Who remembers this era?
Not to discredit Nike SB today, but times have definitely changed. This was back when people would visit the Nike SB website for updated information and pictures. This was back when the product quality and the shape was great. This was back when your could walk into a random skate shop to find some of today's gems sitting on the shelf. This was back in the "Glory Days" of the Nike Dunk SB... #TBT
Huge thanks goes out to JordanBrand for sending me this Jumpman collectors piece!
Not sure if you can tell in the picture, but this piece is thick and heavy. The craftsmanship on this build is incredible!
Thanks again JB!
To celebrate Michael Jordan's 51st birthday, I decided to make a quick list of five random MJ PE's that some people might not know about. His Airness had plenty of special PE's made for him, but the following are a few of my personal favorites in unreleased color ways. None of these pictures are mine, but they are older pictures that I had saved in my hard drive.
These yellowish laser IV's were specifically made for MJ. The suede upper has the same laser pattern as the other released laser IV colorways. If I remember correctly, these had a production date from 2005. These have never released to the public, but this exact pair now sits in an incredible PE collection in California.
These aren't your average SpaceJam XI's... These are OG Prototypes! The SpaceJam XI wasn't even an OG colorway for the public---They came out when the XI first retroed. If you look closely, the patent leather is super thick with the white outline like the other OG XI's. This picture doesn't show the unique Concord purple accents, unlike the royal blue on all the released pairs.
MJ didn't play in a lot of low tops, but this is one of the cleaner pairs in my opinion. This black/white/red low XIII colorway never released, but they probably would've sold well if they did back in 1998! There is actually another variation of these with black pods instead of white, but I personally like these better.
Will you be in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend? Repost this picture along with the #TakeFlightNOLA & #FlightClub hashtags for a chance to attend some exclusive Jordan Brand events!
I won't be able to make it out this year, so go have fun and party hard for the rest of us!
After months of anticipation, the "Red October" Air Yeezy II's finally released. They were a Nike.com release done through Twitter link only, and sold out almost instantly.
I tried and failed, but I'm happy to see that Nike has successfully pulled off a true "Quickstrike" release. With all the blogs and social media these days, it's a bit more difficult to succeed in surprising the market (especially with the magnitude of the hype surrounding this product).
Did you get lucky?
The AirJordan XX isn't loved by everyone, but it's one of my personal favorite game shoes. The IPS, the story telling lasered strap, all the different packaging accessories, etc. Pretty much the whole package was ahead of its time.
This is an early Sample with a few notable differences. These don't have the pearlized patent leather upper, and they also don't have the long crease grooves on the sides/toebox. I honestly like the released version better, but these are still pretty neat to have in my collection.
Thank you Mr. Hatfield for creating this wonderful piece of art!
So TheShoeGame.com created a 2013 Sneaker Yearbook... What's a yearbook without class Superlatives?
Huge thanks goes out to TheShoeGame for choosing me for "Most Knowledgeable" in 2013! I'm truly humbled for even being considered for any award or superlative! The gesture is much appreciated!
Be sure to check out their website TheShoeGame.com for the latest in all things sneaker related!
Have you ever wondered why the Hare VIIs on the older Retro Cards had an all red tongue?
I've had that thought stuck in the back of my mind for years. I've always had the feeling that there was an old Sample floating around somewhere out there. Well, it turns out that there is a pair, and it's located at the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, OR. It's actually the pair that's been on display in the Michael Jordan building lobby for years.
This is an OG size 13 OG Hare VII Sample with some incredible suede used on the upper. These have the all red tongue instead of the crazy pattern seen on all the released Hare VIIs.
I'm not 100% sure on this, but I'm guessing that this was the exact pair used for the Retro Card photo. I could be wrong, but either way, this is a super cool Sample variation.
The AirJordan XX3 is my favorite shoe design. It's not loved by everyone, but I personally think that it's the most photogenic shoe out there. Some people might not know this, but the toe box design borrowed cues from its two older siblings: the XX and the III (nice little nod to the XX3 name). All three shoes were mainly designed by Tinker, so the family DNA was definitely in the mix.
Can you see the resemblance?