Posts Tagged ‘Jordan’

A Closer Look at the Air Jordan 13 “History of Flight”

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Air Jordan 13, Jordan Brand will be releasing the “History of Flight” edition of the iconic sneaker on Saturday.

With the Chicago Bulls colors of white and red gracing the upper, the Air Jordan 13 “History of Flight” was first sampled in 2009 and now will formally release to the delight of serious Jordan heads.

Launching on Saturday, July 22, the Air Jordan 13 “History of Flight” will available at select retailers like Livestock.


Air Jordan 13 “History of Flight”

Air Jordan 13 “History of Flight”

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Air Jordan 5 “Corona” Custom by Nard Got Sole

There’s no better way to cool down in the summer than a cold beverage. What better way to show that off than with a Corona both in hand and on feet?

Nard Got Sole out of Houston, Texas uses the concepts of the Jordan 5 “Laney” colorway for his latest rendering. With a darker shade of blue paying homage to the packaging, this one of a kind custom definitely stands out as the back of the shoe has the “Corona” logo in blue and the crown in gold.

Take a look at this refreshing custom below thanks to Nard Got Sole, and be sure to check out his Instagram for more inquiries and customs here.

Custom Corona 5
Air Jordan 5 “Corona” Custom by Nard Got Sole
Custom Corona 5
Air Jordan 5 “Corona” Custom by Nard Got Sole
Custom Corona 5
Air Jordan 5 “Corona” Custom by Nard Got Sole

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Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Obsidian” // Release Date

Inspired by an unreleased PE made for Michael Jordan during his Hall of Fame career, the Air Jordan 11 Low IE will be making a return in a few weeks in an Obsidian and White colorway.

Featuring an Obsidian blue-based premium leather upper with tonal suede detailing, the low top sneaker’s look is completed with a perfectly contrasting white midsole and translucent outsole.

Releasing on July 29 at various retailers like Feature, keep an eye on Nice Kicks for more release date information and peep photos ot the Air Jordan XI Retro Low IE “Obisidian” below.


Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE “Obsidian”

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE “Obsidian”

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE “Obsidian”

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE “Obsidian”

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Russell Westbrook Gets Air Jordan XXX1/10/10 PE Pack for His MVP Season

We all know what Jordan Brand does when one of their athletes wins a ring, but what about when they win NBA MVP? We found out today as 2016-17 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook scored a very appropriate Air Jordan XXX1/10/10 PE Pack for his accomplishments.

Playing literally and figuratively off his sensational stat line, the package is literally a triple-double as it includes three pairs pulling from his 31, 10 and 10 season long averages. It works perfectly, too, as the XXX1 proved the shoe he made history in while the AJ10 has been a PE favorite of Mr. Why Not since his early days in OKC.

While the XXX1s went live on SNKRS, our buddies at J23App pulled a preview of the fixings gifted to Russ. Would you cop this package if released at retail? Let us know in the comments section and congrats to Mr. Westbrook.

Russell Westbrook's Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook's Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook's Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook's Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook's Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook's Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook's Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack
Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan 31/10/10 PE Pack

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adidas Explodes in US Market Share While Nike, Jordan Slide

Last year, Nike, Inc. (which includes Nike, Jordan Brand and Converse), took home nine of the top ten spots in the list of best selling sneakers in the US. Still, it was adidas who claimed the lone and top spot of #1 seller in 2016 with the Superstar.

While the Swoosh and the Jumpman still lead the Stripes in US market share, bar graphs depicting domestic market share in May of 2016 versus that of 2017 show adidas catching up.

Sneakerheads will point to the wave beginning in 2015 with the debut of the Yeezy line while the mass success of Boost and halo effect have of Kanye have certainly helped their cool cache. With that said, the market as a whole is typically behind the innovators that compose such a sector as our own and the numbers seem to show it as reflected in 2017.

Will adidas’ momentum roll on or will Nike and Jordan continue to lead them in the US? Let us know your opinion in the comments section.

Info via NPD Group & Yahoo! Finance

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Air Jordan “Originals” Poster by Dillon Scott

Let’s face it, as much as you would like to have every single pair of the original Air Jordans, you can’t have them.  For starters, obtaining deadstock pairs at this point is practically impossible with the age of these gems and then when you factor in the fact that the prices would be enough for a new house, alternative ways to appreciate greatness are in order.

Atlanta based artist Dillon Scott has just released a limited edition poster that will look good in your space celebrating all of the OGs from Air Jordan 1-14 without the need to worry about yellowing and crumbled midsoles.

Scoop your copy of this print from his site Dobega for $ 30.

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Scottie Pippen Says His Nike Air More Uptempo Stood Out More Than The Jordan 11

In 1996, Hall-of-Famer Scottie Pippen had a very unique signature sneaker, the Nike Air More Uptempo, which featured huge letters on both sides of the shoe. In conjunction with the Bulls’ success that year, Pippen’s shoe was extremely popular, much like his teammate Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 11. Pippen though, believes that his shoes stand out more than the Jordan 11.

In an interview with Nike, Pippen said in the Bulls’ locker room, the Nike Air More Uptempo stood out more than the Jordan 11 and the Shake Ndestrukt:

Looking back at that ’96 Bulls team, you had the Jordan 11 and the Shake Ndestrukt. What was the reaction to your shoe in the locker room?
I think mine stood out a little more just because of what it said. It was kind of the graffiti basketball shoe — making a statement in real big letters. So it stood on its own.

