10 Weight Loss Tips for Men
It’s almost summer and we’re still trying to lose all the weight we put on during lockdown – not to send you into a panic or anything. Your favorite swimming trunks have been staring at you for weeks now and no matter what you do, you still can’t fit into them. You could buy a new pair and admit defeat, or you could look better than you ever have in them with a new body.
We speak to Serena Poon, Celebrity Chef and Nutritionist, about 10 weight loss tips to help get you there whether you’re looking for a complete transformation or just to banish the beer belly you’ve grown since the pubs opened again.
Weight loss is less about depriving your body of calories and more about developing a holistic lifestyle that nourishes your mind as much as it does your body. Learning to thrive in your body can also increase energy levels, boost your mood, improve your sleeping pattern and fend off disease. Sound good? Let’s get to it.
1. Get enough sleep
This isn’t an obvious one and often overlooked. It might even be the reason you can’t shift those last few pounds. “Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. When you sleep, your body is resetting and replenishing, which allows it to operate optimally the next day. Sleep deprivation has been shown to be particularly deleterious for weight loss,” says Poon. Turns out beauty sleep isn’t a myth.
“Lack of sleep can lead to an increase in hunger and appetite, especially for calorie-dense foods. Sleep deprivation may disturb the hormones responsible for managing appetite and make it more difficult to make healthy food and exercise choices.” The same goes for all of our choices – when was the last time you actually made a good decision on no sleep?
2. Eat nutrient-dense foods
Ever noticed when you can’t have something you want it even more? The word “dieting” is so restrictive and you should stay away from calling it that unless you want your cravings for anything off-limit to intensify. Instead, switch it out for a “balanced diet.”
“Rather than setting out to eliminate calories or certain foods, consider shifting your mindset towards eating a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods that supply your body with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants,” she says.
Eating foods rich in nutrients can even help keep your cravings at bay. “The more nourished you are by your food, the more satisfied you will feel. Eating nutrient-dense foods can in fact help you stave off hunger. Nutrient-dense foods include fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, legumes, and lean proteins.”
Get your zen on. Meditation isn’t just about being at peace and connecting your mind, body, and soul (but that’s pretty good too). It can also help you to lose weight. “Meditation is a known stress reliever and researchers have found that stress can lead to regular overeating of troublesome foods. Managing your stress with meditation can help curtail these habits.”
While most of us overeat when stressed, it can cause others to under-eat. If you’re an under-eater, you could send your body into starvation mode. This is when anything you do eat will get stored as fat which causes you to put on weight. Whether you like to eat everything in sight or just the very thought of food makes your stomach do backflips whilst stressed, meditation can help to manage your stress levels and bad eating habits.
When you regularly meditate you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings which can give you a better indication of when you’re hungry and when you’re full. “Meditation has been shown to support weight loss by helping people get better in touch with their hunger cues,” says Poon.
You learn to speak the same language as your body and understand what it truly wants. Sometimes we think we’re hungry when we’re really just bored (looking at you midnight snackers!).
“If you are new to meditation, I recommend trying out several different methods and finding a technique that feels right for you. Start off small with just a few minutes a day and then work up to longer and deeper sessions.”
4. Eat protein in every meal
You should aim to eat protein in every meal – every meat lover’s dream. The general rule of thumb is roughly 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. “About 60 grams of protein a day is recommended for the average sedentary male,” says Poon.
“If you exercise a lot, you may want to increase this amount a bit. If you are considering a high-protein diet, make sure to speak with your doctor first, especially if you have kidney disease.”
Protein will help your body to build and sustain muscle mass which is vital for a high metabolic rate. The higher your metabolic rate, the more calories your body can burn. That guy you envy across the lunch table at work that eats so much more than you do every day but never puts any weight on? He owes it to a high metabolic rate.
It’s also super filling. “Protein has been shown to be the most satiating macronutrient. Make sure that your meals contain protein, and keep in mind that protein-filled foods make great energizing snacks.”
