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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 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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The Mavs must win this series…


Whenever my team is bounced from the post season¬†I find myself rooting against a team(s).¬†Maybe a little ass backwards but I don’t care. I’m diehard for one team and one team only so it’s¬†the¬†right thing to¬†do in my eyes. Especially considering the despicable personalities in the NBA today (*cough*Lebron James*cough). It’s a lot easier to hate.¬†I don’t Lebron to¬†win his 1st ring (or any rings for that matter)¬†in the same way¬†I didn’t want Phil Jackson to¬†coach as many championship teams¬†as Red, don’t want the Lakers to¬†hang as many banners as the Celtics, or see¬†Kobe 3-peat twice¬†ala MJ. I need the Mavericks to win this title in the worst way. I don’t feel like I’m alone in this either. It’s a classic case of good vs. evil.


Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Sports, TNell


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Wolf Grey V next Saturday the 14th

Huge fan of the five. This colorway¬†looks¬†pretty clean. Hopefully the suede looks as good in person as it does in the pics that have been released thus far. I will¬†be scooping via They ship for¬†free with tracking¬†and accept Paypal payments. Can’t pass that up.

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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell


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Air Jordan VII “Bordeaux” in 4 days…

It’s been a long time coming for these. Old school sneaker¬†heads will appreciate the Bordeaux more than anyone, not having seen them on sneaker shop shelves since grammar school. If you remember this sneaker, you probably remember¬†NBA Inside Stuff and NBA on NBC (the association’s¬†heyday). I feel like people either love or hate this colorway. It’s pretty¬†representative of the early 90’s.¬†Unfortunately, they won’t be carrying the price tag they did back then. Be prepared to¬†dish out¬†$160 when they release on the 16th.

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell


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Let the Concord XI hype begin…

Unbelievable. Many¬†Jordan fans¬†have yet to land their first pair of Cool Grey XI’s¬†from December¬†and already the hypebeasts are preparing for the Holiday 2011 Concords. Browsing NikeTalk and other sneaker boards, I’ve stumbled upon what may be sample images¬†of the shoe, including the one below. The main difference¬†is obviously the #45 on back instead of the #23 from the 2000 retro. Another detail that¬†would set this¬†apart from the 2000 shoe is the jumpman detail facing the back of the sneaker. If this is indeed the sneaker that is dropping in 10 months (I’m not holding my breath), I will be a happy “camper.” A holiday XI release means two things: a certainty that they will sell out quick (count on camping out)¬†and resellers eating good.

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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell, Videos


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