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Book 1’s: Ranking the Colorways

Devin Booker’s first signature shoe with Nike is set for wide release in the near future. But we’ve already seen a handful of colorways. Let’s rank the ones we’ve seen so far.

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As you’ve probably heard, Nike finally decided to give Devin Booker his first signature shoe, the Book 1, this season. In typical Book fashion, his shoe made its debut to the world in about the coolest way possible: being worn by Drake during his concert in Phoenix (something, according to Book, he didn’t know Drake was going to do).

To date, the only way the general public has been able to get their hands on a pair was through a limited release of 500 pairs through Nike’s SNKR app back in December. Oh… and it was only for users in Miami (genius move, Nike).

But that doesn’t mean we haven’t already seen our fair share of colorways from Book. And, as Bright Side of the Sun’s self-proclaimed resident sneakerhead, I thought I’d rank the colorways we’ve seen so far.

(Bear with me through the first couple of entries here, as things will get a little more interesting when we get to the colorways that pay homage to some classics.)

8. Triple Black/Black & Gold

I lump these two together because, well, they look really similar. I will also note that ranking them last is not a knock on these at all. It speaks more to how phenomenal the rest of the colorways are.

But, hey, everyone needs a pair of black shoes, right? They go with anything.

7. Cool Grey

This version is the first on this list that demonstrates the versatility of the shoe - exactly where/how it can be customized. Here, Book uses just two colors like he does in the black and gold, but expands the use of that second color to areas beyond the Nike Swoosh - namely, the toe cap, heel, and eyelet.

Simple and understated. Not a ton going on, but still a fantastic looking shoe.

6. Air Max 95 “Neon”

Now, things start to get fun. We know that Devin Booker has a taste for the classics. We see it in the cars that he drives, and he brings the same flavor to his first signature shoe.

The Nike Air Max 95 may not have the name recognition as, for example, the Jordan 1, but it’s consistently maintained popularity since, well, 1995. The colorway that this Book 1 honors - the Neon - is of particular importance because it was the first release of the “95.”

Book paying homage to the first of a consistent, beloved classic seems quite fitting.

5. Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard”

The Jordan 1 is another classic and, although it was just introduced in 2015, the Shattered Backboard quickly became an iconic colorway. The shoe’s popularity arises from the story to which it was tied.

After his first season with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan went on a European tour with Nike. On August 25, 1985, he played an exhibition game in Trieste, Italy, and did this:

Of course, Jordan shattered that backboard wearing the orange, black, and white of the team he was playing for, Stefanel Trieste, and a pair of Jordan 1s. Hence, the name. Hence the colors. Hence, the hype. (If you want to read more about that game, you can do so here.)

Book paying homage to a “new classic” (if you will) is, again, fitting. And this colorway hits the nail on the head. Indeed, the panel layout of the Book 1 and Jordan 1 are so similar that the Book 1 Shattered Backboard is almost the spitting image of the Jordan 1 low top version.

Last, but not least, the Shattered Backboard colorway includes the color orange and we all live on Planet Orange, so it has to make its way up these rankings.

4. For All the Dogs

Speaking of Planet Orange, this colorway brings all the orange. And, you know what? It works. But I don’t need to tell you why. As you see above, PJ Tucker is a fan - and that dude knows shoes.

And if that’s not enough for you, how about these guys?

Jusuf Nurkic (whose hair always looks fly):

Grayson Allen:

And… y’all know who he is… he’s Kevin Durant:

The list goes on, as Mikal Bridges and Cameron Payne have shown love to the Book 1s through the season, as well.

That said, these, of course, are the shoes subject to Nike’s infinite wisdom (see above). So, unless you’re one of the lucky few hundred in Miami or are willing to pay absurd prices on the secondary market (I found my size for a cool $5,000 on eBay), you probably won’t get your hands on a pair.

But they’re still dope.

3. Jordan 1 “Metallic Purple”

We covered orange, so now let’s get to purple. These colorways pay homage to another Jordan 1 colorway and, again, it hits the nail on the head. All white with the purple Swoosh and purple color looks clean. The fact that the purple is done in a plastic finish that adds some shine brings a little more pop to this colorways. Overall, a sharp looking shoe that fits perfectly into the color scheme of the Suns.

2. Be Legendary.

If you are not aware of the Devin Booker and Kobe Bryant “be legendary” story, this sums it up pretty well:

Then, for the last couple of seasons, we’ve seen Book wearing purple Kobe 4 PEs - which, from my perspective, should someday be seen as an iconic colorway in its own right. This version brings that colorway to the Book 1.

The purple is beautiful - it pops. But even more beautiful is the nod that this shoe gives to Book’s relationship with Kobe and the colorway that pays tribute to that relationship.

1. Moss Point

This colorway pays homage to Book’s Moss Point Air Force One, which was released back in 2019. Since then, it has become quite the sought-after shoe. I own a pair and they are, hands down, my favorite shoes.

And Book brings every aspect of his Air Force One version to the Book 1 version. The “Made in Moss Point” on the tongue is there. As are the “No, Sir” and “Yes, Ma’am” on the heel. Put simply, it takes every aspect of my favorite Air Force One and brings it to the Book 1. Ranking this number one on the list is a no-brainer for me.

But, alas, if you are hoping to get your hands on a pair of the Moss Points, rumors are that these may only be player exclusives - so, no release to the general public.

We’ll see if this ends up being the case. If not, then I would expect this colorway to be the most sought-after one on the list.

We will also have to see what else Book has up his sleeve in terms of colorways. I certainly expect more to come down the pike. So far, I feel as though the colorways have continued to get more and more appealing. Hopefully, that trend continues.

But, either way, I would imagine that a lot of Suns fans will be expanding their shoe collections this year.

Agree with the rankings? Disagree with the rankings? Let me know in the comments.


Which Book 1 colorway is your favorite thus far?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Triple Black/Black & Gold
    (10 votes)
  • 6%
    Cool Grey
    (13 votes)
  • 5%
    Air Max 95 "Neon"
    (11 votes)
  • 29%
    Jordan 1 "Shattered Backboard"
    (60 votes)
  • 11%
    For All the Dogs
    (23 votes)
  • 13%
    Jordan 1 "Metallic Purple"
    (28 votes)
  • 15%
    Be Legendary.
    (32 votes)
  • 13%
    Moss Point
    (27 votes)
204 votes total Vote Now

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