Did you pick up the University Blue/Black colorup of the Air Jordan II Retro that released in late July? Was the color blocking on the shoe one of your favorite parts of the shoe? Well, if it was, you have three more Air Jordan II Retros to look forward to. Each of these II Retros has a different color replacing the blue: one red, one green, and one yellow. The occasion? Apparently, Halloween. Jordan Brand is labeling this release the “Candy Pack” set of Air Jordan II Retros. Said pack will release on Saturday, October 30th, just in the nick of time for the festival. So, keep your eyes peeled for these three Air Jordan II Retros. With the bold colors, though, it seems like you won’t have too much of a hard time noticing these shoes. (Picture and information via Jordan Brand)
August 24, 2010
Miami is one of the hottest destinations on the planet. It has some of the best beaches, a great party scene, and some great shops, especially in South Beach. On my most recent trip to Miami, I visited many great sneaker stores, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you all to check out whenever you go down to Miami.
Air Traffic Control
Welcome to Miami’s premier consignment sneaker shop, the Flight Club of the South if you must. Located on 16th street, between Washington Ave. and Collins Ave., in South Beach, is Air Traffic Control, which has tons of never-worn Air Force 1′s, Dunks, Jordans, SB’s, Bape’s, and many other sneakers! Even though many of the kicks for sale here are overpriced (like at all consignment sneaker stores), the store’s sleek design and great customer service make up for it. Many of the sneakers are plastic-wrapped and on a backlit display. And the other sneakers are either on a rotating “baggage claim” or in a glass case (the rarest sneakers). In addition, the store is run by a group of friendly guys, with whom I’ve had many interesting sneaker-related conversations whenever I have stopped by the store. Overall, how could you doubt such a great selection, great staff, and great design?
Another great sneaker boutique is Soles Inc., located on Washington Ave., between 13th street and 14th street, in South Beach. This boutique has a great selection of Nike Sportswear, Nike Basketball, Jordan, Supra, and Creative Recreation sneakers, in addition to a lot of cool apparel (t-shirts, pants, button-downs, etc.) and accessories (sunglasses, watches, hats, etc.). However, Soles Inc. still had some notable releases sitting on their shelves when I visited the store, such as the Jones Beach AF1′s, Silver Anniversary IX’s, and Eggplant Foams! And they still had For the Love of the Game/Olympic VII’s the day after they released! Also, this store gets in some of the more limited Sportswear and Jordan sneakers, such as the Air Yeezys and the BIN 23 collection. Be sure to check out Soles. Inc and it’s sister store, Rare Footage in the Hard Rock Seminole (which I have yet to visit), on your next trip to Miami.
MIA Skate Shop
MIA Skate Shop, located on 9th street in South Beach, is hands down Miami’s best skate shop. They carry great shoes from Adidas Skate, CONS, Vans, and of course, Nike Skateboarding. And like Soles Inc., they don’t sell out of limited shoes too quickly. For example, when I went to MIA on my trip, they still had the Koston dunk highs, Koston dunk lows, Born in the USA dunk highs, and Miller High Life dunk lows. MIA Skate Shop also has great apparel from Nike Skateboarding, Diamond Supply Co., Girl, and many other companies, and tons of skate gear (decks, wheels, etc.). If you are a skater visiting Miami, MIA Skate Shop is a must for you to visit!
Yes, there are sneaker stores in Miami outside of South Beach. In fact, Shoe Gallery, one of Miami’s oldest sneaker boutiques, lies in the city-part of Miami. Shoe Gallery has an extremely extensive shoe and clothing selection. The shoe brands include Nike Sportswear, Jordan, Nike Basketball, Adidas Originals, Timberland, Sperry, and Supra, while the clothing comes from a whole bunch of companies that I don’t even know. One interesting part about the store is it’s cool sneaker displays. For example, they displayed the Hamptons AF1′s on top of a pile of sand on a table, and they featured the Infrared AM90′s in a glass case with an Infrared neon-lit “Nike Air”. However, one of the most notable parts about Shoe Gallery is that it is a Tier Zero store, meaning that it gets in the most limited Nike Sportswear shoes, such as (in the past) the Air Yeezys and Livestrong x FLOM Dunks. If you’re in Miami for an extremely limited Sportswear release, be sure to check out Shoe Gallery, because they are bound to have what you’re looking for with some crazy display! But if you’re in need of an exclusive Jordan that is releasing while you’re down in Miami…
…then I’m sure the guys at Sole Fly could hook you up! Sole Fly is the only sneaker boutique in the nation to establish a personal connection to Michael Jordan himself, one I’m sure that people could see that from the store’s many Jordan related designs, products, and memorabilia. Some of the more interesting Jordan-related things on display in the store are the red Michael Jordan painting/wallpaper (I’m not sure what exactly it is) in the back of the store, the hardwood floor with a circled Jumpman on it, and a basketball hoop with a bunch of Jordan-related pictures on it. Sneaker-wise, Sole Fly carries Nike Sportswear, Nike Basketball, Supra, and (of course) Jordan. Sole Fly also has some Player Exclusive basketball sneakers for sale, which are not seen in many sneaker boutiques at all! In addition, as you could probably guess by now, Sole Fly does receive limited Jordans, such as the BIN 23 collection. One of my favorite parts about the store is it’s excessive cool t-shirt selection, featuring t-shirts made by Jordan Brand, Bobby Fresh, Inked, and Sole Fly themselves. They even collaborated with Jordan Brand on a t-shirt and a couple of Good Woods! Its definitely worth it to check out Sole Fly, which is located in South Miami, even if you’re staying all the way on the beach. And check the cut for the two very exclusive sneakers on display at Sole Fly. (more…)
The Air Max 1 has two signature colorways known by all sneakerheads: the White/Varsity Red colorway and the White/Varsity Blue colorway. Both of those colorways are re-released every few years by Nike. When it comes to the Air Max 90, it seems as if one colorway, and one colorway alone is known by all sneakerheads: the glorious “Infrared” colorway of the Air Max 90. But just as in the case of the Air Max 1, the “Infrared” colorway of the Air Max 90 has a blue counterpart in the “Laser Blue” colorway of the Air Max 90. Anyone who got into shoes within the past few years probably isn’t familiar with the colorup, as its only re-release was in 2002. Nonetheless, it’s a simple, yet beautiful colorway of the Air Max 90 that should not be looked over. Look for the shoe to hit Nike Sportswear retailers at some point in the near future. Click below for additional photos of this awesome Air Max 90. (more…)
And it goes on and on and on. 1/2 Cents in the Fall and Winter and Foamposites in the Spring and Summer. The other 1/2 Cent that was slated for release this year, the “Cranberry” colorway, now has an official release date. You can look for the “Cranberry” 1/2 Cent in Nike Sportswear retailers starting Saturday, December 18th. Wrapped in red Foamposite material, and with a clear outsole to boot, this 1/2 Cent will surely make heads turn and necks break, even in the wintertime. So, when the time comes, you might want to get a pair! (Picture and information via Foot Locker Unlocked)
Lately, a swirl of rumors has been going around concerning future Jordan Brand releases. You might want to pay attention closely to these rumors, as both recent releases, like the Infrared Pack, and confirmed future releases, like the “Cool Grey” Air Jordan XI Retro slated for December, started as rumors.