5. Mindful eating
Take a moment out of your busy schedule to savor your food. Slow down and enjoy the unique flavors and textures in every meal. During the week we’re hardly ever just eating. We’re always eating whilst doing something else.
Whether it’s walking to the bus stop or typing out emails at our desk, it comes second. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’ve already eaten because we ate so quick our body didn’t get a chance to register it (cue the snacks and weight gain).
After eating, your gut presses pause on ghrelin, a hormone that controls hunger. They send a signal to your brain to say that you’ve eaten which then reduces your appetite to stop you from eating any more. Eating slower will give your brain time to receive this information. If you’re a quick eater, you’re probably eating way more than you actually need to.
“A cornerstone of my Culinary Alchemy®programs is learning to get in tune with your body to eat what and when your body needs,” says Poon. “One way to do this is to incorporate mindfulness into your mealtime. Researchers have found that incorporating mindful eating practices such as eating without distractions and eating slowly and enjoying every bite, can support increased weight loss.”
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6. Be kind to yourself
“Often at times when people set out to lose weight, their inner voice speaks harshly about their body. Though this is the cultural norm, it will likely do more harm than good in your weight loss program,” explains Poon. If you slip up and eat something you weren’t meant to on a day that wasn’t a cheat day, don’t be so harsh on yourself. Tomorrow’s a new day (and the day after that, in case you need another shot).
When losing weight, do it from a place of love and positivity. Your body may not look like how you want it to, but it takes care of you unconditionally. If you wouldn’t speak to someone you care about in the same way as you speak to your body, it’s time you changed your ways.
If you want to achieve weight loss, try speaking to yourself with acceptance and patience. Practice daily affirmations, like “I am handsome,” “I am strong,” “I am nourishing my body with health-supportive foods.”
You’ll begin to see better results by being kinder to yourself instead of feeling sorry for yourself and overindulging in comfort foods. But if you want to hold onto your progress, the attitude you have towards yourself is key. “Research demonstrates that people who maintain weight loss demonstrate acceptance and self-kindness,” says Poon.
7. Exercise, but don’t try to ‘burn off’ your calories
If you’re looking to lose weight, exercise is a must. You didn’t really think we’d get through 10 top tips without mentioning exercise, did you? You’re going to have to exercise, sorry. But it’s a little more complicated than that. “Exercise is an important component of optimal health and for feeling your best. That being said, I see a lot of people use exercise as a punishment for a heavy meal or as a tool to burn off the calories ingested earlier in the day. The relationship to exercise and energy is more complicated than this and these efforts can be counterproductive,” says Poon.
“Focus first on the foods you are putting into your body and incorporate exercise as a feel-good mechanism.” We’re all about mood-boosting endorphins, but some forms of exercise are more productive than others. “It can also be helpful to consider what type of exercise you are performing. For instance, weight lifting may be more effective for creating long-term metabolism boost than cardio.” If you’re going to break a sweat, make sure it’s over a workout that has the same goal in mind as you do.
8. Drink a lot of water
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. We can’t say it enough. “Every cell in your body is made up of mostly water. If you want to feel, look, and be your best, you will want to drink copious amounts of water every day,” she says.
“I usually recommend that people drink their body weight in ounces throughout the day. So, if you are a 165-pound man, you will want to drink 165oz of filtered water in a 24 hour period” – you got this. We believe in you.
“Hydration is incredibly important for digestive health, helping everything to flow effectively through your system. Drinking water has also been shown to reduce calorie intake, according to one study published in Clinical Nutrition Research, drinking water before a meal significantly reduces consumption.” So save a glass to have with each of your meals throughout the day to eat less and drink more.
9. Consider supplementation
Low levels of micronutrients in the body can actually affect weight loss and could be sneakily sabotaging your results without you knowing. Check your micronutrient levels with your doctor and supplement where needed.
“A lack of micronutrients is often correlated with excessive weight gain. For instance, it is possible that vitamin D deficiency is tied to an increase in belly fat and decreased magnesium levels which can lead to insulin resistance.”
