February 21, 2012 BY John Kim / 151
The Air Jordan ‘Pack’ was a concept first introduced in 2006, but later became a staple of Air Jordan releases largely in part due to the monthly ‘Collezione’ releases of 2008. Followed by the ‘Raging Bull’ in 2009 and the ‘Infrared Pack’ of 2010, it appeared that a two-set of Air Jordans became an annual tradition of sorts, until no such release happened in 2011. So, rumors of an ‘Gold Medal Pack’ for this Summer/Fall was taken with a grain of salt, until solid confirmation was slowly revealed through product catalog scans and so forth, but today we have an actual look at the ‘Gold Medal Pack’ of the Air Jordan VI and Air Jordan VII, slated to hit around the time of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
The Metallic Gold detailing may draw hints to the original Defining Moments Pack of 2006, but this particular concept alludes to two Olympic Moments for Michael Jordan, who wore the Air Jordan VII as part of the ’92 Dream Team, and the Air Jordan VI, worn by Ray Allen in the 2000 Games. The Air Jordan VI featured a tonal black upper with white and gold detailing along the midsole, tongue, inner lining, and Jumpman, while the Air Jordan VI uses a full white upper with golden accents and a red Jumpman. The first look at the Air Jordan VI ‘Gold Medal’ also reveals that the photoshop renderings that have circulation around the net are rather inaccurate. For those well-versed in Air Jordan samples, the Air Jordan VI ‘Gold Medal’ is also very similar to a sample of the Air Jordan VI ‘DMP’, which was produced in a white upper much like these. Check out the extra shots below and stick with Sneaker News for more updates on this groundbreaking release, and let us know if this Pack is a must-have for you. via neighborbeast/sneakertube
Air Jordan 6/7 ‘Gold Medal’ Pack
Still unsure, wanna see official pictures before i decide whether to buy or not .. Fire Red IV's are a must though!
6s insane 7s not so much....they look like something someone would be selling out the trunk of their car
Fuck is on them 7s sheepskin leather? Regardless the pack is hot overall. But I know all you re-sale dickheads & hypebeasts will fuck it up somehow. Everybody wants to be a sneakerhead nowadays stay in your lanes & stick with your pradas & airmaxes you fake fuckboys.
Just being honest i don't like that 15-20 year old hypebeast comment yes it's true 98 percent of them ate hypebeast but I'm 19 and I just got a real job last year so before that I wasn't able to buy all the sneakers I wanted and like but I know everything about kicks I know all the history so I told myself when I got money I was gonna get the kicks I always wanted from a while until present and that's what I'm doing as of now just voicing my opinion but I do get where y'all older sneakerheads ate coming from the hype is outrageous now a days
These are plain as hell. Anyone that buys these are just buying them because they know that they're considered "exclusive" or they're buying them to say that they have them; which equals out to HYPE. Regardless of what anyone says. These aren't even original colorways that actually were worn by Michael Jordan!! So to me, these have no relevance. Plus, they're ugly as f**k on top of it all. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. JB won't be getting my hard earned money. P.S. I'm 20 years old and I'm a FEMALE & I know alot more about sneakers than 99.0% of grown men in my city. Every 15-20 year old is NOT a hypebeast.
