Air Jordan X ‘Chicago’ – OG vs. Retro Comparison

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Understated in design yet overflowing with personality, the Air Jordan X was the first Air Jordan designed during MJ’s full retirement (the Air Jordan IX was a work in progress when Michael was still rockin’ the VIII). The Air Jordan X design is rather subdued compared to the Air Jordans that bookend that saga; the IX featured a distinct pattern of perforations with the ‘global’ effect, while the Air Jordan XI, as we all know, was catapulted to a higher level with the patent leather shine. The X, featured simpler lines and clean leather uppers, but it was the outsole that told Michael Jordan’s story in a more straightforward manner than any other Air Jordan. With the return of the Chicago happening in just a few days, the folks at Kicksquad put together this neat side-by-side comparison of the 2012 Retro and the rare original from ’95; you can clearly see the differences from OG and re-issue, like the the obvious logo branding on the insole, the tongue, and of course, the inner lining. Check out the nice side-by-side clicks below and let us know if the Chicago X Retro is a must-have for you.


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101 comments
Caliagent2345
Caliagent2345

just bought them at local footlocker and no hangtag on shoes in size 12 and contacted NIKETOWN LOS ANGLES AND THEY HAD 100 PAIRS AND THEIR PAIRS DIDNT HAVE THEM EITHER

Scarface27
Scarface27

Damn people were treating these like the Concord XI when I tried to order them!I'm very surprised that it was that difficult to get these...Thought it was going to be an easy buy...I bet most of them were resellers..Just to know how to ruin the fun for everyone else.Shaking my head...

Acast
Acast

Does anyone know where i can get some CONVERSE retros?

jibba
jibba

Just copped two pairs for myself I thought these were a great release allnall the OG's have a slight upper hand I know these always had the jumpman on the heels but the nike air symbol would look amazing on these

J Smooth
J Smooth

I like the O.G.'s better from what these pictures show.

Mutiny_1914
Mutiny_1914

To be honest, I like how JB didn't change too much with the shoe. It's just little things thats different but still can rock them the same. Def cop...

YMCM
YMCM

Wish I could get these! Saving up for my Red Foams <3 !! ;)

_idgaf22
_idgaf22

Deffineteley prefer the solid red sock liner. Thats my only beef. & I wish it was a true red instead of varsity. But I'm still copping. Is it just me or is the Air Jordan missing from the OG's tongues ?

hhvfnhfd
hhvfnhfd

I got them the pics don't do justice bc the ogs r laced correctly n the 2012s r not on the ogs the inner liner is all red n I personally think it goes better with the style of the shoe but the checkered pattern is cool.....now of course the is gonna be HATERS what would owning a pair of js b without them if you don't think people should be buying them why put ne thought into it why r u looking at sneaker sites clicking on a post of Jordan sneakers. I mean by u even commenting u made people want them more I mean really u came on a sneaker site to say that smh its baffling.

Jerronimo
Jerronimo

I'm still grabbing a pair. My shadow 10's are getting lonely. They need a sibling...lol

EstoBoogie
EstoBoogie

ALL THE COMPLAINT ON THE SNEAKER WEB SITES, BUT DO ANY OF YOU EVER COMPLAIN TO CORPORATE?

breadedrookie
breadedrookie

i expected a detailed comparison not just a side by side photoshoot

james harrison
james harrison

the tread looks cool, but there is no lateral traction. too bad it's the worst performing jordan ever.

Will
Will

Idk about the more for less comment. Just as everything else the price has gone up due to several factors outside of most companies control and sorry phony heads the leather really isn't different in quality. You wear kicks and they crease, crack or yellow. Facts of life, had all j's from the 3's in 87 until now and most aren't far off in quality. Sorry to burst your bubble children. I'm just glad these are back, be grateful instead of hateful and fake. Same losers rushed the conords but og's were able cop months later in the chi and same with the retros, thats right I'm talking 95 for the xi's, shoot, first retro 1,2,3's went on sale in 94 soo keep acting lame youngins.

N!CK Nvz
N!CK Nvz

yea cant wait to add these bad boys to my collection............and would yall please just stop f*cking fight over dumm shit either you have the money to buy these or you dont plus we all know the people talking shit about this shoe aint got $$$$$$$$$$$$ " Sneaker Heads get them because of the history and CW's not because some dum fuck says it poor quality" By N!CK Nvz LMFAO

Honda
Honda

I actually like the red and black checker pattern lining better than the all red. Coppin!

shortymac
shortymac

did anyone notice the fuckedup tongue on the og! wow

big50mike
big50mike

man oh man 3 days left come onn................

