Black Friday shoppers, meet your maker. After a long wait, pictures of the 2012 iteration of the classic “Bred” Air Jordan IV have surfaced. Like with the Black/Infrared Air Jordan VI Retro and the “Metallic” Air Jordan V Retro from the past couple years, this Air Jordan IV Retro is comprised of a soft nubuck material as opposed to the durabuck from years past. For some, that might hurt the shoe’s appeal, but to many others, this is still the same old “Bred” Air Jordan IV. Stay tuned for closer looks at this sneaker as Black Friday approaches. (Picture via Taobao)
July 10, 2012
June 29, 2012
A few weeks ago, Dylan picked up a couple pairs of “Bred” Air Jordan 1 KOs. Now that summer has kicked in, and free time has revealed itself, here’s a look at his “Bred” KOs.
June 11, 2012
Before Dylan and I left for our three-week trip to Israel, I sent out a preview of things to come in the time while we were away. Alas, I had no idea of exactly how crazy of a period this past three weeks was going to be. The answer: very, very crazy. Check out a few of the headlines I missed in my preview below.
Nike LeBron 9 “MVP”
After the first half of this year’s NBA season, there was no question that LeBron James was putting up historic numbers for his Miami Heat squad. The second half of the season showed a little dip in his production, but nonetheless, in mid-May, LeBron was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011-2012 season. To celebrate the occasion, Nike created an “MVP” version of the LeBron 9. The sneaker has an upper covered in white, but also taken up by a red-and-black fade pattern. Yellow accents appear on the logos and outsole. More pizzaz comes through with red and yellow speckles on a white midsole. Last, but certainly not least, LeBron’s signature on the back of the LeBron 9 is replaced with a yellow “MVP” badge. No word yet on a release date, but keep your Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 demon eyes peeled. (Picture via Nike Inc.)
Nike Zoom Kobe VII “What the Kobe”
Nike SB dropped the “What the Dunk” Dunk Low in October 2007. Since then, there have been custom “What the Dunk” Dunk Highs and even a “What the Jordan” Air Jordan 1, but I am pretty sure Nike was the first to come up with a “What the Kobe” concept. The result? Look right above. Can’t miss it. This obscene version of the Zoom Kobe VII takes radiant colors and animal prints found on previous Kobe colorways and meshes them all together into one pair of sneakers. Wild, right? No release date is known on this super-eccentric Kobe VII, but stay tuned for one hopefully in the near future. (Picture via Sneaker Freaker)
Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals Fall/Winter 2012 Preview
Soon enough, six months will have passed since the first drop from Jeremy Scott’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, and you know what that means: more zany-to-infinity Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals sneakers to feast your eyes on. Sneaker Freaker has a preview of the first set of clothing and sneakers being released, which includes the psychedelic JS Bear pictured above. The first set of three sneakers, along with the matching clothing, is set to drop on or around Sunday, August 12.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Gym Green”
Foamposite mania hits again. The “Gym Green” Foamposite Pro above is dressed in an iridescent green that is lighter, but still similar to the “Dark Pine” Foamposite Pro’s upper from last year. Gym Green accents can be found on the lateral swoosh and outsole swoosh. A translucent outsole makes sure that this Foamposite is a winner for the Olympic season. Pick up your pair on Saturday, June 30. (Picture via Private Stock)
Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 999 Release Date Change
For the most part, these past three weeks have been quiet for news on upcoming Ronnie Fieg sneaker releases. No previews of future Asics collaborations have surfaced, but one tidbit of information on his latest New Balance project came out. The release of the “Steel Blue” New Balance 999, initially slated for Fieg’s birthday of June 15, has been moved to an undisclosed date. The information should not be too far away, but perhaps you will have to wait a little longer than you thought. For now, enjoy a gallery of pictures of the “Steel Blue” 999 courtesy of Sneaker News.
Nike Sportswear “Safari” Pack
Twenty-five years ago, Nike went a little over the aesthetic edge with the Nike Air Safari – a sneaker built like a classic Nike runner, but with a loud pop thanks to the Safari print. Now, Nike will pay tribute to the Air Safari with a two-sneaker pack. First, the Air Safari will re-release in its original form. In addition, the Air Trainer 1 will get dressed up in the original Air Safari colorway for the occasion. Look for both to drop at select Nike Sportswear retailers on Saturday, June 30. (Picture via Nice Kicks)
Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme “Galaxy” Blake Griffin PE Release Date
Ever since the NBA 2012 All-Star Game, many people have been curious about the release status of this player exclusive Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme. Fortunately for those people, this “Galaxy” Blake Griffin PE Hyperdunk finally has a release date. Look for the sneaker to drop in limited amounts at select Nike Basketball retailers on Saturday, June 23. For now, if you have the dough, you can go to eBay to get yourself a pair now.
