*UPDATE: According to Jordan Brand, these are not an actual collaboration or PE for Macklemore. Now I want to believe this is a sample for a retail pair that’s going to drop in the future. Don’t stop believing…*
Here’s a spoiler alert (or one really long Author’s Take depending on how you look at it): the Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs” is the greatest Air Jordan ever made. It’s not an unpopular opinion, but it’s certainly not a completely audacious one either. The 12 is one of the most recognizable Air Jordan models, the OG colorways are highly regarded and were part of some of Michael Jordan’s last great moments in the NBA (first triple-double in an All-Star Game, Finals Game 1 buzzer beater, the famous Flu Game). I just happen to think that the “Playoffs” colorway is head and shoulders above everything else and is the G.O.A.T. of Js.
So how do you go about making the best (in my opinion) even better? By adding some gold accents on it of course. And that’s what happened with this upgraded Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs”. Designed to be a Macklemore PE, it’s the same black and white colorway of awesomeness that the “Playoffs” has always been but this time it gets gold eyelets and a gold “Wings” swap for the grey “Jumpman” tab. Sure, it might be a turnoff if you’re not a Macklemore fan, but think of it this way; if this pair ever does make it to retail, you can play it off (pun not intended) and say the “Wings” are in reference to the iconic MJ poster of the same name.
As for a retail release, there is no info on that at the moment, but we can hope. Well, I can because between this and news of the “Flu Game” 12s getting an actual release date for next year, this has been a pretty good day for me and retros.