Sole Camp

July 10, 2012

Air Jordan IX Retro “Johnny Kilroy” Release Date

Air Jordan IX Retro "Johnny Kilroy"

Air Jordan IX Retro "Johnny Kilroy"

Numbers on the backs of sneakers usually denote some sort of player exclusive version of a sneaker, right? In the case of this Air Jordan IX Retro, that is true, but the player is a fictional one. This special version of the Air Jordan IX was made in tribute to Johnny Kilroy, a player featured in an original commercial for the Air Jordan IX. Details like the “4″ on the back of the sneaker and the “Kilroy Kicks Butt” text on the inside of the tongue show just how special this Air Jordan IX is. As if there were not enough Jordan Retros releasing in the Fall, this one is scheduled right in the middle of the season: Saturday, October 18. (Picture via Sneaker Hotline)

June 21, 2012

Air Jordan IX Retro Release Dates

Air Jordan IX Retro "Olive"

Air Jordan IX Retro "Olive" (2012 Version)

Fans of the Air Jordan IX, you might want to pay attention to this. Over the few days, the release dates for three of the Air Jordan IX Retros releasing later this year were revealed. Starting things off is the “Photo Blue” IX Retro. The black-based new colorway of the Air Jordan IX will be in stores on Saturday, November 3. Just two weeks later, on Saturday, November 17, that colorway will be joined by a fan favorite Air Jordan IX colorway: the “Olive” version. Rounding out this set of Air Jordan IX Retro releases is the “Cool Grey” colorway. That sleek colorway of the IX will be Jordan fans’ appetizer before the usual big Air Jordan XI Retro release, as the “Cool Grey” IX Retro drops on Saturday, December 15. This leaves one more Air Jordan IX Retro without a release date – the “Johnny Kilroy” colorway. Stay tuned for the release date on that version, and be patient for the rest, as it will be a long time before you will see any Air Jordan IX Retros in Jordan Brand retailers. (Picture via Nice Kicks)

April 8, 2012

Air Jordan IX Retro Holiday 2012 Preview

Air Jordan IX Retro's for Holiday 2012

Air Jordan IX Retro's for Holiday 2012: Black/Photo Blue, "Johnny Kilroy", "Cool Grey", and "Olive"

Just about a month ago, Jake informed you all that the Air Jordan IX will be making a huge return this upcoming holiday season. Two cool new colorways, the Black/Photo Blue (set to release in November) and “Johnny Kilroy” (set to release in October) versions, will release along two highly-coveted colorways that first appeared in the early 2000′s: the “Cool Grey” (set to release in December) and “Olive” IXs. However, along with images of all of these shoes, I have some more good news: The “French Blue” Air Jordan IX, which also debuted in the early 2000′s, will makes a return this holiday season as well. Check below for more images of the upcoming Air Jordan IX Retro’s, and stay tuned to Sole Camp for more information on these shoes (Images via Sneaker News). (more…)

March 9, 2012

Air Jordan Retros Confirmed for Holiday 2012

Air Jordan XI Retro "Bred"

Air Jordan XI Retro "Bred"

It looks like this holiday season will be nothing short of hectic for Jordan lovers. Thanks to TheShoeGame’s G-Roc, we have confirmation of several Holiday 2012 Air Jordan Retro releases. The few months of the holiday season will have four different Air Jordan IX Retros for the masses. There’s a predominately black colorway with Photo Blue contrast stitching. Johnny Kilroy, a persona Michael Jordan took on upon his first retirement in commercials, will get his own version of the Air Jordan IX in a Black/Red/Silver colorway with the number 4 on the sneaker’s heel. In addition to the two new colorways of the Air Jordan IX, two oldies, and surely goodies, will be making their respective returns: “Cool Grey” and “Olive”. Two other sneakers were confirmed to be dropping in the 2012 holiday season. Funny thing is that they have the same nickname: “Bred”. Yes, the previously confirmed “Bred” Air Jordan IV and the “Bred” Air Jordan XI will be returning come Holiday 2012. Get ready. (Picture via Kixclusive)

September 2, 2010

Now Releasing: Air Jordan IX Retro “Charcoal”

Air Jordan IX Retro "Charcoal"

Air Jordan IX Retro "Charcoal"

Ready to pick up some charcoal for Labor Day weekend? No, not charcoal for cooking! On Saturday, September 4th, the long-awaited “Charcoal” Air Jordan IX Retro will release. The last time the “Charcoal” IX Retro saw store shelves was back in 1994, when the Air Jordan IX first released. Until now, it has remained as one of the only original Jordan legacy line colorways not Retro’d. Expect these to move quickly, as black and red colorways on shoes always appeal to Jordan heads. If you like the mix of Black on the suede upper, midsole and outsole, Varsity Red on the Jumpman logo and lining, and Dark Charcoal on the bordering upper of this Air Jordan IX Retro, then go grab a pair from your local Jordan Brand retailer, starting Saturday. (Picture via Jordan Brand)