Released: Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski “Vino Rosso”
Over the three weeks of our hiatus, there were a few notable drops, including this blast-from-the-past Nike SB quickstrike. For months on end, the “Vino Rosso” Janoski seemed like one of those shoes that had pairs floating around, but would never see a wide-scale release. That is, until this past Saturday, June 9. The “Vino Rosso” Janoski dropped at Nike SB locations across the nation as a regular quickstrike. If you put in effort, you should still be able to find a pair for retail or just a little above. (Picture via Black Sheep)
Released: Air Jordan 1 Retro KO Hi “Bred” & “Black Toe”
Talk about a blast from the past! Two Saturdays ago, June 2, marked the completely unexpected return of a gem for Jordan connoisseurs – the “Bred” Air Jordan 1 KO. This colorway of the Air Jordan 1 KO hasn’t seen store shelves since…well, the original drop! Along with the “Bred” colorup, Jordan Brand also dropped a reiteration of the classic “Black Toe” Jordan 1, but in KO form. The “Bred” version is pretty much gone, but you should still be able to find the “Black Toe” KOs around. (Picture via Extra Butter)
Released: Nike Air Yeezy 2 Black/Solar Red & Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum
Didn’t I tell you this might be coming? Well, I hoped it wouldn’t, just so I could be in the States to witness what could have been the craziest sneaker drop ever. Turns out the release was a day before I got back – Saturday, June 9. And yes, it was one of the most insane drops the sneakerhead community has ever seen. For one, there was a regional split for each colorway; stores in the West received the Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum version, stores in the East received the Black/Solar Red version, and select shops in Chicago and New York City received both. After February’s “Galaxy” Foamposite release hoopla, most stores learned their lesson, and held huge raffles instead of allowing lines to form. This was the first time raffles became so commonplace among sneaker shops. Thousands upon thousands of people across the nation put their names down for a chance at Yeezy 2s, with only a small percentage actually getting a chance to purchase pairs. Even the few House of Hoops locations that received Yeezy 2s held online raffles. Nike-owned stores stuck to the RSVP method, which, while efficient, upset a lot of people who believed that they responded quick enough to their respective store’s tweet. NikeStore even opted to release the sneaker online at a random date and time. And worst of all, while the sneaker retailed for $245, it is being sold on eBay at prices in the $2000 to $4000 range. If you won a raffle and were able to pick up a pair, congratulations. Otherwise, you might want to wait for the market price of the sneaker in either colorway to drop. (Picture via Nike Inc.)
Sneaker Con NYC June 2012
Did you miss out on any of the sneakers that dropped in the past three weeks, and don’t feel like buying them online? In a matter of weeks, you’ll have a great opportunity to see all sorts of sneakers in person at New York City’s first Sneaker Con in 2012. This time around, the event looks to be bigger than ever, thanks to the new 10,000 square-foot venue, Baruch College. Nearly 100 vendors will be at the event, catering to an expected thousands of event-goers. If there are any sneakers that you are looking to buy, sell, or trade, Sneaker Con is the place to be when it all goes down on Saturday, June 30 in New York City.
March 9, 2012
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)
February 20, 2012
Earlier this month, I finally found a deadstock pair of “Bred” Air Jordan 1s from 2001 in my size. I simply could not pass on an opportunity to own this sneaker. With that said, here is a quick look at the 2001 “Bred” Air Jordan 1 Retro.
February 11, 2012
For Jordan Brand, this past week has been all about the launch of the Air Jordan 2012, the latest shoe in the Jordan signature series. Jordan Brand invited many enthusiasts in the sneaker industry to New York for the beginning of the week, and additionally, to a top secret location in New Jersey on Tuesday for the event itself. At the event (with the assistance of the shoe’s designers, Tom Luedecke and Tinker Hatfield), and with a press release straight out of Beaverton, Jordan Brand properly unveiled the 2012, talked about all the technology that the shoe presents to a basketball player, and noted some of the shoe’s unlikely influences.
The Air Jordan 2012 encompasses six different possibilities for playing style, with three interchangeable midsoles (“fly over,” “fly around,” and “fly through”), and two interchangeable inner booties, one high, one low. Other notable tech specs on the sneaker include advanced Flywire technology and an innovative “flight carbon” plate. Even with all of that technology the shoe is influenced by the Jazz Era on the 20th Century, with wingtip patches covering the toe and side panels. At the event, people tested out the shoe on court in multiple basketball drills, and could take the pair they used home. People had a choice of three colorways…
Released: Air Jordan 2012 Deluxe “Wolf Grey” (pictured above) & “University Blue”
…two of which were set to release nationwide the next day. Yes, two colorways of the Air Jordan 2012, each stunning in their own right, have released already. The “Wolf Grey” colorway catches eyes immediately with its neon tongue and laces, whereas the “University Blue” colorway provides a clean balance of blue and grey on the already nice silhouette. You can get the Air Jordan 2012 Deluxe, for $223, at your local Jordan Brand retailer (such as Extra Butter) now, or online at NikeStore.
