February 20, 2012 BY John Kim / 24
A quick glimpse at your sneaker release calendar and you’ll quickly note that 2012 is the year to break the bank for some sick Air Jordans. Already heralded as the 23rd Anniversary of the Air Jordan IV, which denotes a number of Retro releases, Jordan Brand is also keying into the 2012 Summer Olympic Games while celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Dream Team. Among all of Michael Jordan’s career achievements, he’s actually played in the Olympics as an NBA Pro just once, anchoring that ’92 squad with his scoring ability and defense, and did so while wearing the Air Jordan VII in the ‘Olympic’ colorway. Later, in 2000, Ray Allen was selected as a member of the U.S. Olympic Mens Basketball Team, and continued the legacy of Air Jordans at the Summer Games by wearing the sick Air Jordan VI PE in a patriotic Navy, White, and Varsity Red. That particular Player Exclusive (which featured Ray’s name stitched on the heel), would later release at select Jordan retailers, and has since become one of the most sought-after and hard-to-find Air Jordan gems.
It’s one of the very few Retro Air Jordans that carries as much weight as the Originals, and some have appointed it as the best Air Jordan confirmed release of 2012 – more so than the Air Jordan IV ‘White/Cement’. However, Jordan Brand’s decision to alter the 2012 Retro by ‘flipping’ the forefoot of the midsole has garnered nods of approval from those who have prized and polished their 2000’s and fits of disapproval from those who have been waiting patiently for the stars to align and make this highly-anticipated re-release a reality. With the 2012 Retro being a trending topic here on Sneaker News, here’s a look at the original 2000 version below, so take a look and if you choose to go with the original, cop one of the available 2000 Retros like this one from gustadaninja on eBay.
Tags: Air Jordan VI 'Olympic'
I hate hesring u bastards complsin over something.so small like yall life depends on it or somrthing. Just a fucking midsole color swap on the 2012's, these r cool but hella old
The sneaker world has changed today. During my school days in 2003, coppin J's were easy as ABC and 123. I went to Nike store and I copped the Jordan 8 white/red without falling/waiting in line. Today, coppin J's is messed up.. Its a 1st day release , 1 minute sold out. HEY JB u should increase your production not the price tag......
i might cop da new version but i still have these... so might jus stick wit those... dont really like da added blu on da midsole in da new releases.
I don't get what the big fuss is about these appearance wise, it looks like a typical general release Jordan that shouldn't cause much ruckus. I personally like the change to the blue midsole for the 2012 release. I do however understand the historical value of MJ's legacy and olympic accomplishments to for that much respect.
Glad the toe area on mine aren't yellowing. Despite the midsole mess up, I'm still gonna cop the re-release because the 2000 kicks will eventually fall apart.
Hope everyone is thinking like you. That way I dont have to stand in line for 3 fucking days for these. These go hard!!L Leather looks like butta.
lol why is this on sneaker news. there were 20 pairs of these on eBay a month ago. Heck, my pair was up on eBay and it was DS too.
Am I missing something? Y ppl so crazy about these? Look plain to me. Might skip these to cop the 6 & 7 Gold Medal pack.
dude i so agree shit sucks for this who actually have fans or jobs or work grave shifts if you don't get them in the am when the stores open might as well take that l and mess with re sellers or flight club smh
Ina perfect world they would but that also means they will increase price of the shoe since production cost will have to go up. I mean at the price that I have to pay for jays from mom and pop stores I minus will
YEAH I JUST COPPED A PAIR FOR $225. NOT COPPIN' WHEN THE NEW ONES COME OUT. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE GETTING THESE IN JULY.
THIS IS THE 2000 release not the 2012 buddy, but hopefully they'll change it back looking morelike this.
@ignorance even though these are on ebay all the time of course they gotta make an article! how else would they hype it up by telling a story on "how rare they are" lmao...disgusting...SMH and how else would they get the hype beast, resellers and 15-20yr old wannabe sneakerheads out? just how they like it since SN can NEVER keep there site original by posting up their own ideas like others do..smh...why else are they also posting up how much they are on ebay? lmao...its terrible other sites are nothing like this SN are just jbs hype men i swear...they dont give up on the hype...#kill the hype..
yea, it's the stupid kids nowadays, they talk all this crap about having nike air on the back of sneakers yet this one doesn't have nike air and never has yet they love it cause it's something from the past. basically the sneaker culture is anything in the present is garbage but when years go by it's a classic. even if jb did come back with nike air which they won't, these stupid kids will find something to complain about. thank goodness the real world ain't like the sneaker world, hmmm i'm going to spend 100,000 on a car i don't like and i don't like the logo on it and bla bla bla but i'm going to still buy it. losers that have too much time on their hands with paying attention to stupid crap
Ray Allen wore these in the 2000 Olympics. They were pretty limited at the time i remember them releasing on a Wednsday back when i was in 10th grade. It's just laid back and gets the point across nothing stupid or flashy with a corny nickname like today's shoes.