December 29th, 2011 by Aaron Kr. / 40
#18 – AIR JORDAN XIII ‘RAY ALLEN’ PE
As the longest tenured Jordan Brand athlete, Ray Allen practically invented the category of drool-worthy one-off PE colorways. If you dig deep enough to check out the snapshots from each era in his career, from the Bucks to the SuperSonics, to his current home in Boston, you’ll be hard pressed to take your eyes off the crazy footwear he’s been suited up in across the years. Matching his consistency in the shoe game is his incomparable ability to sink shots, specifically from behind the three-point line. After an accomplished career spent just outside the major market spotlight, Allen’s move to Boston finally put him with a squad capable of grabbing a ring, which they did in 2008. The championship run helped to validate his career, and with that task proudly under his belt, Sugar Ray embarked on his most epic personal achievement earlier this year – breaking the career record for three-point shots made in the NBA, with the crucial 2,612th shot finding its way to the hole on February 10th , 2011.
On Ray’s feet that historical night, were a special pair of Air Jordan XIII PE’s that immediately brought up questions in the sneaker world regarding whether or not they might actually see a retail release. To celebrate the occasion, Jordan Brand decided to spread the love around, making the Air Jordan XIII PE he wore as he broke the record available to the public, albeit in extremely limited numbers. Only the second Ray PE to hit retail after the House of Hoops exclusive Air Jordan VIII’s from 2008, these were gone in a heartbeat from the two retail spots that carried them in Boston and Miami. And with prices on the secondary market topping out close to the thousand dollar mark, we’re sure that nobody who managed to snatch these up is the least bit disappointed in their purchase. From the clean Celtics combo of white and green to the slick ‘Ray’ logo scrawled on the tongue, the Ray Allen 3-Point Record Air Jordan XIII was a player exclusive colorway done right, effectively capturing the milestone moment and providing fans with an insane commemorative sneaker memento.