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The Jordans Obama Got Before Anyone Else…


Remember a few weeks back when President Obama visited the Nike campus to talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership that has caused quite the stir since? Well, as another part of the trip, the leader of the free world also received some custom sneakers. No, these aren’t your struggle NikeiD Huaraches or some shit because, again, this is the Commander-in-chief we’re talking about. Obama got laced with two new renditions of the Jordan I and Jordan XXIX and T Magazine got the exclusive look at the pairs that OB Obama might very well cross up his chief of staff in on the White House court. Though, like, you gotta let him win regardless. You can’t be out here posterizing the dude with the power to send you straight to Guantanamo. OG Nike design legends Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker, plus the Jumpman himself, Michael Jordan, teamed up to create the two pair “MTM” pack Nike is releasing in June in celebration of 30 years of the Air Jordan brand. Obviously, when you’re the goddamn president, you’re firmly team early. I mean, nobody is a bigger #influencer than the big homie.

The Jordan Is get a slick FlyWeave construction in black and grey, while the XXIXs come in smooth black leather. The sneakers will be dropping in a crazy limited two-pair pack on June 13th at NikeLab Paris and later on June 26th at Jordan Brand’s website and select Jordan outlets for a rumoured hefty £460


Air Jordan 1 Retro Lo OG Bred


Two years after dropping the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG to kick off 2013, Jordan Brand is dropping the low-top version of His Airness’ original Swoosh-emblazoned low-top: the Air Jordan 1 Retro Low OG. Decked out in leather with a nylon tongue and sporting a Black/Varsity Red-Sail colorway, the kicks retain their classic “Nike Air” branding on the tongue and see the iconic wings logo at the heel.

Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 by Lance Mountain

nike-sb-x-air-jordan-1-by-lance-mountain-5The second installment in the crossover between Nike’s skateboarding and Air Jordan canons comes courtesy of skate veteran Lance Mountain. Though regarded as a legend for his contributions to pool and jump ramp shredding in the late 1980′s, Mountain also introduced Michael Jordan’s first professional model to skateboarding’s fashion sense – purely by circumstance. Around the time of Bones Brigade’s highly-influential In Search of Animal Chin video, Mountain filmed his footage in mismatched Air Jordan 1‘s, customized with paint markers and multi-colored laces for durability and uniqueness – a style reiterated in this current incarnation. Over 20 years later, here we find the Air Jordan 1 silhouette done up with premium black leather uppers, detailed respectively with red and blue accents. As each pair is worn away, the shoe becomes an individual statement – exactly as those radical Californian punks intended years ago. A video below gives Mountain’s take on the shoe, which releases online and at select Nike SB retailers on June 7.nike-sb-x-air-jordan-1-by-lance-mountain-4 nike-sb-x-air-jordan-1-by-lance-mountain-5 nike-sb-x-air-jordan-1-by-lance-mountain-6 nike-sb-x-air-jordan-1-by-lance-mountain-1 nike-sb-x-air-jordan-1-by-lance-mountain-2 nike-sb-x-air-jordan-1-by-lance-mountain-3

Dead Dilly Sneaker Collab Illustrations

dbda04e684561052d64115c5121228b2-442x572Dead Dilly, who we recently commissioned to imagine Kanye x Adidas and evenrebranded the NBA, is back with a new series of illustrations that imagine collabs between Jordan and high-end fashion labels. While merely a dream, a lot of these aren’t terrible. I wouldn’t be totally upset with some MMM paint-dipped Jordan III’s. Does that make me a bad person? Probably.

Being the savvy artist that he is, he also created what would be a Saint Laurent Paris Jordan 1 aka basically just the current Saint Laurent hi-top sneaker with a Nike logo. The only real brick I can detect is the Hood By Air Jordan 5, if only because if HBA were to actually collab with Jordan, then it would either be totally insane, with a ton of straps and stuff, or it would simply have a printed box logo on the side costing an extra £500. But, yeah, overall Dilly is visionary when it comes to this shit.