MUST HAVE.!!!!!!! Really not hypin i been waitin on another package.... dese i gotta have... I NEED HELP DOE WIT MY COLLECTION YALL.... I need help deciding on a pair of 7s never bought a pair cuz when i tried da ugly ass 2010 cardinals on dey were big af in my size.... I need someone hu loves 7s to recommend me a decent pair of 7s. and the size comparison i wear a 7 1/2. same thing on da 18s
LOL if you were born after 93 get the f outta here.. all these new jordan heads are freakin kids using mommy and daddy's money.. and you wonder why kids get jumped for their kicks.. and by who? by other kids.. coz all lil kid i mean HYPEBEASTS are cocky wannabe skinny jean wearing losers.. more than half you niggas cant even ball so dont even say "I copped em coz i wanna be like mike".. stick to your new kids on the block NBA players like KD
LOL if you were born after 93 get the f outta here.. all these new jordan heads are freakin kids using mommy and daddy's money.. and you wonder why kids get jumped for their kicks.. and by who? by other kids.. coz all lil kid i mean HYPEBEASTS are cocky wannabe skinny jean wearing losers.. more than half you niggas cant even ball so dont even say "I copped em coz i wanna be like mike".. stick to your new kids on the block NBA players like KD, Lebron, Melo and Wade.. we 80s born people cant even comprehend how the hell you gonna rock shit that wasnt made in your era.. shit.. if it was made u were still suckin on ur mom's milkers
Agreed cuz I kinda came back into the game but damn; some of you young cats be fuckin da game up. Really who's that pressed to camp out for a sneaker,hurt others trying to get it,or wait in crazy long lines. I'm glad I'm not part of this new generation immean damn must all of yawl rock the same foams, J's looking sweet wearing or looking like nerds in ya skinnyz get real have some diversity.
can't wait I've been waiting for an actual picture since the sketch came out but the 7's are not how I expected them to be. I'ma cop
hate that my fit for these two shoes are different. definite cop though, i don't see a problem with the 7s at all.
Check this out sneakerheadz, young and old alike: Back in the 90s, there was very little of this so-called "hype". J's still sold out but there weren't any crazy lines like you see today, there wasn't a one-pair limit, sneaker websites and the Internet didn't exist, and you had to develop your connects the old-fashioned way. I was a college student in the 90s. I bought multiple pairs in order to re-sell for $250+ while keeping a couple for myself. I was a collector AND a re-seller. I collected because I appreciated MICHAEL JORDAN and I rocked Jordans ON THE BASKETBALL COURT. Nobody hated on me for re-selling. In fact, people APPRECIATED it because I HELPED MY CUSTOMERS get the shoe they couldn't get. Haters are gonna hate. The solution? GET YOUR MONEY RIGHT so you won't be trippin' over payin' an extra $50-75. Yes, the sneaker culture has changed TENFOLD since the 90s. But as an old timer, I'm lovin' it because I now have an opportunity to cop J's I couldn't cop as a youngster. And to the younger generation, I just have one thing to say to y'all: I don't care if you've never saw Michael Jordan play a single game. I don't care if you don't even know what MJ has done. JUST WEAR YOUR J's. Because the ESSENCE of a TRUE SNEAKERHEAD is someone who ROCKS THEIR J's IN ORDER TO BREAK NECKS, not someone who can claim they got a huge collection. That's how it was in the old days. Word.
Why complain about resellers. Releases r different in different parts of the country. If ur a real sneaker head u got some kind of connect where u don't have to wait in line or camp out. If people want something bad enough and can't get it, they will spend extra to own it. So capitalize on it if u can. Cop an extra pair or two n flip your money. Anyways I like the pack. Vi's are clean. Vii's r smooth.
yo news flash, money don't just come easier when you're 20+. we still gotta work hard to earn it, our dollar is just as hard earned as yours. so just because we have the ability to drop the extra dough because we are a bit more financially stable, it doesn't mean we should need to. i think most of the older heads ain't mad at kids getting into the game, they mad at those who are getting into the RESELLING BUSINESS (kids and adults alike) you think we should just pay extra because we can? that's exactly what the resellers think as they exploit our passion for a quick profit
Bottom line, you did it to make extra bucks. Don't act like you were doing others a noble favor. The essence of true being a true sneakerhead isn't to 'break necks' - it's to wear a shoe you enjoy. That's it. You consume yourself in a hobby or expertise because YOU enjoy it. Another person's opinion of it should not matter, even the slightest bit. Back then, Nike wasn't the only player in the game. Reebok, Asics, adidas, Puma, ellesse, Fila, Saucony, British Knights, LA Gear, Converse, Vans, Airwalk, eS, New Balance, Ewing...there were so many brands to choose from and each brand had something GREAT to offer. That's what I miss about the sneaker game; I couldn't care less about how hyped and Air Jordan Retro is or how kids camp out and resell - I care about how bland the brand selection has gotten. Some may hate on Ronnie Fieg about how 'hyped' his collabs are. While I do think they're overrated, I can't overlook the fact that he helped bring some major attention to a footwear brand that was dying on its last breath on U.S. soil just a few years ago.