Upcoming Colorways of the Air Jordan 2012
Wait, you’re saying that I forgot a colorway? That’s right! At the media launch event, the industry experts could also choose the most-anticipated Air Jordan 2012, the deluxe “Year of the Dragon” colorway. This colorway features a smooth combination of shades of blue and vibrant yellow accents on its upper. If you’ve been longing for a pair of the “Year of the Dragon” Air Jordan 2012s, then you’re wait is not much longer, as the sneaker will be released right in the midst of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, on Saturday, February 25th. However, there are even more cool colorways of the Air Jordan 2012 on the way, such as a “Bred” version, and “All-Star” editions, which were both on display at the event. Not to mention that starting on February 14th, you will be able to design your own colorway of the 2012 on NikeiD too! Keep up with Sole Camp if you want to stay updated on the hype that is the Air Jordan 2012.
Also check out Inside the Sneaker Box for some nice shots and video from the media launch.
July 29, 2011
Looks like the Air Jordan XII is not alone in ruling 2012. One Air Jordan IV Retro release was already confirmed for 2012 (the “White Cement” colorway). But now, three more will join the “White Cements”. The best part of it all? The other three Air Jordan IV Retros slated for 2012 are also original colorways of Jordan’s fourth signature. The “Bred” colorway of the Air Jordan IV, last seen in the Air Jordan IV/Air Jordan XIX Countdown Package from 2008, will release once again. The “Military Blue” Air Jordan IV will see a Retro release after a six year hiatus. Finally, the “Fire Red” colorway of the Air Jordan IV will see the light of day once again. In 2006, a similarly color-blocked Air Jordan IV Retro released with Varsity Red (as opposed to Fire Red) accents and a Mars Blackmon logo. Hopefully, the 2012 “Fire Red” Air Jordan IV Retro release will be truer to OG form. No source has given an indication of when the shoes will release, but stay tuned to Sole Camp if you want the low-down on the 2012 Air Jordan IV Retros’ release information when it drops.
July 15, 2011
Tinker made them shine. Mike made them fly. You made them…iconic? Not as much as the other Air Jordan XI’s. But nonetheless, the “Bred’ Air Jordan XI Low IE is a original Air Jordan shoe that some still go crazy for. This Chicago Bulls-like colorway of the Air Jordan XI Low IE has only seen two releases throughout the years, with one of those being way back in 1996. If the “Bred’ Air Jordan XI Low IE has gone under your radar until recently, though, then you’d better take advantage and pick the shoe up when it is released to Jordan Brand retailers tomorrow, July 16th. (Picture via TheRetroSole)
July 1, 2011
Air Jordan Release Dates – Air Jordan XI Low IE “Bred”, Jordan Fly Wade “South Beach”, & Air Jordan XIII Retro Ray Allen PE (Updated)
Jordan Brand is bring out the heat to accompany the hot month of July. In the middle of the month, the little brother to the Air Jordan XI, the XI Low IE, will return to stores in the classic “Bred” colorway. Because the “Bred” XI Low IE is a low-top, and because it’s colorway is pretty simple, it’s a great beater for this hot season. In addition, later in the month, Jordan Brand will release shoes in honor of two of the NBA’s best Shooting Guards. You can get some Miami flare with the “South Beach” Fly Wade, or you could stick to the Clover Green of Beantown with the Ray Allen XIII PE (which has been pushed back a bit). Stick with Sole Camp for any more information on these three releases, and check below for their respective release dates (Pictures via Jumpman23 & Kickz-Lab).
April 21, 2011
Upcoming Air Jordan Retro Releases – Air Jordan III Retro “Stealth” & Air Jordan XI Retro Low IE “Bred”
It looks like the summer will be lined up with more Jordan Brand heat than we thought! Above are two more Air Jordan Retros releasing during the sunniest season of the year. The first shoe is a new colorway of the Air Jordan III with shades of Black, Varsity Red, Stealth Grey, and Light Graphite. It brings a nice “Cool Grey” twist to the ever-so-classic Air Jordan III silhouette. I mean, there has already been a “Cool Grey” Air Jordan III, but I like this colorway better. The best part about the shoe, in my opinion? The tongue. The black nubuck on the tongue is the perfect base for the bright red Jumpman! Not to mention that the other red accents pop off of the Stealth Grey base nicely. I’m sure the first shoe’s silhouette is familiar to you, but the second might be a different story. While the Air Jordan XI is a very popular shoe, the IE Low version of the shoe sees nowhere near the same level of appreciation. This summer, Jordan Brand will bring back this lowtop version of the Air Jordan XI in the classic “Bred” colorway: Black/Varsity Red-White. The XI Retro Low will release right in the middle of the summer, on July 19th, while the III Retro will release close out the summer, releasing in September. (Pictures via Kicks-Crew)