Air Jordan XIII Retro “Altitude” – Holiday 2010
As of now, picture evidence can 100% confirm three of the four Air Jordan Retro releases that were slated for Holiday 2010. Many entities have gotten their hands on the “Flint” Air Jordan XIII Retro and the “Cool Grey” Air Jordan XI Retro, as shown by the plentiful amount of photographs of both shoes. In addition, at a Jordan Brand event earlier this year, a Jordan Brand official gave the people in attendance a sneak peek at a Black/White Air Jordan II Retro (so no, not the “Chrome” Air Jordan II Retro, but a similar colorway). The White/True Red XIII Retro is nowhere to be found. Could a different Air Jordan XIII Retro come out? Regardless if it replaces the White/True Red XIII Retro, rumor has it that the “Altitude” Air Jordan XIII Retro will make its rounds once again during holiday season. The “Altitude” XIII Retro last released in 2005, so another Retro would be a sweet treat! And just in time for the holidays? Even better!
Air Jordan III Retro “True Blue” – Summer 2011
In 2009, Jordan Brand made one of the worst moves possible, in the eyes of the Jordan heads: Retro the “True Blue” Air Jordan III internationally, and not in the States. Sneaker enthusiasts from the US phoned in to their overseas connections as soon as they could in order to get the 2009 “True Blue” Air Jordan III Retro. Those who didn’t have connections were forced to pay more for the shoe. If you’re thinking of becoming one of the latter, think again. Supposedly, the “True Blue” III will Retro again in America after ten long years. 2001 was when the last Retro release occurred, and Summer 2011 might just be the next time you’ll be able to get the “True Blue” Air Jordan III Retro in stores!
Air Jordan VII Retro “Cardinal” – Summer 2011
With a new Air Jordan VII colorway set in store already, it is only normal for us to ponder if Jordan Brand has any original colorways of the shoe set in store for release. Right now, one colorway of the VII that is rumored to Retro is the “Cardinal” colorway. Named after the shade of red used on the shoe, the “Cardinal” VII Retro is a pretty clean take on the Air Jordan VII. The white, red, and gold combination found on the shoes works pretty well. While there are other, older Air Jordan VII colorways that still need to be Retro’d, this is surely one release to be excited about.
Air Jordan VII Retro “Bordeaux” – Summer 2011
Speaking of older colorways, here’s a rumored release that will stir up some excitement. Actually, let me correct myself. The Retro of the “Bordeaux” Air Jordan VII is bound to cause pandemonium, as the colorway is one of the few original colorways of all Air Jordan legacy line shoes that has not seen any sort of Retro release since its original debut (For all VII colorways, 1992). In my opinion, this colorway is simple, yet bold. While the upper is predominantly shades of black and grey, the multi-colored tongue on the shoe provides a nice kick of flavor. So, get your outdoor chairs ready for Summer 2011, as you might just have to sit outside for a while to get a pair of “Bordeaux” Air Jordan VII Retro’s, if the rumors are true. If that release didn’t excite you at all, then the next one surely will.
Air Jordan V Retro “Grape” & “Laney” Pack – Summer 2011
My, here we go again! Another pack rumor! If this last rumor materializes, then get ready for one high-magnitude release. Even if the “Grape” Air Jordan V last Retro’d in 2006, it is still considered one of the most all-around loved Air Jordan colorways. Furthermore, the “Laney” V Retro, designed with Michael Jordan’s high school in mind, released in 2000: eleven years from the supposed release of the pack, Summer 2011! Nowadays, “Laney” V Retro’s are rare to find in the various buying and selling marketplaces of the internet. A pack like this would satisfy both the original Jordan heads of the late 1990s and early 2000s and the newfound Jordan heads of recent years, just as the Infrared Pack did! Who else is dying for this rumor to be true?
Remember, these are all rumored releases, meaning that they might happen or might not. If they do, you’ll definitely see coverage on Sole Camp. If they don’t, then we’ll just have to wait longer. (Pictures and information via Kix and the City and Sneaker News)