August 13, 2010

New York City Store Report: World Basketball Festival Edition

The first annual World Basketball Festival takes over NYC! (Picture via Sole Collector)

The first annual World Basketball Festival takes over NYC! (Picture via Sole Collector)

New York City has become the home of the first annual World Basketball Festival, hosted by Nike, Jordan Brand, and Converse. Advertisements for the festival and events going down in honor of the festival all weekend long have taken over NYC. The festival has even taken over some of NYC’s finest sneaker stores, including Niketown, 21 Mercer (Nike Sportswear), Footaction (34th Street), Foot Locker (34th Street), House of Hoops (in Harlem and Roosevelt Field), and Atmos NYC, with great apparel, sneakers, and displays.

First of all, all of the aforementioned stores received tons of apparel to honor the festival. Nike released the most clothing, ranging from jerseys from different players representing each country, to t-shirts with the “Big Apple” on them, to t-shirts that match the “Borough Pack” Air Force 1′s, to t-shirts that feature some of Nike Basketball’s star players, such as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, on them. Jordan Brand also released shirts with their branded athletes, like Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony, on them, but in addition, Jordan Brand released many shirts in their signature colors (White, Black, and University Blue), with one set that honors the different boroughs of the city (and Harlem), and another set which features the now-signature phrase “For the Love of the Game”. Jordan Brand also released t-shirts to specifically match the “Un-Powder” Air Jordan IX and the “Olympic” Air Jordan VII. In contrast, all that Converse released were some pretty simple t-shirts that say “I (converse symbol) NYC”.

In addition to the clothing, all three companies released great sneakers in honor of the festival, which are available at various stores in the aforementioned ones. As you probably already know, Nike Sportswear released the “Borough Pack” Air Force 1′s in honor of the festival. However, they also released the Country Pack Air Force 1′s, a set of five Air Forces each honoring the five countries taking part in the World Basketball Festival, at Niketown NYC and 21 Mercer. Instead of releasing new colorways of classics like Nike Sportswear did, Nike Basketball decided to debut two brand new sneakers just in time for the World Basketball Festival. First off is the Hyperdunk 2010, which weighs half an ounce less than it’s predecessor, and is all about stability, mobility, and support, with it’s ankle openings, flywire, and Nike Zoom technology. In addition, Nike Basketball debuted the Hyperfuse, which uses Nike’s new and innovating ventilation technology along in a lightweight shoe with supportive cushioning. Nike Basketball released many coloways of these two sneakers, including colorways of each sneaker representing each country in the World Basketball Festival. Also, both Nike Basketball and Jordan released “United We Rise” colorways of their main athletes’ sneakers, the Zoom Kobe V and Lebron Zoom Soldier IV, and the Air Jordan 2010 Team, CP3.III, and Melo M6 Future Sole, respectively. While the “United We Rise” Jordans are pretty cool, the main set of shoes Jordan Brand released in honor of the World Basketball Festival was the “For the Love of the Game” pack, which my brother recently updated you guys on. This set includes University Blue colorways of the Alpha 1 Outdoor, 2010 Outdoor, and the Pre-Game XT, in addition to the fast-selling “Un-Powder” Air Jordan IX and “Olympic” Air Jordan VII. Converse released many colorways of the Starplayer Evo in honor of the festivities.

Finally, in addition to product launches, the World Basketball Festival has initiated the opening of a few displays in Harlem. All together, Nike, Jordan Brand, and Converse have unveiled “The Ball Room”, a pop-up museum (open through August 29th) honoring the past and present of basketball, through jerseys and sneakers. Some of the famous sneakers on display there include the Chuck Taylor, the “Chicago” Air Jordan 1, the Nike Blazer, and the “Royal” Air Foamposite One. House of Hoops also unveiled the University Blue collection of Jordans 1-2010. However, the best display belongs to Atmos NYC, which was blessed by Jordan Brand with enough supply to become a Jordan pop-up shop during the World Basketball Festival. The store overall is a must to check out for any Jordan Brand fan, but some of the most notable parts about it are it’s various displays, which include a “For the Love of the Game” Jordan Motorsports motorcycle, and a lasered version of the University Blue Jordan collection.