But there are supplements out there that can help you to lose weight. “Probiotics, specifically Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, have been shown to balance the gut microbiome in a way that supports weight loss.” People who are able to maintain long-term weight loss tend to have sufficient micronutrient levels. To be safe, always check with your doctor before starting a supplement program.
10. Intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting is a type of eating pattern that supports weight loss “by simply decreasing the number of calories consumed in a day and allowing your digestive system time to repair every evening for optimal function,” says Poon. There are several different methods of intermittent fasting, each with different time periods of eating.
“My preferred method of intermittent fasting is 12:12 intermittent fasting, in which you fast for 12 hours each day. I find that this is the healthiest and safest daily fasting option”, she says. It’s also the easiest as you can count the hours you sleep within the 12 hours so you won’t have to be awake the entire time to fight off cravings. Work smarter not harder, right? Read our beginner’s guide to intermittent fasting here to discover the best method for you and your lifestyle.
Does Running Help You Lose Weight?
We asked Certified Personal Trainer Hannah Daugherty about the benefits of running for weight loss. Here’s what she said
“Running is a high impact activity that involves multiple muscle groups, and thus burns a significant number of calories. For those just starting out, moving in general will help you begin to lose weight, especially if you were sedentary beforehand. Adding in sprints and changing up the intensity/duration of your runs as you progress will help you stay on the weight loss track (if that’s your goal) and will help prevent plateaus.
Not only can running help you lose weight or maintain a current healthy weight, but you’ll also notice improved sleep and overall mood, increased lower body strength, and an improvement in stamina/endurance! Running also helps decrease the chances for diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and can be an excellent stress reliever.”
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The 10 Best Grilling Tools for Your Summer BBQ
If you want to be a grill master, you need the right tools for the job. While having a top-quality grill is obviously vital, there are many other things you need to make your life at the grill as easy as possible.
There are plenty of tools out there that will enhance the flavor of your food and allow you to cook your meat and veggies to perfection. We’ve looked at a range of them from meat thermometers and grilling gloves to cedar planks and grill baskets.
While all these tools are different, they’re all great ways to enhance your grilling experience. We’ve searched high and low to come up with 10 that you’ll love. All you need to do is read on and choose the best grilling tools for you. Let’s get started!
1. Kizen Digital Meat Thermometers for Cooking
When cooking on the grill, it can be easy to be a little nervous about whether or not your meat is ready. With this Kizen meat thermometer, you can put those fears to bed and know exactly when your meat is done.
The reading on this thermometer only takes around three seconds, so you’re not going to be waiting around for your results. It’s waterproof and durable. This is a tool you’ll be using time and time again.
It’s versatile too. Thermometers are often required for beverage and candy making, among other things. This tool is perfect for them all and will give you readings to a very high level of accuracy.
It will automatically turn on/off when you take out the prong and there is also a temperature guide written on it. It’s very easy to use and the magnet and handle hole also makes it simple to store.
2. Alpha Grillers Heavy Duty BBQ Grilling Tools Set
You can’t become a grilling master without having a high-quality set of grilling tools. While you can buy them all separately, it makes sense to get a set such as this. It’s brilliant and comes with a spatula, fork, basting brush, and tongs.
All of them are made out of thick steel so you don’t need to worry about them succumbing to the heat. They’re also fitted with silicone grips which keep your skin safe and the tools firmly in your hand.
Their design also makes them very simple to use, including the lockable tongs that allow them to stay compact when not in use. Added to this, all four of the tools have hooks for easy storage.
One downside of grilling tools is needing to clean them after use. With this set, that won’t be an issue. Not only are they easy to wipe down, but they are also dishwasher safe. This is perfect for anyone needing a brilliant set of essential grilling tools.
3. GEEKHOM Grilling Gloves
Your hands are going to be near very hot pieces of metal and you also have the risk of fat spitting onto your skin. For those reasons, it makes sense to invest in a pair of high-quality grilling gloves.
These are made of silicone which can cope with very high heat of up to 446F. On the inside is soft cotton, making the gloves very easy to wear. The material is breathable, so you won’t need to worry about your hands sweating.
