Normally, our Buy, Pass, Wait segments typically talk about Air Jordan retros in glowing terms and we’re more normally inclined to buy more often than not. You might not like what you’re about to see in this week’s feature because while there are plenty of retros to talk about, they all have a thing or two about them that maybe doesn’t do a good job of enticing the audience to cop.
Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: (PASS) After having seen and felt them in person, I can’t get behind this pair. The $400 price tag to me is irrelevant if I feel the shoe is worth buying, but it isn’t. Not for $400, not for $300 which I’m sure these kicks will hit in a few weeks time and not even for $190 GR retros are going for now. As somebody mentioned in the comments of the Periscope, the Black Cat 4s would have been a better alternative.
Andres Carrillo, News: (PASS) Even though the Air Jordan 4 is in my top 3 favorite Jordan silhouettes, I’m gonna have to pass on this colorway. $400 for what Jordan Brand is calling a “premium leather”? Nah I’m good. Maybe if this colorway wasn’t so plain I’d consider it.
Renz Ofiaza, News: (WAIT) I do admire the usage of premium materials and the execution looks solid. In terms of its retail price tag, I’ll have to pass on that. I’d consider purchasing designer-branded sneakers for that price range instead.
Juan Carrillo, News: (PASS) It’s not just the price that pushes me away, it’s the actual shoe. It’s just too plain looking. I’d much rather have the Air Jordan 4 Oreo instead of this. Pony hair? Pony hair!? I don’t think of pony hair when I think of Premium ($400) Come on Jordan Brand. Come on.
Highsnobiety x adidas Ultra Boost
EIC Juan: (PASS) I already have a pair of grey-based Ultra Boosts so doubling up would be foolish. However, if I didn’t already have a gray pair, this would be a solid buy for me.
Andres: (PASS) Being that this is a collaboration I expected more. It’s basically a tonal grey colorway of the Ultra Boost. Didn’t a very similar pair already release? Not taking anything away from Highsnobiety but these are just not for me.
Renz: (BUY) I wouldn’t have guessed this was a collab unless I look really close at the co-branded tongue tabs. I’m a fan of the model in general and in this colorway, it’s pretty versatile and stylish.
News Juan: (BUY) Very nice looking Ultra Boost collaboration. Everything from the leather cage system to the versatile tonal look of the shoe is done right. Great pair of Ultra Boosts.
EIC Juan: (WAIT) Without the suitcase and CD-ROM, it’s a crazy proposition to get anybody to buy these at $250, especially since you can still find a wearable pair of the original release if you try hard enough. However, if these drop below $200 – unlikely given these are a cult favorite – I can see myself copping a pair. They’re cool, just not $250 cool at the moment.
Andres: (PASS) The Air Jordan 17 was the very first Air Jordan that I ever bought way back in 2002 in the black and chrome colorway. Love the shoe but not in this colorway and not for this price. Also, where’s the suitcase Jordan Brand???
Renz: (WAIT) I’m not a big fan of the model, but the colorway is pretty appealing and the luxe detailing gives it a great look.
News Juan: (WAIT) It’s not that I don’t like the shoe, I just don’t see the reasoning behind pricing them at $250. The colorway is solid, but it’s not the one I’ve been waiting on. With that being said, I don’t want to pay that much for a pair of 17s. If they manage to get discounted below $200, I’ll consider it. If they don’t, I move on to the next one.
EIC Juan: (PASS) I don’t live in Europe and my feelings towards the Air Jordan 10 Waffle depending on the colorway. This is a good looking pair of the 10s, but considering I don’t know anybody across the pond who I can trust to hook it up, it’s not looking likely I’ll ever see this outside of a glass case in a consignment store in a few weeks.
Andres: (PASS) For starters I’m not a big fan of the Air Jordan 10, so in order for me to want to buy a pair it has to be a colorway that I really love. It’s cool to see cities outside of the U.S. get their own colorway, but this Paris colorway does nothing for me.
Renz: (PASS) I like the understated colorway most, but that textured upper isn’t appealing to my eyes. A nice gesture to Paris though.
News Juan: (PASS) I’m not a fan of the Air Jordan 10 silhouette. Also, purple is not really my thing. It’s also a Europe exclusive. All these things make it easy for me to pass on the shoe.
Nike Kobe 11 EM Aces
EIC Juan: (PASS) I was led to believe that the Nike Kobe 11 would only ever come out in Flyknit and in a low-cut configuration. Well, one out of two promises ain’t so bad, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a high-cut Kobe 11 in the near future either.
Andres: (WAIT) If only Nike would have made these Flyknit they would have looked 10 times better. The combination of grey and burgundy is clean but this shoe could have been so much better. Nike dropped the ball on this one.
Renz: (BUY) I like the silhouette in general and I’m biased towards the colorway. I like where the contrasting hits of red were placed. Also, that reflective overlays is a nice element.
News Juan: (PASS) If I’m going to pick up a Kobe 11, it’s going to be one with a Flyknit upper. I really don’t see why Nike even bothered to release pairs made out of engineered mesh.
What Air Jordan After The 14 Would You Like To See Return?
EIC Juan: Air Jordan 16 White/Midnight Navy
These are all but confirmed to return in 2016 so I’m already happy. I remember being blown away by the shroud that covered the upper of the shoe and loving the blue toe. Considering there is now a whole generation of kids out there who grew up possibly having real fond memories of these that are now adults with spending power, this might be a sleeper hit for Jordan Brand. I just hope there’s a size 11 in my future and I won’t have to work hard for it.
Andres: Air Jordan 2011
This is a tough one but I would probably have to say the Air Jordan 2011. I own the white and red pair and wouldn’t mind picking up a couple more colorways that go for some ridiculous prices on the resell market right now. It’s such an underrated shoe.
Renz: Air Jordan 14 Cinder
I cheated, sorry. I just like the simplicity of the colorway. It was last offered in 2005, so it really should receive a retro release soon.
News Juan: Air Jordan 23
Aside from the 17s, which are already releasing, there’s not much I’d like to see come back. If I had to choose a pair, I’d probably go with the Air Jordan 23. I know the released an all-red suede colorway last year (only in Chicago), but I’d like to see an OG colorway make a return. I’d be willing to pick up a pair.