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Air Jordan I KO High OG “Chicago”

air-jordan-i-ko-high-og-chicago-1Jordan Brand rolls out with its I KO High OG “Chicago” rendition that supports an obvious nod towards the windy city’s Bulls through its colorway. Appealingly sharp and clean in design, the “Chicago” pair adds to the allure with its popular Nike Air tongue tag and bright white sole that brings contrast to the coloured panels above. The Air Jordan I KO High OG “Chicago” is available soon

Nike NSW Tiempo ’94 Air Jordan Collection


Nike have released a new collection of their updated ’94 Tiempo silhouette just in time for the upcoming World Cup. This time around the new versions involve a slightly higher sneaker, cutting just below the ankle with a padded, perforated ankle collar. But most significantly, the sneakers mimic the distinctive colorways of the classic Air Jordan 1. With three new colorways, the sneakers take on Red/Black, Blue/Black and White/Red/Black respectively. Look for them to hit select NSW retailers in the coming weeks.



10 Of The Most Stupidly Expensive Sneakers Ever …ok maybe 9!!


Your friends and family who just don’t get the shoe game are shocked when you tell them you shelled out £200 for a pair of sneaks – but you know that ain’t nothin’. So next time they give you wise cracks, give ‘em this list – we’ve compiled ten of the most stupidly expensive sneakers ever. (or sneaker freaker have)

Now, there’s never really such a thing as a stupid sneaker purchase if you really want it, love it when you get it, and don’t live to regret it, but we just wanna shine a light on some wacky sales from the last few years, from sample Js, to bejewelled ball boots to signed feet pieces of history. It ain’t a countdown, because we consider these models expensive for different reasons – in fact, there might even be a pair you can snare right now with the paper in your pocket…


AIR JORDAN 10 & 12 (OVO): $20,000 AND $100,000

Drake and Jordan Brand celebrated the beginning of their partnership by gifting Drizzy and his October’s Very Own crew special Air Jordan 10 and 12 models. Sir Champagne Papi himself took pity on the paupers at the Toronto Raptors’ ‘Drake Night’ extravaganza, handing a pair of pearly OVO Air Jordan 10s to a fella from one side of the stadium and some OVO 12s to a little lady on the other side. Both incredibly grateful super fans decided to cash in on the gesture immediately, putting their rare pairs up on eBay. The 10 sold for 20 stacks, while the 12s headed towards 100 Gs! We’re thinking we might see these be reposted on the Bay soon, surely there were some trolling bidders here none-too-scared about the auction debt collectors. If the sales were real, then having stuff touched by Drake must be magic – pay this guy to christen your baby or MC the Bar Mitzvah!nike-air-yeezy-2-red-october1



The Nike Air Yeezy 2 ‘Red October’ release is still cloaked in mystery, with celebrity tip-offs and Foot Locker flubs complicating the situation but the end result staying the same. Fortunately, we get the feeling sneakerheads are caring less and less every day, so the fact the Red Yeezys will probably never release is not the tragic proposition it once was. Time heals small wounds. Still, there’s some curious Air Yeezy 2 models on eBay right now. Some are going for small change but one seller is shipping them Buy It Now for four and a half grand. Most of the auctioned shoes look pretty much the same but none of the item descriptions seem particularly feasible – one guy claims to have a full size run because he’s homies with Tyga. So if these were counterfeit then they would surely be the most expensive fake ass sneaks of all time, and even if they were legit somehow, shelling out 45 yards for a pair so rare no one will even believe are real really defeats the purpose of sneakers as social currency. And let’s face it, who spends that kind of money on sneakers unless you wanna show ‘em off, either on your feet or in a glass case.