The safety of these gloves doesn’t stop at the high-temperature resistance. They also cover your wrists and have a non-slip surface, allowing you to securely grip whatever you’re holding.
Usability is also exceptional as the gloves are non-toxic and machine washable. Five colors are also available, so you can pick ones that suit your style. If you want to grill in safety and comfort, these gloves are a must.
4. Kona 360 Clean Grill Brush
You’ve cooked all your food, everyone’s loved it, and you’ve had a fantastic day. You then look down at your grill and your heart sinks. You know that it’s going to take a long time to clean and you simply can’t be bothered.
If that sounds like you then you need to get the Kona 360 Clean Grill Brush. It will drastically cut down the time you need to clean your grill. It takes minimum effort and you won’t have that dreaded feeling after you’ve finished cooking.
A great aspect of this brush is that it can be used on all grill types. The three-pronged brush allows you to clean three times faster than most other models. It’s also very easy to use with the textured finger grip and 18” handle.
Impressively, the durability is also very high here. You get a limited five year warranty which is no surprise due to its solid construction. It’s going to last for a long time and you’ll enjoy that super-quick clean time and time again.
5. Primal Grilling Premium Cedar Planks For Grilling
For those that want a unique way of cooking their food, using cedar planks is a brilliant way to do it. All you need to do is soak them in water and then grill away. It results in food that is full of moisture and flavor.
These planks are quite thick which means they don’t burn easily at all. You can use them repeatedly before they become too charred to use. They come in a pack of five, which is going to last a very long time.
The natural cedar doesn’t contain any chemicals and is a very natural way of cooking food. It’s particularly good for fish but the planks will also enhance the moisture and taste of any meat, along with any veggies you want to cook.
When you’re finished using your planks, you can pop them in the drawstring bag provided and use them again whenever you want. You’ll love the results and if you’ve never done it before, you should definitely give it a try.
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6. The Seasoned Griller Store Professional Grade Stainless Steel Grill Basket
While we love grilling, there’s no doubt that it can get messy. Veggies can also be very difficult to cook as they are hard to move around with your grilling tools and can easily fall between the gaps.
An ideal solution is to get this grilling basket from The Seasoned Griller. It’s a great way to keep all your cooking contained while heating it perfectly. The holes are big enough to allow the heat in without letting any food out.
It’s made of stainless steel and can be used on almost any grill. It is worth double-checking the dimensions to make sure it’s a good fit for your model. It’s not too big, so it shouldn’t be an issue. While it’s great for vegetables, you can cook anything with this and it makes it exceptionally easy. It saves cleaning your grill and prevents any lost food. It’s a great addition to your BBQ.
7. Victoria Cast Iron Grill Press
When it comes to pressing down your meat, most people will use the back of a spatula. It’s not what it’s designed for and isn’t great for the task. Instead, you should get a cast iron grill press.
It will help to reduce cooking time while also adding excellent flavor to your food. This model is seasoned with flaxseed oil to produce great results. It’s the ideal tool for searing or flattening meat.
It’s also simple to use, thanks to its excellent design. It has a removable cool-touch wood handle along with a textured bottom for a secure hold. It can be used for a wide variety of different meats and is ideal to have while grilling.
8. OXO Good Grips Meat Shredding Claws
Shredded meat can add an extra dimension to your food in both texture and taste. It works brilliantly with pork but you can also get wonderful results with the likes of chicken and beef.
When it comes to shredding meat, most people try to do it with regular forks, which can be extremely difficult. With these meat shredding claws, you’ll find the task to be incredibly easy.
The long handles and interlocking teeth mean that the task will get completed in no time at all. The grips are also comfortable and have a high level of heat resistance. If you want delicious shredded meat, then there’s no better tool than this.
9. Ofargo Plastic Marinade Injector
Adding flavor to your meat can be difficult. One method is to pierce holes into it with a fork or knife and try to rub marinade or seasoning in. The problem with this is that it’s not very efficient and produces mediocre results. With a marinade injector, you can put that flavor directly into the meat. The difference in results is huge.
