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

January 18, 2012 BY / 101

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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

Randall
Randall

Got some Converse Weapon 86's in size 9.5 if you are interested.

Scarface27
Scarface27

Chicago X > Any Foamposite....Foamposite are some FUGLY shoes.LOL

paul casey
paul casey

Yes, Nike respond with, "we will investigate" and "if your products are defective please return them to the retailer who will report the fault" but they don't, the retailers just sell them to the next punter through the door, so nothing happens, nothing changes.

paul casey
paul casey

I'm no youngin mate, and your dead wrong, the leather isn't that different in quality, its not even fucking leather its synthetic!!! Do you work for Nike or something ? Cos the og's I still own are markedly different from the retros I own, like the patent on my og concords being actual leather and jot the pvc shit they used on the new ones, that back heel tab that should be leather but instead is done synthetic junk? Looks radically different from the full grain leather on my ogs, we must have been buying our Js from different places back in the day cos in the 90s a pair of Js would last me almost a full season training 3 times a week and at least a game a week, and I was still able to rock them when next seasons came out. My teams 2 guards og xiii only fell apart this year and he's been alternating between the black whites and Chicagos since release! Think I'll be wearing my 13s in in 15 or so years time? Ah wait no they fell apart after 3 hours. Let's get real here were not talking about cracking creasing or yellowing with age, were talking about shoes falling apart before they're even out the box, you never NEVER had to question the quality of a Jordan product.

paul casey
paul casey

Sorry mate but that's bullshit, there's nothing stopping Nike making jordans to the same quality they wete made to back in the day, I assume that in this day and age you can still pyrchade quality leathet? And that seamstresses can still stitch to the same standard? So why are we being asked to npay more for less? Maximum profit. Everything Nike is doing these days is to minimize production costs and maximize revenue, no air bags in heels of performance shoes? Most performance line sneaks being made if plastic? Xi retros using pvc instead of patent leather? Jumpmen always facing the same way so they don't need to waste time doing it in different directions on both shoes? If every other sneaker company can produce retros with the same quality of materials as tjier og counterparts, at the samr prices then so can Nike, stitching coming out of my black 5s or having to return my xi concords because the air bag is burst and internal stitching is sticking out of the outside of the shoe!? My xiii falling apart when I go up to block a shot and tearing the medial ligaments in my foot? These aren't small differences buddy there fucking huge differences, and its the love for what I used to wear that makes me so angry now. Driving up prices on products that are massively inferior to what they should be is not acceptable. If you think these things dont matter you must have mire money than sense.

Freakazoid
Freakazoid

You bitches tumbled me down for asking if they run small lol man I'm fuck yo bitch lol

read it then weep
read it then weep

Sort of like a ride on a plane. Those of us old enough to have picked up the OG when it came out already got to ride in first class and we loved it. We want to go back to first class again, coach class doesn't do it for us. For you young bucks it's your first time on the plane and your flying coach. You've never experienced first class so you're perfectly content flying coach.

sxpark95
sxpark95

i could really care less about the checkerboard pattern but OG quality in leather and build is far superior. i wouldn't mind paying a little extra for some quality leather

geminicricket
geminicricket

amen! paul casey speaks truth. Don't forget how the soles of the retros wear out quicker than an eraser on a pencil just from casual use.

R E E
R E E

My dude killed it when he said " My xiii falling apart when I go up to block a shot and tearing the medial ligaments in my foot?" I am over here crying right now. LOL! YOU kept it extremely real.

@ajones08
@ajones08

I think you should write a letter.... :-)

Duke
Duke

If I wear a 11, what size should I buy?

BOA
BOA

Good way to put it, but man if I would have been around back I would have saved up my lunch money to cop the new air jordans, now I settle for retros cause its all I got

Duked
Duked

...women's 12.5 k•swiss...

Scaredmagic
Scaredmagic

Brother, it was truly magical to see, so exciting!

BOA
BOA

Yea man I'm a fan of the 9's too, I got the Miami Nights idk but something about those pink laces, The swingmans are looking good too. You lucky man the only Michael Jordan I ever watched on tv was the Washington Wizards Jordan and thats no were near Bulls MJ

read it then weep
read it then weep

I know you would man!!!! BTW, I don't think you support a bad company. I buy what I like as well and certain jordans are very nostalgic to me. I remember being in high school or even elementary school watching Jordan and going to the mall and wanting his kicks so bad. A lot of people will never understand, but whatever, happiness is key. I even buy some old toys I missed out on as a kid, something about it just feels right. On another note, I have to admit I personally love the Lebron 9's. You don't see the sloppy glue and bad paint jobs on them. One day a new crop of kids will come along saying how bad they wish they could have been around for the OG lebrons. The 9's will definitely be retro'd one day, and I have a good feeling he'll get his 1st chip in them so they'll be all the more reason for these to be special.



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