerheads hate the Air Jordan 1 Mid?
To enlighten the sneaker enthusiasts, especially those who are new to the culture, here are some of the reasons why the sneaker community “hates” the said shoe.
1. The Air Jordan 1 Mid is not the Air Jordan 1 High
2. Lack of Hype
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3. Low Resale Value
4. Sneaker Community’s Influence
The hate towards the Air Jordan 1 Mid emerged in circulation ages ago, but in the modern era where we are dominated by social media, the fire spreads faster. Dominos fall quickly after even a simple comment from a big name in the community.
In hindsight, sneakerheads love to ride the waves and blend in. So even those who have no personal grudge against the sneaker will start hating because it is the trend.
This is how it goes in the sneaker community, and the mainstream media continues to fan the flame. So when someone says that a sneaker is “trash”, everyone else follows suit. Basically, some sneakerheads’ hate is baseless and unjustifiable rather, they are judgments that are rooted in the culture.
Unfortunately, this particular system in the community discourages other sneakerheads from purchasing what they want. This is the dark side of the sneaker culture, and unfortunately, the Air Jordan 1 Mid is the common victim.
But does the Air Jordan 1 Mid deserve all the hate?
This is an unpopular opinion, but the Air Jordan 1 Mid truly deserves a spot in anybody’s shoe rack.
The pair may be inferior, but it is an absolute bang for the buck. Putting aside the comparison between the highs and the mids, the latter are actually pretty good and durable. Not to mention that some colorways are directly adopted from the Retro Highs.
Also, granted that mids are easier to find and are cheaper than the high top, purchasing a pair will most likely not break a sweat.
We could say that the Air Jordan 1 Mid is a good starter shoe. To those who are new in the sneaker community, copping mid-top pairs can boost some confidence before suffering from massive “L’s” when chasing hyped sneakers.
Kidding aside, Air Jordan 1 Mids are very accessible and easier to put into fashion. Remember that the highs are not for everybody, fashion-wise, so a mid-top could be a better option.
Just a simple tip from a fellow sneakerhead: cop and rock what you want and don’t let others dictate your shoe collection.