You’ll find the meat to be much tastier and the flavor to be much more consistent throughout the meat. This injector is perfect for the job. It’s lightweight and compact so you can just place it on your shelf next to the grill, ready to go. It can easily be used one-handed and is food-safe too.
There are two different needles, one for sauce and another for liquid. It’s a great addition to your grill and takes the flavor to another level.
10. Hudson Durable Goods - Professional Grade Chef Apron
Unless you want clothes that are full of grease, food splashes, and charcoal stains, it’s a good idea to get an apron. This one comes in six different colors and they all look stylish. They’re made from heavyweight cotton that is very tough while still being comfortable to wear. Once you’ve finished using it, then you can throw it in the washing machine before using it again.
There are some great features here, such as the back straps which will prevent any neck pain. There are also four pockets and a towel look, for easy use. It’s easily adjustable and can be taken off quickly with the back buckle.
The versatile apron can be used for a lot more grilling and can be used time and time again. The quality is excellent throughout and most importantly. It’ll keep you and your clothes protected.
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Grilling Tools FAQs
At a very basic level, you definitely need a spatula, fork, and tongs. After that, it depends on what you’re cooking and how you want it to be cooked. For safety, an apron and gloves are essential whereas other tools such as cedar planks are a great luxury extra.
Grilling tools need to cope with a high level of heat and need to keep you protected from that heat. They should also be comfortable and allow you to grill with ease. Once they tick those boxes, it’s all about how they make your life easier or improve the taste of your food.
This is difficult to answer as there is a vast range of brands that make a wide array of high-quality grilling tools. We think it’s more important to focus on the quality of the product if the tool meets your needs and the customer reviews. All the tools we looked at here get our seal of approval.
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The Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey
The difference between bourbon and whiskey is as clear as mud when you’re trying to choose between brands and bottles. Bourbon needs to be American-made, aged in oak for four years, and have at least a 51% mash bill, while other American Whiskeys are made using wheat and/or rye or utilize other variations in the distillation process.
Whiskey was a term first employed during the late 1800s to differentiate Irish Whiskey and American liquor from Scotch whisky and Canadian whisky (which everyone called rye). The in-vogue Japanese whisky also went with the Scotch spelling (click here for the full breakdown of whisky versus whiskey).
The following article defines what mash bill is needed to make bourbon, but also identifies the other major American whiskey styles, bottled-in-bond, Tennessee whiskey, and single malt varieties that are beginning to become more prevalent in the US.
What Makes a Liquor Bourbon?
A frequent refrain that can be heard in Kentucky is: “Not every whiskey is a bourbon, but every bourbon is a whiskey.” To be called bourbon:
The liquor needs to be crafted from at least a 51% corn fermented grain mash bill that has been stored in charred oak barrels for four years. The spirit must have been distilled within the United States.
95% of the bourbon whiskey bottled in the U.S. is distilled in the state of Kentucky.
Is All Bourbon From Kentucky?
Kentucky is considered bourbon country, and your home bar is most likely to be stocked with expressions from the Bluegrass state. The majority of bourbon has been distilled in Kentucky since American whiskey production was drawn from the corn-producing farms of the 1700s.
Despite this, other regions – such as Tennessee, Colorado, California, and even New York – are beginning to craft and/or bottle amazing bourbon expressions. Just like with peat and barley malt for Irish Whiskey and single malt and blended Scotch in the British Isles, your liquor of choice comes from the source material.
Finding the best Kentucky bourbon is like finding the best single malt Scotch – it’s entirely subjective and based on a wide variety of factors including flavor, taste, aroma, price, and accessibility.
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Wheated bourbons are those made with a large proportion of the mash bills secondary grain being wheat, in addition to the mandated 51% minimum corn. Wheat as the secondary grain provides subtlety and contrast, adding a creaminess and gradual sweetness to the spirit than that derived from the majority corn, malted barley, or rye recipe.
Wheat is also useful during oak barrel aging, with a tendency to age much better than many traditional bourbons (up to around the 20 year mark).