That year in the playoffs, a bunch of your teammates wore 11s. Were you influenced by them to wear that shoe as well?
Oh no, no. I mean, I did wear Jordans in some games, but I have always tried to focus on my brand or the shoe that I was wearing to make sure I stood by it and believed in it.

Pippen obviously has personal pride, which is why he is hyping up his own sneaker. And from a simplistic viewpoint, Pippen isn’t wrong since the lettering on his shoes do make the Nike Air More Uptempo stand out. But the Jordan 11 are one of the greats and stand out in more than just one way.

Nike Air More Uptempo
Nike Air More Uptempo

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OVO x Jordan Trunner LX Dropped at 306 Yonge Toronto Opening

When Drake previewed a mysterious Jordan Trunner LX earlier this month in Black/White-Metallic Gold, we were pretty certain that it was an upcoming OVO collaboration. Turns out we were right; the shoe dropped this weekend at Jordan Brand’s new 306 Yonge outpost in Toronto.

The OVO x Jordan Trunner LX released exclusively at the new Toronto store in celebration of its opening this past weekend. It features the OVO owl logo at the heel while the above mentioned colorway blankets the early 2000’s trainer.

There’s no word on if the shoe will release further. Stay tuned for more details.

Surprise drop at the Jordan store in Toronto! Well done guys ?? keeping these under-covers up until the grand opening! Simple colorway–nicely executed!

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Air Jordan 5 “Blue Suede” Takes Flight This September

Following numerous leaks of the shoe dating back to early spring, today we take our best look yet at this summer’s Air Jordan 5 “Blue Suede” release.

This premium take on the 1990-produced shoe is best defined by its lush suede upper which glows in Game Royal matched by black and silver accents at the tongue, heel branding and midsole. The tonal mesh window adds a contemporary flair to the upcoming release that lands in stores on September 20.

Take a closer look at the Air Jordan 5 “Blue Suede” below and share yours thoughts.

Air Jordan 5 “Blue Suede”

Colorway: Game Royal/Black-Game Royal
Style #: 136021-401
Release Date: September 20, 2017
Price: $ 190

Air Jordan 5 "Blue Suede"
Air Jordan 5 “Blue Suede”
Air Jordan 5 "Blue Suede"
Air Jordan 5 “Blue Suede”
Air Jordan 5 "Blue Suede"
Air Jordan 5 “Blue Suede”
Air Jordan 5 "Blue Suede"
Air Jordan 5 “Blue Suede”

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In Retrospect // Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red” Pack

When it came to collecting kicks in 2005 (yes, collecting not flipping) the ‘cult’ was definitely still in ‘culture’ as lining up to get Jordans at the mall on Saturday mornings was far from mainstream even if Nelly was rappin’ about Forces and big brands were investing in a rapper from Queens or a kid from Akron.

While 2005 certainly wasn’t all Timbs, G-Units or White-on-Whites, it still mostly was as the average middle schooler couldn’t pronounce Huarache and dropping more on a pair of kicks than an entire outfit was deemed silly. Yup, real life was still the runway for a neck-breaking shoe and only impressed two or three people in the know. Still, the internet and online communities were beginning to grow as sneaker obsessors had e-homies to dap in the dial-up days. So, where were these closet kick collectors congregating on the days and nights that weren’t a Jordan Saturday?

Niketalk.

The online forum that is irreplaceable for sneakerheads approaching or above 30 and impossible to navigate for everyone else served as THE place to find out about Jordan release dates before blogs boomed or brands had a hard calendar/colorway campaign for anything with sales appeal. Yes, when it came to being up on kicks Niketalk was the end all be all.

So, 12 years ago today if you were hitting F5 on your desktop at odd hours of the morning it was because your fam on NT let you know about a Rare Air online exclusive from Jordan Brand: the Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red” Pack.

Air Jordan 4 Laser "Fire Red" Pack
Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red”

Retailing for a then super-steep $ 200, there was a lot to be excited about in regards to this pack but there was also a lot to complain about. On the good side, this was the closest thing to a “Fire Red” retro anyone had seen since the colorway hit the court on Mike back in ’89. The added Laser component probably could’ve been done without for any of the core consumers at the time, but in hindsight it told the story of the brand’s 20th anniversary and distinguished the drop from future variations.

While NT’ers complained about the leather wings, lack of Nike Air branding and weak inclusion of a flexfit hat and matching t-shirt, best believe everyone in the know was going to shoot their shot on these. Those lucky enough to secure a pair (this author included) still consider themselves fortunate to get them in what was one of the first online exclusive launches from JB and also a bit of an introduction to the polarizing pack/package program.

Still, the Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red” lives in an odd space. Many OGs felt like they fell for the okey doke as the AJ4 would later launch in closer to OG iterations like the “Mars Blackmon” variation and the eventual real deal (though still lackluster in regards to branding and leather) launch in 2012. Just the same, the “Fire Red” Laser motif would find its way onto Fusions, effectively watering down unique appeal to some level.

Air Jordan 4 Laser "Fire Red" Pack
Air Jordan 4 Laser “Fire Red”

So, while pack pairs like the Air Jordan 12 “Nubuck” eventually dropped in solo steeze and the Laser 4’s black brethren lives on in fresh fashion thanks to Kid Cudi co-sign and Travis Scott steeze, where does this “Fire Red” pair land in the history books? Is it a sleeper? A classic? A dud? Well, as we remember the shoe that had the internet going nuts 12 years ago today, we ask you your take in the voting poll and comments section.

Regardless, thanks for the memories, JB and NT.

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