In the Fall of 1985, Michael Jordan was quickly becoming a household name. The fresh-faced high-flyer from North Carolina was preparing to embark on his second NBA season, on the heels of an electric Rookie of the Year campaign.

Just three games into the season, in an October tilt with the Golden State Warriors, Jordan landed awkwardly. The diagnosis was that his foot was broken and Jordan’s ascension would have to be put on hold. He would finally return in March and catapult the Bulls into the playoffs, where he would make history in the Boston Garden–scoring a NBA playoff record 63 points against the defending champions–before being swept out of the first round.

Last week, one of the rarest pieces of Jordan memorabilia to date was set to hit the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction house: a version of MJ’s iconic “Chicago” Jordan I, which features modifications to help with Jordan’s foot rehab back in 1985. The sneakers feature two straps, one on the outside above the midsole and another around the ankle, and are signed by “His Airness” himself. Bids are expected to begin at $100,000 and the seller expects them to reach as high as $300,000-$500,000 when the auction closes. It’s that rare piece of memorabilia that not only features the on-court fashion of the era, but illustrates how far we’ve come with technological advancements in footwear during the last 35 years as well.

No online retailer has the same breadth and depth of selection as Grailed. From early-’90s runners to Jack Kerouac-inspired Asics (and everything in between)–in no particular order, these are our picks for Grailed Sneaker Stories of the Week.

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