If I were you, I would try and check out all of the stores I mentioned in the post. In addition, here are links to some of the special displays in the stores for the World Basketball Festival and links to NikeStore and Converse.com where most of the apparel and kicks are being sold as well:

Foot Locker NYC Display (via Sneakernews)

NikeTown NYC Display (via Sneakernews)

The Ball Room (via NiceKicks)

“For the Love of the Game” University Blue Collection at House of Hoops in Harlem (via Sneakernews)

Atmos Jordan Pop-Up Shop (via SneakerNews)

Lasered University Blue Collection (via Sneakernews)

World Basketball Festval on NikeStore

World Basketball Festival on Converse

August 9, 2010

Air Jordan “For the Love of the Game” Pack Update

As the World Basketball Festival draws nearer, Jordan Brand has kicked off its “For the Love of the Game” campaign, with countless apparel released to stores in the timeless University Blue shade of UNC, the place where Michael Jordan first truly shined on the basketball court. In addition to apparel, Jordan Brand will release several shoes in commemoration of Jordan’s love of basketball.

Now Releasing: Air Jordan “For the Love of the Game” Pack – Jordan Pre-Game XT, Air Jordan Alpha 1 Outdoor, Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor

Air Jordan "For the Love of the Game" Pack - Jordan Pre-Game XT, Air Jordan Alpha 1 Outdoor, Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor

Air Jordan "For the Love of the Game" Pack - Jordan Pre-Game XT, Air Jordan Alpha 1 Outdoor, Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor

With the summer here, outdoor ballin’ is more popular than ever. Jordan Brand has taken the opportunity of summer to introduce the Outdoor versions of the Air Jordan Alpha 1 and Air Jordan 2010. Both shoes are laden with straps and perforations, in order to ensure the perfect outdoor basketball experience. Jordan Brand has taken both of said shoes, along with Jordan Brand’s lightweight training shoe, the Jordan Pre-Game XT, and given them all University Blue/White colorups. These shoes, all with bright blue uppers, would shine in any outdoor game of hoops! Go grab any of the three now from places like NikeStore and Foot Locker!

Now Releasing: Air Jordan IX Retro “For the Love of the Game”

Air Jordan IX Retro "For the Love of the Game"

Air Jordan IX Retro "For the Love of the Game"

In addition to the three previously-mentioned “For the Love of the Game” kicks, Jordan Brand is scheduled to release an Air Jordan IX Retro for its “For the Love of the Game” campaign. This IX Retro was initially scheduled to release on Saturday, August 14th, but since then, has been moved up to tomorrow, August 11th. This Air Jordan IX Retro is covered in white leather and blue nubuck, along with a full white sole, blue strap, and black lining. The “For the Love of the Game” Air Jordan IX Retro will release specifically at House of Hoops locations tomorrow, Wednesday, August 11th. There’s a specific reason that the IX Retro got pushed up though…

Air Jordan VII Retro “For the Love of the Game”/”Olympic” Re-Retro

Air Jordan VII Retro "For the Love of the Game"/"Olympic" Re-Retro

Air Jordan VII Retro "For the Love of the Game"/"Olympic" Re-Retro

…and this is that reason! With both the World Basketball Festival and the 2010 FIBA World Championship going underway soon, Nike has released several sneakers in “USA” colorways. There’s no Air Jordan shoe with a USA colorway quite like the “Olympic” Air Jordan VII, though. It was in the “Olympic” Air Jordan VII that Michael Jordan led the 1992 Dream Team to Olympic gold in Basketball. Almost twenty years later, the shoe will re-release for only the second time; the first Retro release of the shoe coincided with the 2004 Olympic games. The 2010 “Olympic” Air Jordan VII Retro stays true to the original, except for the inclusion of the “For the Love of the Game” heart logo that appears on the rest of the “For the Love of the Game” shoes. On the others, the logo appears in black, but on the VII Retro, it appears in a shining gold shade. The “For the Love of the Game”/”Olympic” Air Jordan VII Retro will release in limited quantities to Jordan Brand retailers on Friday, August 13th. If you’re a fan of Jordan Brand at all, this is a must-pickup shoe! (Pictures and info via Sole Collector, Foot Locker Unlocked, and Exit 36)

What You’ve Missed: Jordan Brand Summer Releases

With our hiatus in the first half of summer, Sole Camp has missed a plentiful amount of sneaker releases. In this article, I will give you all a taste of what you’ve missed in summer releases for Jordan Brand.

Air Jordan IX Retro “Citrus”

Air Jordan IX Retro "Citrus"

Air Jordan IX Retro "Citrus"

This IX Retro kicked off the summer, releasing on July 1st. The hits of white and a bright orange shade, Citrus, even on a black base, make the “Citrus” Air Jordan IX Retro a summer winner, for sure! You can pick up a pair from your local Jordan Brand retailer, if they still have!