DenNiggas
DenNiggas

y'all are just biters. it should be obvious that nothing can compare to any of the OGs, that's why these are called retroes. there are gonna be some changes, times a change. if you truly have love for the shoes, then the little differences wouldn't matter.

Coop
Coop

OG looks Better hands down

dueceizloose
dueceizloose

Yeah the Og's are classics I wish I still had my black joints that I got from the Nike factory they were da shiznik for 60 bucks. I agree with homie nobody is wining at the end of the day except for Jordan and JB cuz people keep trying to kill each other over the sub par quality of the J and the prices. But not all Og nikes are made as cheap as Jordan's these days. Me personally I like the Bo's, Deions, and classic Uptempos I'm not on Jordan like that like others

hatemenow
hatemenow

i want these...but medicom af1s also drop that day.

Hec
Hec

It's a no brainier that the OG are always going to e superior. We ain't never getting that again. Im not a fan of the X I do think this is the best colorway however for the $160 tag its a easy pass. They will still sell though some mom and pop stores started charging $230-$250 here I NYC and they still sell smh I'll wait for the iv since I can't afford an OG pair and wouldn't risk it for the fact that they crack eventually. Sneakers are made to be worn and not sit in a closet for 10 years to be stated at

junior
junior

Can't compare the quality of og's with retro's enough said...

DRE
DRE

WHERE IN EUROPE CAN I GET THOSE ??????

Will
Will

God, the nike air logo wasnt on these fools, ever. And it stopped after the 6's. Also the nike air and nike word/logo was on the bottom of the shoes that had nike air on the back. Wannabe heads like those who complain of it missing in the back don't even know that. Phonies.

BOA
BOA

I'm 19 years old i buy the jordans i know all the history about jb and i buy all the releases i like, i wasn't lucky enough to be around for the og's so retros are the only way i can have my favorite sneakers.....Sorry if i support a "bad company" but i like the sneakers

read it then weep
read it then weep

Overall, I think they did a remarkable job making these look the same (at least in these pics) with some minor, but expected changes. One thing I noticed which seems so simple and stupid and almost funny, but it seriously irks me is the difference in the pull tab. I know, I know, sort of dumb to bring it up, but it's such a simple small feature that looks so cheap on the retro in comparison to the OG.

wabba28
wabba28

IMO, the sockliner on the og pops much more without the checker and gives it a lot more character. the shape on OG looks better as well, but I will cop regardless because this is one of my grails and the OGs costs way too much for me right now.

dopeman2978
dopeman2978

Question: we see the changes in the OG vs 2012 retros, checker board on the inside collar and the air jordan 23 on the tongue. the jumpmans facing right instead of left, so does this MAKE the 2012 better than the OG? OG just has the NIKE AIR on the inside footliner

D. Johnson
D. Johnson

Call me crazy but I prefer the Retro to the Og in the looks department, now as far as quality goes well............

Nazarethsavage
Nazarethsavage

Don't get me wrong and I'm going to get the retros come Saturday, but I can't help but notice the shape of the OGs looks MUCH better than the new ones. I miss old JB to say the least

littlph
littlph

yep its official coppin 2 pairs!

MidnightMaraude
MidnightMaraude

I like the red Jumpman best. Both shoes look good though.

SdotC
SdotC

checkboard lining and red jumpman and air jordan on the tongue. nice retro overall!

dopeman2978
dopeman2978

the OGs look better to me for some reason. imo

car ramrod
car ramrod

more money for less product 160 for 40 dollar shoes fakers-shitty quality 60 bucks jb- shitty quality 160 if you buy jordans you support a company that ass fucks you thanks "sneaker culture" for giving companies the upper hand

trilla
trilla

those og's are in pretty decent shape

hozezae
hozezae

Close call, almost identical. I guess the tumble leather wore off on the OG's and the 23 looks missing. Kick squad do poor reviews anyway so maybe somebody else needs to do it

xXJETLIFEXx420
xXJETLIFEXx420

the OGs would look way sicker if it had the nike air on the back

JAY T
JAY T

DEY SEEM DA SAME TO ME

harry
harry

when i was looking at the jumpman logo of those , it was too funny because of the different side

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