I like how you tell it like it is. Im only 26 now, about to be 27, but i remember it wasn't like this in the 90's. All jordan retro's used to be like $110-$120 minus the 13's and the 14's that dropped in the late 90's that were like $150, but all the other really old school retro's werent $160 by default like they are now. I think the escalation in price is a little ridiculous but in the same measure I think it is fitting because its like giving condolences and respects to the oG's and the brand itself by ensuring that if you're really interested in this item, you will pay the toll. I dont think retro's should be retro'd multiple times in the same color in a very short duration of years for the original retail price they were at of $100 or $110 back in the say is what im saying. To retail them for $110 is like putting their value alongside some shoe's of lesser importance without nearly as much style and history.
I have to agree. 1) "F Wannabes" is already an antagonistic username, so you're gonna get some hate right off. But he makes good points ... just doesn't relay it right without coming off as an aggressive attacker. 2) Yes, they're are some ole heads on this blog. Mostly it's kids, let's be real here. But that doesn't mean they don't know less about the sneaker 'game'. You don't have to know all the ins and outs of a sneaker to love them, you know. But what I will say, is that I can't stand all the loser kids that resell sneakers and 'camp' for days on end like the XX3 Titaniums or the XX3 Chicagos or What the Dunks or Pigeons for a week straight ONLY for resell because they have no life or a job. Now, we're seeing it with foam galaxys. If you love a sneaker and going to keep it, man you get the upmost love and respect. But doing that shit just for resell purposes is really screwing up the sneaker world for EVERYONE. That's what fucking irritates me to no end. Now every sneaker is $200+. Sucks. Absolutely sucks. 3) Speaking more of screwups to the sneakergame, it's the damn internet more than anything. Before, it was just seeing an athlete rock a pair of kicks and getting a release date to wait at the store just prior to opening. Now, it's information to the masses. Steve Jobs said this, "People don't know what they want, unless you show it to them." How damn brilliant is that?!? Now, we being more materialistic as ever, spend all our cash on sneakers, clothes, music, and more junk we don't 'need.' No stocks, or IRAs or down-payments on houses. What do you think Obama was talking about this whole time, folks?!? 4) Back to F Wannabes ... rappers were rocking Js back then, too. It's no different. Nas even rapped about them. The only difference that I might see is that sneaker companies GIVE the shoes to rappers / celebrities for FREE! to influence the younger generation. Look at 'Beats' headphones. No different. WE THE PEOPLE pay these companies pockets. Nike, Beats, or any other company. Those companies just 'use' the spokespeople as a springboard for the product lines to get noticed. And guess what, it works. I don't apologize for my book or the inevitable 'Cool Story, bro' juvenille replies that will come. I'm dropping knowledge to people who don't think about why things are the way they are. Maybe someone will be creative, motivated, and make some changes. Maybe not. At any point, at least the other dudes that I'm replying to will hear me out. Seriously, this shit's out of hand and something has to be done. I don't have an answer, but I'm hoping someone will--sooner rather than later.
