The entire HTM Kobe 9 low pack is absolutely incredible, but this pair is straight perfection to me...
A huge thanks goes out to the SoleCollector team for choosing me to be in their first NICHE video!
"Sole Collector's latest original video series NICHE makes its debut with a look at well-known collector Phase2's unique collection of PEs, prototypes and samples.
Known as 'The Guy from Alaska,' Jermaine Tolentino is no stranger in the footwear community. Jermaine's collection has been recognized for years, thanks to an arsenal of player exclusives, prototypes & samples he's holding.
As seen in our debut episode of NICHE, Jermaine owns some of the rarest and most unique sneakers out there, which includes everything from kicks worn by MJ himself to rare tennis x basketball shoe mash-ups done up by Nike.
Check the video above for a look at Jermaine's Collection, and be sure to look out for more episodes of NICHE, showcasing some of the rarest and most particular collections in the fast-growing sneaker community."
-Luis Sanchez of SoleCollector
Once again, I can't thank the SoleCollector team enough for this video! The feedback is very humbling, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience! Be sure to check out their blog for all of the latest sneaker news and information!
These new Air Jordan I Retros are quite interesting. They aren't exactly true to the original version, as they have a lower ankle cut and other little cues that "normal" Air Jordan I's don't have. Don't get me wrong, I personally think that they are amazing! The material choice was on point, and they feel great on foot. But, one little detail leaves me puzzled... Why would they add the TYPS tag stamps on the sock liner?
If you didn't already know, original Air Jordan I's from 1985 didn't have size "tags" per se. They had a little stamp on the ankle collar that included the shoe size, production date, and the particular factory they were made in. Original Jordan I PE's made for MJ himself had special tagging, which ended in TYPS (Tong Yang Promo Sample).
I'm not sure why this newer set of deconstructed Air Jordan I's had a TYPS stamp on the liner... They don't resemble anything like an original MJ PE. If anyone has an answer to this, leave a comment or shoot me an email!
I wore an unreleased Sample of the Air Jordan XII lows today. These were early Samples made when JB decided to Retro the XII game shoe in low top form.
The Eminem IV's and the Undefeated IV's are usually mentioned in the same conversation. The hype has always been high for both colorways, and they both seem to be equally tough to track down.
A lot of people don't know this, but the Eminem IV's were actually inspired by Eddie Cruz's Blackberry color from way back in 2004. If you don't know who Eddie Cruz is, he was one of the founders of Undefeated... Crazy coincidence right?
I'm guessing that the colorway ultimatey wasn't used, and Eminem might have come across a Look-See Sample pair at NikeHQ. The color scheme happens to be quite similar to a familiar Detroit sports team... Just some food for thought!
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.