February 6, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 68
Charles Barkley recently went on record as saying the level of play this year in the NBA is so poor that the league should consider contracting a few of its worst teams. Perhaps that’s just a contrast to last year’s spectacular regular season, arguably the best since the dissolution of the Jordan-era Bulls. This sentiment that last year was the best in a long time was perhaps surpassed by the number of in-the-know sneakerheads who considered 2011 the best year for Air Jordan Retro releases ever. There was too much heat to mention here, but among the standouts was the trio of Air Jordan III Retros from the OG quartet.
And even if the rapid-fire regular season might be the cause of Sir Charles’ complaints, increased frequency is having the opposite effect on Jays, as 2012′s giant run of Air Jordan IV Retros has this year poised to be even better than the one that just ended. Following up on the ‘White Cement’ release in about two weeks will be the at least five others, including the ‘Fire Red’ Air Jordan 4 that’s expected in stores like Carlos Prieto‘s SoleFly this August. That leaves the ‘Military Blue’ and ‘Black Cement’ OGs as well as the new ‘Knicks’ colorup we showed you this morning and a 23rd anniversary edition. This means the AJ4 will have it all over the Threes this time around, even if the 1988 model did end up winnning our OG Air Jordan tournament last spring. Let us know which Fours are your faves and stick with Sneaker News for the exact release date.
I'm 30 . . . . my parents bought my first pair when I was in first grade. I buy and WEAR every pair I get. I have bought some pairs 3 times over the course of my life. I shake my head sometimes when I hear the guy behind the counter say the price, but I pay it every time. It is what it is. And now at the age of 30, I still smile like an idiot walking out of the store with them in my hand the same way I did when I was 6, 7, 8,9,10,11, . . . . . years old. I buy and wear them time and time again because I guess I'm holding onto a time when I was a kid and things were a lot more innocent. I can only describe the experience as sentimental. That's why I don't mind paying 3 bills two or three weeks before the release date for them. I am happy to pay the premium so I don't have to stand on line next to LOSERS, hearing your nonsense drabble for hours in bad weather. You LOSERS, especially the real cool guys who wait on line just so you could resell them…. makes me hate you more. DIE
I'm not feeling the shade of red. To those copping, good luck. With all of these new "shoeheads", its hard to come around a pair these days..
These joints are original 89-90 J's for those who just don't have a clue bout classics kicks or who ain't knowledgeable bout the them. But these look fantastic. I wouldn't complain bout either OG colorway but I couldn't get these back in the day either so I would personally go with these.
I honestly hope these come out without the MARS logo. IN MY OPINION I prefer it as just the shoe without any faces on the side. THANK GOD !
Well we really only got like 2 decent pairs of V's, the others were trash imo. I wanna see the fire reds, stealths, laneys, grapes and all that good stuff. And the only 8s i would care about is the playoff's, i still have my aquas so i would sleep on the 8s But maan, i'm stuck between these and the cements.
True, reason why I leave the GRs to ppl like you who could care less about the quality, but they got that #swagg lmao
Finally, a pair of 4's shows up on Sneakernews that doesn't look totally stupid to me. Possible cop.
Damn I wanted these when I was a kid so bad. I'm talking about back in 1989 not no 2001 or 2006 retro ish. lol These are the Jordans fools used to get jumped for. Old heads like myself know what I'm saying. I might just stick with the cement IVs because they're more versatile than these though.
Very happy about the fours these year. Fours are the shoes I never had. And I plan on doing ask off then this year.
These is fire, too hot. If most of yall dont like these then pass and let me get an extra pair. Thesr are just fine im not complaining about shit, i dont endorse leather like yall let alone judge a shoe b4 i actually see it in person. Only thing is the air jordan behinh the tongue is red.
still debating it...we'll see what happens between now and august. looks clean but might now be for me. white cements on the other hand are all mine.
These are the 4s that i'm eager to buy. Also 2011 was not the greatest year in jordan retros. 2001 clearly was. Just compare the releases.
Skip, sounds to me like you were spoiled rich kid. J's in the first grade? Damn! You probably didnt have a clue who Jordan was back then. It's great that your fam could afford nice things for you, but go easy on us "Losers" son! LOL
we are getting v's next year because its the 23rd or 25th anniversary (forgot which one it was) of the shoe and it goes in order because of that. so grape and laney v's the stealth joints the fire red's will all be coming back next year.
The high tongue is one of the essential characteristics of this shoe.... Dude, your hypebeast is showing.
mj did wear these homie at the start of the 1989/90 season, the fire red 4's were released in november of 1989
You better find a pair of these then - http://images.sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/...
these are the go color way the mars aren't the original smh much to learn about kicks young grasshopper
dumbass hypebeast original ones where just like these the reretro(last time these dropped) they decided to put the mars blackmon logo now they are sticking to the original.
^^^the problem with sneakergame today, to many walking around in shoes that they have no knowledge of, lost generation. Older sneaker heads....reach one, teach one
O wise elder sneakerhead teach me the way of the sneaker and how to get in touch with my sole (slow bow)
lmao Amen brotha preach a bunch of little ass 15-20year old childern walking around in jordans all solely because of the hype and cause lame ass rappers of this day are trying to rock jordans too now...since when? i have no idea but its sad and the sadess part? they atually think there sneakerheads hahaha lmao SMH
the line u draw between what sneak u would or wouldn't cop is determined by a logo? just because of a small logo u don't like it, but without it the shoe becomes hot? ur ridiculous... I'd be fine with having either one, with or w/o the logo cuz wen it comes down to it, aesthetically they are both the same shoe
You are the most ignorant ass person i've ever seen speak. Age has absolutley NOTHING to do with it. I am a 15 year old sneaker head but have been collecting shoes since i was 12 man. yeah TWELVE. Just because we weren't around for all the OG pairs of jordans to come out doesn't mean shit. We can't help when we were born. You probably some fat dude who buys a whole bunch of shoes and stores them in your mom's basement just to say you have them. F**K off. Disgrace to the sneaker culture.
lmao you love your kicks? your jordans? you mean shoes you have no idea about? hahaa you dont love these shoes trust me you think you do cause all these other kids your age think they do too cause these lame ass rappers thats what really started all this crazy ass wannabe sneakerhead myhem don't worry one day soon when the wannabe sneakerheads die out in a year or so your ganna think what the hell did you do espically with a bunch of shoes you have no idea about these shoes all have meanings and to me its not only the shoe behind them but a story of my owns for them of when they 1st released and i had they so #quit the noise kill it and burn it
hey man i am 16 and a sneakerhead, just because i havent been around as long doesnt mean i dont love my kicks as much as the next guy...