In this week’s edition of Buy, Pass, Wait, the KoF staff talks about Don C’s latest collab with Jordan Brand and not surprisingly, the exorbitant price tag comes up quite a bit in the conversation. But that’s the only drop this week as we’ve another low-cut retros for the weekend and a lowkey Reebok collab that you might want to check out.
Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: (PASS) (BUT…) That box. That beautiful, beautiful box. I don’t care for the Air Jordan 2 in any shape or form, but that box Nike showed off the other day was beautiful beyond words. I’m a sucker for excellent presentation and packaging and if there was a way to just get that box and put a better shoe (sorry, Don C, it’s not you, it’s the shoe) in there, I’d be on board. Because here’s the thing with money and things I like; if I can afford it and I like it, it doesn’t matter if it’s $3 or $120 or $200 or $650…
Andres Carrillo, News: (PASS) I admit that the colorway and materials used on this shoe give it that luxurious and premium look, but there’s no way in hell I’m spending $650 on a pair of sneakers at this point in my life. That’s just ridiculous.
Todd Krevanchi, Features: (BUY) Well, if you can afford it, and have access to a pair in your size, then most definitely buy. I’ve always held a soft spot for the AJ2, an underrated Jordan in the grand scheme. I wouldn’t have chosen the purple as he did in his initial iteration, but the Beach colorway is perfect for the materials and looks elegant with the quilted upper. The shoe just exhibits class.
Juan Carrillo, News: (PASS) As much as I like the shoe, there’s no way I’m paying that kind of money for an Air Jordan 2. Take nothing away from Don C and his creativity but if I’m dropping $650 on a pair, I’d rather do it on high-end luxury brand footwear.
Renz Ofiaza, News: (BUY) Buy: The execution is solid. I’m biased towards the makeup and colorway, but the price tag isn’t what I was expecting. I’d rather purchase a pair of designer shoes in that range, but I would consider purchasing a pair just for its limited value haha.
Anthony Racaniello, Director of Operations: (BUY) At least I wish I could buy anyway. Lets face it these are going to be gobbled up by bots and people that have been in line for nearly a week already.
EIC Juan: (PASS) Anything Jordan retros that’s low-cut prior to the Air Jordan 11 is gross, so nah…
Andres: (PASS) I’m a big fan of the original Air Jordan 5, but the low-top is a whole different story. These actually look a lot like the Supreme collaboration from last year which I wasn’t feeling at all. I expect these to sit on shelves.
Todd: (WAIT) As I said a week ago, not all Jordans have an appropriate low cut alternative, which is why I say wait, but this is a colorway which changes my mind. While I feel this colorway would work better in its standard V chassis, it looks good enough for me.
News Juan: (PASS) The Air Jordan 5 Low silhouette just doesn’t sit right with me. It’s crazy to think that a few less centimeters in height can do that much of a difference on a shoe. I’ll definitely be passing on these, as well as all of the upcoming Air Jordan 5 Lows set to release this year.
Renz: (PASS) I’m not a fan of this model in low-top form. The colorway is appealing, but it’s more appreciated in its original build. It should still get enough attention though.
Anthony: (WAIT) I actually like the Air Jordan 5 low. Lucky for me, most people don’t. I think there will be opportunity to pick these up under retail. If I am right, that’s a major come-up. If I am wrong, ah well, I’ll get over it.
Note: This release got pushed to next week, but since we already put our thoughts down, here it is.
EIC Juan: (WAIT) This was the other colorway that was on display during the reveal event a little over a month ago. I love the black and white style on the Flyknit Kobes, but I can’t see this selling out like the Kobe 9 Beethoven or the Kobe 10 HTM. I would love to buy it right away but I’m ok with waiting for a price drop.
Andres: (WAIT) I like the simplicity of this black & white colorway. More people are beginning to like the Kobe 11 and this is another solid option to choose from. If these get discounted in the future I may pick up a pair.
Todd: (PASS) LOVE the colorway, hate the silhouette. Would look better (and does) on the 10.
News Juan: (WAIT) The Nike Kobe 11 is a nice silhouette, but I know there’s bound to be better colorways that catch my attention somewhere down the line. This is a clean offering, but I’d rather wait to see if it goes down in price or a new and better colorway arises.
Renz: (WAIT) I like the silhouette in general and this execution is pretty classic. I’m on it for a lower price though.
Anthony: (PASS) I like the Kobe 11 but I haven’t yet seen the colorway that will get me to pull the trigger. This is not it.
BAPE x Mita x Reebok Ventilator
EIC Juan: (PASS) Never really had any nostalgia or feeling for the Ventilator ever since Reebok Classics started pushing it last year but I’ve been able to see it become a favorite among sneakerheads. It still does nothing for me in terms of looks and the camo accents and BAPE or Mita co-sign have zero appeal to me.
Andres: (PASS) There’s way too much going on with this Ventilator in my opinion. The camo print just looks out of place and the use of red, white and blue gives it a patriotic look. Not really my style.
Todd: (BUY) This is a great combination of the proper usage of camo with color. Mita must have taken notes from BAPE’s UNDFT collab on the ZX 5000. Well executed.
News Juan: (PASS) There seems to be a lot going on in this collaboration but it somehow manages to work. The only reason I say pass is because I’m not really a fan of the model to begin with. Plus, unless I’m wearing it on shorts, I’m taking it easy on camo attire in 2016.
Renz: (BUY) Since it’s a collaboration, it’s pretty limited already and the value is obviously high. In terms of its design, I like the placement of its makeup, plus I’m a fan of the silhouette in general.
Anthony: (BUY) Yes please! These are dope. I think Reebok really sneaks out a couple sleeper hits a year. Not too many people take notice but this definitely qualifies.
What Sneaker Would You Like To See Don C Work On?
EIC Juan: Air Jordan 12. I doubt he would double dip and use the quilted leather but I would like to see what he can come up with on a canvas as unique as the 12. At this point, doing the 3 and the 4 is just so rote and predictable.
Andres: In the Complex Sneaker Shopping video Don C mentioned that he might be working on the Air Jordan 3 then 4 then 5 and so on, so seeing him collaborate on the Air Jordan 3 would be pretty cool. I could already imagine what the price would be for them though. If this Air Jordan 2 is retailing for $650 and it’s one of the least popular Jordan Brand silhouettes, what’s the Air Jordan 3 going to retail for? $800? The sad thing is that people would probably still buy them.
Todd: Well, per his Sneaker Shopping episode with Joe La Puma, he’d like to go in order, however I’d like to see him have another crack at the AJ 1 (without the strap) or continue on the 3. I’m pretty sure either would look like a custom one-off.
News Juan: None. If they plan on pricing them for $650, I could care less what model they work on next. That retail price tag is ridiculous. I work hard for my money. I’d rather go on a sweet vacation than buy a pair of Jordans.
Renz: Hard to say, but I’m guessing maybe more colorways of the Two will be on the way. I’d like to see a reinterpreted Air Jordan 3 though. It’ll be good or really bad.
Anthony: None. I wouldn’t be opposed to more of his rendition of the Air Jordan 2, but generally I prefer when creatives put their mark on a space and move into new spaces.