Best choice: Maker’s 46 Wheated Bourbon
Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon and Whiskey
The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was a set of legal regulations created by the U.S. Government to standardize and authenticate the quality of American distilled alcoholic beverages, especially bourbon, wheat, and rye whiskey.
Prior to the time the Bottled-in-Bond Act was legislated, the American whiskey market was being decimated by inferior quality, unregulated booze. Bottled-in-bond is a whiskey label that adheres to a set of legal regulations contained in the United States government’s Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits.
The regulatory jargon breaks down as follows:
- The whiskey must be the product of a single distillation season
- The distilled spirit must be made by one distiller at one distillery
- The distilled spirit must be at least four years old
- It must be stored and aged in government bonded warehouses
- The whiskey must also be at least 100 proof (50% ABV)
- Only water may be added to the mash bill
If you purchase a bourbon whiskey or rye labeled bottled-in-bond the regulations from the Act must be met.
Best choice: New Riff Straight Bourbon Whiskey
American Rye Whiskey
For a spirit to call itself American rye whiskey, the grain mash must be made up of at least 51% actual malted rye cereal grain.
Certified rye whiskey’s initial alcohol content can’t be higher than 160 proof, or roughly 80% alcohol before it’s distilled down and eventually bottled.
Aside from the straight rye whiskey, you’ll find some rye mash bills filled out with brown sugar, corn, or malted barley, or have the wooden barrel finish in wine, rum, or brandy casks to add another flavor dimension.
Best choice: WhistlePig Rye 10 Year
American Single Malt Whiskey
Single malt and blended whiskey expressions made from malted barley are becoming more popular craft spirits in the U.S.
With Scotch whisky at its highest popularity level of all time and the emergence of Japanese whisky as a power player in the billion-dollar market for blended malt whisky, there’s an opportunity for local distillers to make quality single malt. While it lacks the cultural cachet of Scotch, American malt whisky is meticulously crafted and caters well to craft distillation.
Best choice: Westward American Single Malt
There’s a simple, yet important distinction between Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey which makes a huge impact on the taste and what goes on the label. The crucial difference is that Tennessee whiskey is filtered through sugar maple charcoal as part of the Lincoln County Process, a charcoal filtration method in which fresh whiskey passes through charcoal chips and is then put in oak casks for maturation.
For a whiskey to attain the Tennessee label, it must go through the charcoal mellowing stage, in the state of Tennessee.
Best choice: Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey
To be called bourbon, your whiskey needs to be distilled in America for a minimum of four years in oak barrels, with a mash bill of at least 51% corn. If it’s predominantly rye, wheat, or malt grain-based, then by law the spirit can’t be called bourbon.
Figuring out what constitutes whisky or whiskey is a lot simpler than in the past when nobody really knew what was going on. The simplest way to remember is If the country of origin has an “e” in it, then spell it whiskey. See, clear as mud!
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The 10 Best Jordans of All Time
Even if you are not a sneakerhead and don’t know all the nitty-gritty details of every pair of kicks on the market, you’re sure to recognize a pair of Jordans when you see them. Or not. I can spot a pair from a mile away; however, I have a friend that doesn’t know the difference between a pair of Nike Jordans and a pair of Adidas Gazelles, which is upsetting, but I digress…
One of the most classic and iconic sneaker styles ever, Jordans have been around for over 30 years and continue to be a part of rare and exclusive collaborations, making them a collector’s dream, with some pairs going for $12k or more. So get your wallet and credit cards out because you may just max them out as you go through this list.
1. Jordan 1 Retro Chicago (2015)
Undoubtedly the most popular style and colorway of all time as far as Jordan’s go. Last released in 2015, this iconic high-top silhouette has become the staple for street ballers, basketball fans, and sneakerheads alike. Since the airing of The Last Dance, the white/varsity red-black Chicago colorway has skyrocketed in popularity, but for the right price you can still get your hands on a pair.
2. Jordan 3 Retro Black Cement (2018)
To celebrate Mr. Jordan’s 55th birthday in 2018, the Jordan 3 Retro emblazoned sneakers feature the original “Nike Air” branding on the black cement for the first time since 2001. This mid-top kick has a black-based leather upper with cement grey, fire red, and white accents. Finished off by the iconic elephant print detailing, it’s one of the most iconic Jordan’s around.