NIKE AIR MAG: $37,500


The charity auction of 1500 pairs of the Nike Air MAG, a replica of the fictional boot Michael J Fox didn’t lace up (cos they had ‘power laces’) in Back To The Future Part II, made almost $6 million for the Michael J Fox Foundation in 2011 (a donation that was matched by a Google co-founder). With a good cause like that, it’s near impossible to argue any money spent is stupid, but we’re really just trying to draw your attention to a stack of landmark pricey shoes, and this is definitely a watershed moment in racks on racks shoe buying. English rapper Tinie Tempah scored the first Air MAG to be put up to auction, and paid dearly for it too, to the tune of $37,500. It did land the man a pair of very special sneaks though, as well as his name in every newspaper in the flippin’ world. PR stunt? I’m no accountant, but if he deducted the sale as a marketing expense, which will give him a 50% return, and as a charity donation, which will also give him a 50% return – did he just get a free shoe? I’m definitely not an accountant, but Tinie Tempah is definitely not stupid



Small stature rapper Big Boi loves jewellery and he loves sneakers, so he needed to answer the immortal question, if you combine your two great loves will it make something even greater. Is wearing this 11-carat champagne diamond-slathered Air Force 1 better than wearing $49,800 worth of jewellery on your top half and a pair of crispy but not encrusted pair of Ones down low? It’s a dilemma most of us will never have to confront, but Big Boi seemed pretty happy with his decision at the time.


AIR JORDAN 11 (BLACKOUT) : $11,267


This sample J takes the cake as the most expensive out-the-box Jordan ever. When pics first popped up of this in early 2012, sneakerheads went well crazy, and some went even crazier with their wallets – one guy apparently shelled out over 11 large for it. And this all happened when most people assumed it was a sample of a shoe that would release that year… but it didn’t. Could it have gone for even more if we knew it would be a one-of-one? What is it worth now? The closest Jordan Brand has got colour-wise to the Blackout 11 is last year’s Gamma Blue, and judging by the hype around that release and the price tag attached to this sample, we’re pretty confident we’ll see the Blackout one day…


SF X PUMA (SHARKBAIT): $850-$1300


This colab got a lot of people instantly excited, and left many disappointed when they missed out. Initially meant as a friends and family release, we wanted to share the love a bit and put together a really special package to toast to a successful Blaze of Glory colab bring-back. We couldn’t foresee the scope of the madness that would surround these sneaks. It was great that so many people had love for them, but you know what they say, ‘hell hath no fury like a sneakerhead scorned’ and we ended up playing counsellor for a lot upset fans. We would have loved to make a helluva lot more, but you can’t always get what you want. The result of such a hyped small release meant a few of the pairs hit eBay, hovering around the one thousand dollar mark.


AIR JORDAN 2 (1986 OG): $31,000


An original J over 20 years old is definitely a showpiece of any Jordan collection – it’s a slice of history – and though time doesn’t treat them particularly well, there was no way you were gonna play ball in ‘em anyway. A couple of years back, an OG Air Jordan 2 popped up on eBay for a lazy 31 thou, like the OVOs we can’t confirm whether it sold for reals or not (who ever really knows when money changes hands except the people in the sale) but these are worth mentioning because the 2 is far from a fan favourite Jordan and this model aged particularly poorly. The upper may be constructed with rich Italian leather, but the crumby rubber midsole turned to stale bread pretty darn quickly and 28 years later it probably shouldn’t ever be touched or placed in strong(ish) wind. Check the pic, the midsole started off white… Still, it’s history, people, history!




Buy a big pair of Dunks, dip in 24K gold. Sell for $6000. It’s a simple equation, but artist Kenneth Courtney took the plunge on five pairs and showed them off around the world. We’re betting he got a few biters, but the markup probably isn’t as favourable as Nike’s – if that gold is the real deal.




