It actually adds better fit since the elasticity of the material is mostly on the ribbed upper opening, the rest of the shoes isn't as tight so the laces actually helps if you want a closer fit. You really have to try them on and experience to know how useful it is for a performance standpoint. Casually, it can certainly be worn w/o them.
The Air Jordan 1 OG Black/Red release date is set for December 28 — THE quintessential AJ1 colorway with all the original detailing. Red heel, collar and toe contrast an otherwise black leather upper, which sits on a white midsole and red outsole.
The Wings logo adorns the collar, while “NIKE AIR” is scrawled across the tongue, and Jumpman logos are entirely absent. You could very easily make the case for this being the greatest shoe of all time. Retail, as with all Air Jordan 1 Retro Hi OGs, is $140.
If youre quick, it's still shitty, but stores presale them for about $210
I'd pay $210
Regarding overseas drops, I had excellent kopping luck in London on AJ 3's and 4's. I happened to be in London during a couple of drops and it seems like they sell out a couple of days after the States does. Might be worth monitoring UK stores like End and Offspring