September 7, 2011 BY John Kim / 45
Every so often we come across some strange easter eggs. With millions of sneakers being manufactured every year, it’s expected that a few mistakes could be made during the process (thus, B-Grades at Nike Factory Stores), but then comes along a funky variant of a sneaker that’ll have you scratching your head over and over. Here’s a look at a sample pair of the Air Jordan XIII in White/Varsity Red-Black (released in December of 2010), which features ’23’ stitched on the upper. Obviously this ’23’ version has never been released in any way shape or form, but what makes it even more cryptic is that this sample pair was found by Sneaker News reader Zaid on the shelves of a Nike Factory Store in – wait for it – Cape Town, South Africa (you know, the African European settlement known for its exports of minerals, precious stones, and Charlize Theron).
We’ve seen unreleased colorways of Air Jordans that were made, but that sort of experiment in production is understandable, as Jordan Brand does manufacture limited runs of special edition samples and prototypes, like the Air Jordan XI ‘Space Jam’ with the ’45’ on the heel, the Air Jordan IV ‘Laser’ in tonal red, and plenty more. But a ’23’, right smack in the middle of the upper? Somebody over at the factories might’ve been having a bit too much fun. In any case, these Air Jordan XIII ’23’ Samples may be one of the most unique finds ever, so continue reading for a detailed look at this rare sample and let us know what you think, and if you’re interested in sending in your offers for this rare pair, check out Zaid’s contact information below!
To contact Zaid: email@example.com
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Wow...... this is probably the first time my city (CAPE TOWN) has ever been mentioned on sneakernews....... Most of you dont know that South Africa has a huge sneker culture too. and it keeps growing by the day. HOSH JA!!!!!
Why does the 23 look bad on V's, the 23 pretty much makes the V's for me. Although, its correct when said that they don't belong on the XIII's or any other shoe other than the VII's.
There is no such thing as Fake Nike's as Nike created this whole scene to keep the markup on the J's and Premium line very high. Make the shoes in different countries and use the original molds and machines to make the so called fakes. Its all a big con and I really feel for anyone who wastes there money on Nike's or Jordan's. They found a way around deceiving people by production in many different countries around the world and not controlling manufacturing facilities in all production facilities.
good thing these never came out jb needs to stop thinking 23 looks good on everything all the v's have 23 on them now WHY?!
WE REPPING CAPE TOWN!!! HOSH JULLE NAAIERS!! We doing it big down here. Im from CPT born and bred, we f**kin' with YEEZYS and SOUTH BEACHES down here!! CPT TILL I DIE!!
It don't matter wat shoe u buy, your going to pay WAY more then wat production costs. Welcome 2 real life homie!!!!
i dont give a fuck! how many thumbs down imma get real talk! i love the 23 anywhere! and 2 me the XIII aint my shoe! but with the 23 on it! il cop! im sorry! i like em every1 got there likes and dislikes! but to all you lames that "ooh i only like originals "only the OGs man! only the retro" shut the fuck up im retro crazy! i love me them retros OGs and all that but i like to be different i like new shit to so i love this shit here il cop em