While we have our doubts about the OVOs, there’s every reason to believe this sale was legit. In the 1997 Finals, MJ played one of his most fabled games, pushing back the pain of suspected food poisoning to notch 38 points in a brilliant win against the Utah Jazz. After the game, His Airness handed a Jazz ball boy, who had supplied him with apple sauce, his signed Air Jordan 12s – yes, this is weird, but believe it! The ball boy played wise investor for the next 16 years, letting the value of the shoes accrue and then handing them to a luxury auction house for bidding. The auction made global headlines and attracted a winning bid of $104,000.




Some shoes should just be given away as foot protection for people who don’t care about style, that’s about all the Skechers Shape-Ups have going for them. This “sneaker” is like a sports player that tasted a season of incredible glory and then failed the drug test. He then had all his trophies repossessed, along with his couch, kitchen sink and children, was savaged by the media, lost all his friends and now walks the streets in a trench coat, naked underneath, in big sunglasses and an op-shop fedora. ‘Don’t look at me’, he shouts, ‘Don’t look at me!’ The Skechers Shape-ups launched in 2009 and claimed to help you lose weight and tone your butt, legs and abs without you really having to do anything except walk around in them a little bit. They enlisted America’s most trusted and intellectually-respected girl-next-door sweetheart Kim Kardashian in the advertisements, because she had surely developed her completely natural figure through wearing Shape-Ups, and the shoe went gang-busters, showing up on the feet of every mall-walking mother (including mine) in the western world. The jig was up a couple of years later though, as the Federal Trade Commission slapped Skechers with a $40 million fine for deceptive marketing. They still sell the shoe, at a discounted price, but maintain the fat-burning claims, though they have added an asterisk that the benefits aren’t ‘clinically proven’.
Despite the fine, my mother is not phased and still swears by her ‘rocking shoes’, and claims they’re really comfy. Well, sorry Ma but some style is not subjective – they look awful, and they’re an absolute rip-off at anything close to 50 bucks!











Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro “Bred” Preview

air-jordan-1-retro-bred-preview-1Soon to hit shelves is one of the most classic colorways of the shoe that started it all. Here we take another gander at the The Air Jordan 1 Retro, executed here in the iconic black/red color combination widely (and fittingly) dubbed “Bred.” Banned by David Stern and the NBA at its initial release, the “Bred” might owe part of its popularity to censorship, yet the classic simplicity of black leather around the upper and red accents make an undeniable statement. One of the more necessary re-releases of today, the sneaker will be available at fine retailers.air-jordan-1-retro-bred-preview-2 air-jordan-1-retro-bred-preview-3 air-jordan-1-retro-bred-preview-4

Nike Air Jordan 1 High OG BRED


The famed BRED colorway of the Air Jordan 1 High that put Michael Jordan in violation of the 1985 NBA dress code is back this year. The kicks racked up fines and publicity for MJ and Nike and earned the silhouette and color palette a place in NBA history. The return of the OG colorway is part of Nike’s OG series that nixes the retro Jumpman style for the original Nike Air on the tongue and outsole. Check out the images and look out for the kicks to release on the 28th of December. We will keep posted with a release date confirmation as the release draws near.




A Visual Compendium of Sneakers


Let me save you a trip to find a dictionary (aka Wikipedia) to look-up the word “compendium.” In short, it is a “concise, yet comprehensive complication of a body of knowledge.” And, from the looks of it, that’s exactly what we have here. Spanning from 1917 through today, this 24″ by 36″ print from Pop Chart Lab includes 134 of the greatest sneakers ever to release, beginning with the Chuck Taylor through to today’s Air Yeezy and collabs between Jeremy Scott x Adidas. The print, which will see an initial run of 500, each signed by the artists, doesn’t discriminate by brand or type; instead, it’s a straightforward account of the best of the best from Vans, Etnies, Reebok, Asics, and on and on. And, if this isn’t cool enough as it is, you can even get it custom-framed in a foam rubber sneaker frame. The perfect gift for the sneakerhead in your life (including yourself), they are available now via the Pop Chart Lab online shop