I’m sorry, guys. Today, I found out that I’ve been making a mistake about the “Silver Anniversary” III, IV, and IX Retro releases. Initially, I said that the shoes would only be released in specific regions. Turns out, that is only partly correct. For sneaker boutiques with Jordan Brand accounts, the releases are regional. Also, though, as Jordan Brand initially said on their blog, the shoes release at specific retailers. The III Retro is available at all Foot Lockers, the IV Retro is available at all Foot Actions, and the IX Retro is available at all Finish Lines. How did I confirm the above statements, you ask? I took a trip to one of (if not) Long Island’s most popular mall, Roosevelt Field.
At Roosevelt Field, I first went to Foot Action, who had the IV Retro, which was slated as an eastern region release. I saw them prior to this instance, though, at a different sneaker store. The leather on the IV is of pretty good material (as in, closer to the premium leather of the “Motorsports” VI Retro, than tumbled leather). Another thing that stood out at Foot Action, though, was that they had the Marina Blue/Marina Blue-Medium Blue-White Air Jordan 1 Phat, which is supposed to release in April. The use of different shades of blue on the shoe really appealed to me online. In person, though, they look, and even feel better than I imagined. The colorway is still just as appealing in person, but furthermore, the shoe takes an odd approach for materials. The upper is primarily composed of mesh, with a foam-like material covering the mesh in places. That probably makes for quote the comfortable shoe!
Next, I went to Foot Locker. To my surprise, they had the Air Jordan III Retro. I looked around the store for a bit, and just out of curiosity, decided to try on the III Retro. The shoe itself seemed comfortable, with an even better-quality upper than the IV Retro. On foot, though, the “Silver Anniversary” colorway of the III seemed sub-par. The metallic silver accents take away from any sort of all-white feel of the “Silver Anniversary” III Retro. I don’t think the III fits well with the Silver Anniversary colorway. Perhaps it’s more of a grower…
After Foot Locker came Finish Line. Finish Line had the IX Retro, which, from the pictures online, seemed like my favorite out of the three Retro’s. In person, I would have to say the same. The IX has a material quality level on-par with the III for sure (if not better than the III). Furthermore, the “Silver Anniversary” IX Retro actually has the all-white feel that the Silver Anniversary Retro’s should give off: All-white, with no metallic silver accents, that is. I also tried on the IX Retro. If I had the money right now (that I spent on the “Larry Perkins” Dunk Low’s and the “Eggplant” Foamposites), I would have definitely gotten a pair of the “Silver Anniversary” IX Retro’s, even with the difficulty of keeping a pair of all-white sneakers clean! Honestly, they look even cleaner on feet that they do on the shelf! Maybe it’s the fact that they are more of a high-top, but something about the “Silver Anniversary” IX Retro just gave off a presence.
And that’s it. Again, I am sorry for causing any confusion, regarding the “Silver Anniversary” releases. I hope you all find the pairs that you like now. As a bonus, I took a picture of the III Retro on my feet, in case any of you are wondering how it looks. I forgot to take a picture with the IX’s on, though. You can take my word that they are beautiful, though. With another break rolling around, I will probably have time to post a bit more than usual, so look out for a lot of posts in the upcoming days!
Myself in the "Silver Anniversary" Air Jordan III Retro. How do you like the III Retro?