Yes I did it to make a few extra bucks to pay for books, food, alcohol, weed, etc in college but don't come in here acting like you know how I felt every time I sold a pair of OG 11s or OG 12s to a willing buyer. Do you know the feeling of what it's like to hear someone say, "Thanks a lot man. I was dyin' to have these! I don't know where else I could've gotten em!" It may not be a "noble favor" in your book but it certainly is in mine. And yes, the essence of being a true sneakerhead is TO ROCK THE KICKS YOU LOVE NOT STOCK EM. And the "breakin' necks" part is simply icing on the cake. Don't hate the playa hate the game, ya dig! If you were around rockin' J's back when I rocked OG's, you'd know that the feeling you got when people would stare at your kicks was PRICELESS. It's no longer like that today is it? With all the saturation and ubiquity in the market, it just ain't the same when it comes to breakin' necks! The old days were when the "sneakerhead" term was re-defined. It was the Air Jordan shoe that changed everything. I thought you knew! Back then, Nike may not have been the only player in the game but it was the Air Jordan Brand that sold out way more than others. The brands you brought up were all great brands - just like T&C was a very popular apparel brand - and I had my share of Filas (OG Grant Hills), New Balance (OG James Worthy's), Converse (OG Magic Triple Double), LA Gear, BK's, Asics, Diadora, K-Swiss, etc as well but nobody did it like Nike. Yes I agree, today's brands are so bland now that all of these apparel and shoe companies always find a way to "sample" something out of the old just like they do in the music industry. Word.
As much as we wish today's retros should be priced at $110-120, it just can't happen. It's simple economics. Manufacturing and production costs increase and so does the cost of labor and export. Therefore, prices have to go up. And as long as there is a strong demand for the product, prices will never go back down. NIke and JB are doing exactly what they need to be doing. And the fact that they're retro'ing all the OG's plus new colorways ever so often makes the demand go up. The goal of Michael Jordan and Tinker Hatfield in 1985 was to create a product that was not only revolutionary in style, performance, and technology, but one that would transcend culture and generation. It has done just that.
Sigh. I don't frown upon resellers. Never said I did. This is the final time I will express myself regarding the matter - my point was that reselling is reselling, a quick way to make a buck off of someone else. You're acting like you did these people a service when you took advantage of their willingness to drop more money instead of leaving them on store shelves and letting the public cop as they pleased. Whatever money that was handed over to you was done so begrudgingly. Don't accuse me of trying to act high and mighty when you're here regurgitating the obvious and passing it off as profound knowledge. There were no outlets for release dates and such back then and everything was word of mouth or whatever you saw in stores. Slam Magazine? Who wasn't up on that back then? How about Beckett Basketball before that? Eastbay catalogs? Reselling is has been a regular part of the game now and that's something we all have to accept. But just because it's common practice doesn't make it any less of what it really is. My opinion is my opinion and if you want to take offense, that's not my problem. I was never a hater and never will be - but if you want so badly to add me to your list of 'haters', go ahead and validate yourself. It's the most juvenile word in the book.
"but in the end, I wore 'em because I loved 'em" LOL...you act like I didn't do the same. You ever put a pair of OG's on LAYAWAY? Well I did. Several times. Because I loved the shoes and had to have em. Did you subscribe to SLAM Magazine back in '94 (the ONLY publication that ever published released dates, pics of kicks, reviews, etc when there was no internet)? Well I did. Because I loved basketball and sneaker culture. Back in 1990, tell me John K, how did sneakerheadz find out about release dates when the only way to preview a pair of Jordans was to watch Michael on the court or see a Spike Lee commercial? I can already tell you frown upon re-sellers. You wanna cop a pair of OG Aqua 8s?
Hahaha...."robbing from the rich and giving to the poor" lol...you obviously didn't get my point. Like I said, if you were around you'd know the feeling. Your response proved that in fact you weren't around in the 90s re-selling Jordans. So why you hatin' brotha? lol Bottom Line: I had my money right to be able to cop 5 pairs of a certain colorway. I charged a little extra and sold em aftermarket. And people who bought from me weren't complaining. And how do you know I was selling to the "poor"? People who bought from me had the extra cash to splurge and didn't mind it, just like they do today. You're mentality is ATYPICAL of every hater that's out there hatin on resellers today. This is CAPITALISM. First come first serve. Like I said, haters gon' hate. And you smell like one from a mile away. Don't act like you're above everyone else here brotha just because you make $20 an article writing for SN. What you're doin' now, I did 15 years ago. And I owned a sneaker store. WORD.
'If you were around rockin' J's back when I rocked OG's," I was. Yes, we all showed off our sneakers when we went to school and such, but in the end, I wore 'em because I loved 'em. You have your own opinions about re-selling, but don't act like you're robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.