Air Jordan Fusion 5 “Spice” & “Grape”

Air Jordan Fusion 5 "Spice" & "Grape"

Air Jordan Fusion 5 "Spice" & "Grape"

The Fusion 5 makes a return to the Jordan scene! In mid-July, Jordan Brand released two colorways of the Air Jordan Fusion 5: one old and one new. For the latter, Jordan Brand made a white and spice orange masterpiece, with hints of teal on the midsole and lining. As for the former, Jordan Brand took the beloved “Grape” colorway of the Air Jordan V and smacked it onto the Fusion 5. For those looking for either a completely new spin or a sweet lookback on one of the more iconic Air Jordan models, check your local Jordan Brand retailer now!

Air Jordan II Retro QF University Blue/Black-White

Air Jordan II Retro QF University Blue/Black-White

Air Jordan II Retro QF University Blue/Black-White

As if the Citrus shade on the IX Retro wasn’t enough to supplement the summer. On the last day of July, Jordan Brand released a University Blue Retro of the Air Jordan II. Complimented by hits of white and black, the smooth, bright blue nubuck upper of this Air Jordan II Retro makes for a nice summer spin on a legendary shoe that saw its fame on the indoor court. From what I have heard, this shoe is selling out quick in some places, so get to your local Jordan Brand retailer quick to scoop up a pair!

Air Jordan IX Retro “Playoff”

Air Jordan IX Retro "Playoff"

Air Jordan IX Retro "Playoff"

July let Jordan Brand take a break from original Retro releases. To start off August, though, Jordan Brand released the Air Jordan IX in the “Playoff” colorway: classic White, Varsity Red, and Black on one shoe. In contrast from the past releases of this shoe, though, the 2010 version of the “Playoff” IX Retro has “23″ on the back in red, as well as more of a smooth, reflective black on the upper, similar to the “Citrus” IX Retro. As this Air Jordan IX Retro released only last weekend, it should be an easy pickup from you local Jordan Brand retailer.

That’s all for Jordan’s that you’ve missed. There are still a plentiful amount of releases set for the year, so stay tuned to Sole Camp for more Jordan information, as well as more sneaker information in general! (Pictures via Exit 36, Eastbay, and Jordan Brand)

June 25, 2010

Now Releasing: Jordan Team ISO & Air Jordan IX Retro “Quai 54″ (“Un-Citrus”)

Jordan Team ISO & Air Jordan IX Retro "Quai 54"

Jordan Team ISO & Air Jordan IX Retro "Quai 54"

Annually, in Paris, Jordan Brand sponsors the biggest street basketball tournament in the world. Players from all around the globe gather in Paris to participate in Jordan Brand’s Quai 54 tournament. This year, the tournament will take place this weekend, June 26th and 27th. This year, as in past years, Jordan Brand will release two sneakers to commemorate the tournament. First, the Jordan Team ISO, a lightweight, Zoom Air-equipped Jordan model ready for the streets, will release in a Black/Varsity Maize colorup. Further, this Team ISO will be worn by players in the Quai 54 tournament. In addition to the Team ISO releasing, an Air Jordan IX Retro, first thought to be an “Un-Citrus” colorway, will be released. This IX Retro, as opposed to Citrus, will make use of the Varsity Maize shade, accented on the outsole Jumpman logos, as well as on the IX Retro’s laces. White and Black make up the rest of the shoe. Both of the shoes are primarily International Releases, but you can pick them up at some House of Hoops locations, starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 26th. (Picture via Jordan Brand)

June 23, 2010

Air Jordan IX Retro “Charcoal”

...and you thought there were no more IX Retros coming out this year. Think again!

...and you thought there were no more IX Retros coming out this year. Think again!

While the first half of 2010 was flooded with Air Jordan VI Retro releases, it looks like the second half of the year will be dominated by Air Jordan IX Retros. We have already seen various original colorways of the shoe set for 2010, like the “Powder Blue” and “Playoff” colorways, as well as some new, interesting colorways, like the Bin 23 and “Citrus” colorways. Well, bound to top all other IX Retro releases this year is the next, and last colorway set to release in 2010, the original “Charcoal” colorway of the Air Jordan IX. Similar to the “Powder Blue” colorway of the IX, the “Charcoal” colorway hasn’t seen a release since the initial debut of the Air Jordan IX. Unlike the “Powder Blue” IX Retro, though, this IX Retro stays true to its original form, at least color-wise. The upper is composed of both Black and Dark Charcoal suede, along with Black mesh for the tongue. The “Air Jordan” text on the tongue, global Jumpman symbol, back strap, and embroidered “23″ all have a brighter shade of red to them, called True Red. This sleek Air Jordan IX Retro is finished off with a Black midsole, True Red Jumpman logos (on the side and bottom of the outsole), and Dark Charcoal outsole. Look for the “Charcoal” Air Jordan IX Retro to hit Jordan Brand retailers later in 2010. If you’re really that impatient, Marqueesole has a full size run of the “Charcoal” IX Retro available right now. To test your patience, why don’t you hit the jump for additional pictures of the shoe? (more…)

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