3. Jordan 6 Retro Black Infrared (2019)
The Air Jordan 6 Retro “Infrared” is a 2019 re-release of the OG colorway. The shoe’s black nubuck upper includes a reflective 3M layer with perforations throughout for breathability. The heel, tongue, and lock sport Infrared accents, with the color also featured on the signature midsole detailing. Visible Air in the heel provides cushioning, while the translucent sections continue down onto the outsole for traction.
4. Jordan 1 Retro High OG Shadow 2.0
This very rare OG colorway has hit shelves only three times in the 30 year history of Jordans, making these a must-own for any AJ1 collector. The shoe features a black and grey leather upper with original “Nike Air” branding on the tongue tag and insoles, along with a white midsole and black outsole. It should be noted that the grey leather panels found on the “Shadow 2.0” are lighter in color than the original grey leather on the first “Shadow.”
5. Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Shattered Backboard
Released in 2015, the “Shattered Backboard” Air Jordan 1 High is inspired by a 1985 exhibition game in Italy in which Michael Jordan broke the glass backboard after a dunk. Constructed in high-quality tumbled leather in the original high top silhouette, the orange, black, and white colorway is taken from the team uniform MJ wore during the game and modeled after the OG “Black Toe” AJ1 color block. Highly limited upon its initial release, the “Shattered Backboard” Air Jordan 1 disappeared quickly and is now one of the most sought after pairs of not just Jordans, but of sneakers, in general.
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6. Air Jordan 1 Retro Royal (2017)
An original colorway of Michael Jordan’s first signature shoe, this 2017 re-release receives an upgrade in regards to the quality of materials used and its shape, which is truer to the actual 1985 release. The Varsity Royal blue paneling appears in tumbled leather on the toe box, Swooshes, heel, and ankle.
Black premium leather covers the remainder of the upper to complete the classic color blocking. A clean, white midsole balances out the shoe, maintaining the iconic motif along with the Varsity Royal outsole.
7. Jordan 13 Retro Low Chutney
Putting a spin on the iconic Jordan 13 design, Tinker Hatfield designed the Chutney as a stand out in the Air Jordan family. And stand out they do.
The difference between this chutney design and a traditional 13 lies in the cut. These retros replace the classic high top style with a mid top and feature a tan suede upper.
8. Jordan 1 Retro High Dior
If you happen to have $10k-12k burning a hole in your pocket then here is a place for you to spend it. One of the most highly anticipated launches, The Dior x Air Jordan 1 High sneakers are the first collaboration between the luxury brand and sneaker giant.
Featuring a premium white leather upper with wolf grey overlays and the classic Dior logo on the swoosh, this version of the iconic high-top silhouette is a stand-out. The collar has also been altered, stamped with a special “Air Dior” logo.
9. Air Jordan 1 Retro High Rust Pink
Again, if you happen to have $6+ grand just waiting to be spent, first, what do you do for a living, if I may ask, and second, please buy these shoes. These Jordan 1 Retro High Rust Pink kicks were released in early 2017, adding a coral pink “Rust Pink” hue to the two-tone color blocking previously seen on other classic AJ1 silhouettes.
The black paneling features a premium tumbled leather construction, while the midsole appears in white.
10. Air Jordan 5 Retro SP PS “Off-White - Sail
Every sneakerhead remembers when Nike teamed up with Virgil Abloh for the now iconic “The Ten” collection. Abloh added a second colorway to his Jordan 5 collaboration with the Jordan 5 Retro High “Off-White Sail.” This release pays homage to the first pair of Jordans that Virgil ever owned, the Air Jordan 5.
In signature fashion, Virgil has reimagined this classic silhouette with his own recognizable style. This Jordan 5 consists of a sail textile mesh upper with translucent netted panels and circular window inserts throughout the shoe. 3M reflective tongues, fire red Jordan branding, and an aged translucent outsole completes the design.
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