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Air Jordan IV White/Cement vol. 2012


I’ve been going back and forth on these for the past two months and still haven’t made up my mind. Obviously, there is a lot of concern surrounding the price tag. The 1999 version of this sneaker retailed at $100.00. Fast forward about 13 years. Nike now plans to throw these on shelves as of February 18th and demand $160.00 per pair. Is inflation that much of a bitch? $160.00 for a sneaker with 1989 technology is asking a little much, no?

Secondly are the minor (major in my eyes) detail adjustments. As most people know, long gone are the days of the heralded “Nike Air” logo on the back of earlier Jordan retros. We’re now overwhelmed with jumpmen on the back of our favorite late 80’s-early 90’s J’s. I suppose I can live with the jumpman on the heel tab of the III, V, and VI. But for some reason it just doesn’t look right on the heel of any IV. Maybe it’s too bulky. Or it could be it suffers from the lack of the Air under it. I don’t know. All I do know is that it never belonged on the IV (or most other Jordans for that matter). 80’s babies agree with me.

Another obvious difference between the 1999 vs. 2012 is the shade of gray. The 2012 has more of a true cement color, which makes sense considering the name of the colorway. The 1999 had a “tech” gray which was on the lighter side. If I had to choose, I’d again have stick to the ’99 tech gray. My hope is that the above image and all other pre-release images are not how the final product will turn out. Wishful thinking I guess. These will be a game-time decision for me.

This will probably be one of the only pairs of kicks I cop all year if I decide to pull the trigger. I can’t handle the pace that Jordan Brand has been dictating for the past few years, releasing sneakers damn near every month for upwards of $160-200. The problem is the cycle will continue because Nike is making bank off these kids don’t hold back at all. I blame hip-hop ūüėõ

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Fashion, Shoes & Hats, TNell, Videos

 

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Air Jordan V Black/Metallic Silver-Fire Red tomorrow 8.20.11


This sneaker/colorway combo is in my top 5 as far as Jordan brand kicks go. A lot of sentimental value here. I can still visualize them worn by the older kids on the first day of school back in 1990. Never actually owned a pair until many years later and instead settled for a pair of maroon VIs from JCPenney in ’91. I’m sure a lot of people have their recent retros in rotation or stored away carefully somewhere. For those that don’t, the “Metallic Vs” retro once again tomorrow for a hefty $150 + tax (no tax on clothes in MA :P). Good luck to everyone.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell, Videos

 

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The scene from Concepts last week (Ray Allen XIII release video)…

Most people agree that this sneaker will go down as one of the worst releases in recent memory. People (specifically resellers) camping outside every Boston sneaker spot for close to a week made it next to impossible for diehard Celtics and Ray Allen fans alike to get a chance to own this limited piece of history for retail. Here we are about a week later and the only way you will be able to find them is dropping upwards of $1,000.00 on ebay. Nearly 6x their retail value. No thanks. Producing a few more pairs and spreading the release out a bit would have at least given us a better chance to scoop. Good looking out Nike/JB (sarcasm).

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell, Videos

 

Nike “Space Jam” Dunk SB

Not really feeling these at all. Basically a continuation of the Fusion mess that I thought was nearly over. The patent all over the uppers is super tacky. Looks like black tap shoes. Would have been at least somewhat Space Jammish with more mesh. Whatever the materials, I would rather shell out an extra $250.00 for some crispy XI’s where the patent is actually done right.

Release date: 7/23/11

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell

 

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Air Jordan XI IE Low Black/Red to release Saturday 7-16-11

This sneaker comes as a relief with all of the Ray Allen PE hype circulating. I don’t know exact numbers, but it shouldn’t be much of an issue walking signing onto Nike.com at midnight or walking into your local Footlocker Saturday morning to pick these up. Nowhere near as popular as its midsized counterpart, the IE does however hold some advantages. For instance, the outsole is factory tinted so we don’t have to worry about the “yellowing” effect as seen on icy Jordan soles. Also, if you’re in the market for a summer sneaker this lowtop may be more practical than the bulkier retros that have been hitting the shops. The only knock I have on this shoe is the cement print. The original had an all plain black upper. Much more appealing to me when it was designed that way. The print isn’t enough to to dissuade me however. Black and Red XI + Jordan worn = Me sold.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell

 

Air Jordan Ray Allen XIII PE Update


Release date: 7/23/11

Rumored Retailers:
House of Hoops (Cambridge, MA; London, UK)
Nike Town (Newbury Street Boston, MA)
XSquared (Boston, MA)
Concepts (Boston, MA)
Bodega (Boston, MA)
Sole Fly (Miami, FL)

Supply: Undisclosed, but very limited

MSRP: $175.00


(t-shirt debuts alongside sneaker)

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell

 

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The story behind 3M Material on the Air Jordan V…

(Flash off)

So I¬†finally got to unboxing and taking pics of the “Wolf Grey” Jordan V’s I scooped up about a month or so ago.¬†Notice the above¬†image taken with the flash off. Now look at the pic below¬†where I’ve utilized¬†the flash.¬†See a difference? The tongue portion¬†in the “flash off” pic appears to be very flat or matte in color. In contrast, the flash brings out a shiny silver or tin foil looking tongue that really jumps out at you in the bottom pic. I never¬†understood why¬†the Jordan Brand¬†manufactured the V this way. I mean how often is someone going to¬†focus on¬†your feet as they’re taking a pic? Well¬†apparently there¬†is an explanation behind these shiny tongues after all.

In 1990 Tinker Hatfield designed the original Jordan V sneaker. His inspiration came from the Wold War II Mustang fighter plane, as seen in the¬†midsole shark teeth design. He also decided to feature a reflectve tongue, comprised of 3M material. Hatfield wanted them to¬†be structurally sound and revolutionary on the court. But it was only in snapshots of MJ that¬†he believed the¬†sneaker would really “shine.” What better way to sell¬†his design¬†than to have them literally glaring at you in a poster of Mike facializing Patrick Ewing? The photographer’s flash would set off the 3M tongue at any moment of¬†Michael Jordan’s¬†brilliance, thus providing a perfect compliment to any poster or Sports Illustrated cover.

(Flash on)

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell

 

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