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This weekend is going to be full of interesting releases that we can’t wait see how the sneakerhead community is going to react to, including a new Air Jordan 14 colorway even though there’s still the most recent one sitting on shelves, the first colorway of the Air Jordan 31 available to the general public, the debut of the adidas D Rose 7 and a whole lot more. But maybe the thing that the KoF Staff is looking forward to the most isn’t even dropping this weekend, but will be landing in the middle of next week. Find out what it is in this edition of Buy, Pass, Wait.


adidas Ultra Boost Medal Pack (Release on 8/17)

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EIC Juan: (BUY Gold and Bronze, PASS on Silver) The gold colorway was an instant cop the moment I saw them and the bronze has slowly made their way into the same status, but something about the silver just rubs me the wrong way and I can’t quite put my finger as to why other than I already have a few Ultra Boosts in that grey/silver spectrum.

Renz: (BUY) If I’m able to, all three pairs. You can’t go wrong with either as well. The gold and silver options are more appealing, just because it’s a bit more shiny.

News Juan: (WAIT) Pretty dope pack to commemorate the Olympics. I’m pretty sure these will sell out fairly quick, so my “wait” response is out of the question. The Black and Gold pair looks real nice. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Ultra Boost, but in my opinion, there are better Boost options out there that I’d rather spend my $180 on.

Andres: (BUY) I already own the black 3M Ultra Boosts, but that Gold medal colorway just looks too nice to pass on. The leather side panel cages and the hits of gold on the tongue and heel make them pop beautifully. I’m definitely going to try and get my hands on a pair.


Air Jordan 14 Indiglo

Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: (WAIT) I love the Air Jordan 14, but I don’t have a burning desire to own every colorway like maybe an Air Jordan 3 or Air Jordan 12. This is not a must-have for me, but with the Jordan retros finally getting price drops, this becomes more appealing the further south of $150 it gets…

Renz Ofiaza, News: (WAIT) Since I’ve grown older, I’m appreciating this silhouette a lot more. You can’t go wrong with this OG colorway, but, for a lower price, I’m considering on purchasing a pair.

Juan Carrillo, News: (PASS) The only Jordan 14s I’ve ever liked have been the 14 Lows in the Laney colorway. I’ve yet to see another colorway that blows me away. I feel like this pair is missing something, it’s a little too bland in my opinion.

Andres Carrillo, News: (PASS) It’s always cool to see an original colorway of an Air Jordan retro release, but since I’m not a big fan of the Air Jordan 14 I have no intention on picking these up. I’ll pass and hold off on a colorway that I really like.


adidas D Rose 7

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EIC Juan: (PASS) Unlike when Derrick Rose mentioned “they” when he said that some were referring to the Knicks as a super team, I’m not going to make the same mistake and claim there are those out there on the sneaker bloggersphere who think these are the hottest D Rose kicks to drop in a long while. From what I’ve seen from the shoe so far, the performance is great but it’s not the breakthrough that the Crazylight Boost 2016 is or even the Crazy Explosive.

Renz: (PASS) In terms of its design and colorway, I think it’s an appealing pair. The construction looks solid too, but, I’m not really into the high-cut style that much.

News Juan: (WAIT) The D Rose 7 has to be the best Rose model ever. The construction of the upper paired up with the Boost sole looks amazing. I’ve never owned a pair of Rose sneakers because I never thought they were good looking. This one is another story. At the end of the day, this is STILL a Rose signature sneaker, meaning that in a couple of months they will be on the clearance rack. When the time arrives, then I’ll pick up a pair. Maybe.

Andres: (PASS) A Primeknit upper and full length Boost are two huge positives for the new D Rose 7. However this still looks too much like a performance shoe which would make it pretty difficult to wear it casually. Hopefully a lifestyle pair drops down the line.


Nike Kobe 11 Master Of Innovation

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Nike

EIC Juan: (WAIT) With the “96-03”, the eight stars and a few other signs, I really want this to be an adidas troll. It’s not, but it’s nice to want things. Overall, it’s another great Nike Kobe 11 but I since it’s not selling out right away I can wait for a price drop to cop at a later date.

Renz: (BUY) I think this silhouette is the one of best looking sneakers that blends lifestyle appeal and on-court wear perfectly. The color combo is appealing overall and I’m just a fan.

News Juan: (BUY) How I wish the entire Flyknit upper looked like the front portion. Ah well, what are you gonna do? The shoe doesn’t really stand out to me, I have my eyes on the upcoming 4KB colorway. If I were to pick up another Kobe, it would have to be that one.

Andres: (PASS) Decent colorway of the Kobe 11 but really nothing special. The branding should have also been in orange to add some more contrast to the shoe. These are a pass for me.


Air Jordan 12 GS Barons

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EIC Juan: (BUY) Not for me, but for my nephew since it’s only available in kid’s sizes. As a sucker for (almost) all things Air Jordan 12, this a colorway that I would definitely try to pick up if they made them in grown-up sizes, especially since I don’t have the Flint Grey release from 2003.

Renz: (BUY) I’m just biased towards the model and colorway. I would’ve preferred it without the black accents, but, it’s a clean iteration.

News Juan: (PASS) In a year where an endless amount of Jordan 12s have come out, this one fails at standing out. Nothing about the shoe makes me want to get it even if Jordan Brand would have made them in my size. It’s okay, but it’s definitely nothing special.

Andres: (PASS) Another Air Jordan 12??? I’m sure lots of men won’t be happy that these are a GS exclusive. I’m not really mad though. This pair doesn’t catch my attention too much.