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On The Fence: Air Jordan XIV – White – Varsity Red – Black

March 5, 2012 BY / 53

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The last few major releases experienced immediate wipe-outs of stock, with online stores crashing and intense situations going down at in-store releases. However, not all sneaker releases are projected to cause that sort of mayhem; in fact, some of them require a deep amount of thought that irritatingly results in a stalemate of indecision. Decide to pass? You might regret. Decide to cop? Suddenly you’re second guessing yourself. Sneaker News kicks off its ‘On The Fence’ discussion, where we place a spotlight on an upcoming sneaker release that is subject to this mental debate for some, giving you the opportunity to voice your opinions and hear out your fellow sneakerheads on the matter. First up? The White/Varsity Red-Black Air Jordan XIV, releasing this Saturday, March 10th – a clean, classic OG Air Jordan colorway, but a shoe that will likely fall short in the star power department when it comes to inciting campouts and any kind of release day chaos.

A little history on the White/Red Air Jordan XIV; it is indeed an original Air Jordan colorway, releasing in 1999 after Michael officially announced his retirement from the NBA (or, just the Bulls). He never wore them during a game, as the Air Jordan XIV as a whole only saw action for 1.5 games when Michael broke ‘em out for the second half of Game 5 and wore them throughout Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, immortalizing the Black/Red colorway as the ‘Last Shot’ after sinking the game-winner with the game winding down. So, there certainly is enough history behind the sneaker – being an OG as well as a true Bulls colorway – but in today’s age where there are just so many tempting releases to consider, sometimes it takes a little more to get you to crack your wallet open, and that much is evident in the fact that December’s ‘Last Shot’ release wasn’t exactly a blockbuster hit and that the ‘Light Graphite’ is still available at certain retailers. It’s an interesting debate for sure, so let us know what thoughts are swirling around in your head and vote in the poll at the very bottom. If you’ve already made up your mind on the ‘copping’ side of the fence, there are some pairs available early right now on eBay.

Air Jordan XIV Retro
White/Varsity Red-Black
487471-101
03/10/12
$160

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53 comments
reggie
reggie

i still got mine from few yrs back and the o.gs so this is a pass but these are clean looking and a classic to be real, if my eyes wasnt on the 6s bred 4s and holiday 12 heat id cop for sure but then again i work in a sneakerstore so maybe i could stash these away for myself tomm, lol

Paul Jones
Paul Jones

My first ever Jordans back in '99. Wore them and played the to death. Can't wait to get 'em again.

2LIVESHOES
2LIVESHOES

THEY RELEASED THESE WAY TO SOON. WHEN ARE THEY RELEASING OTHER SHOES LIKE AJ 17,18,19 AND 20S THEY ARE NOT BAD

@DA_CLEAR_SOLE
@DA_CLEAR_SOLE

#AJ14 ARE ALWAYZ #N1C3LOOKING...BUT I GOTTA PASS FOR NOW..IM TRYING 2 KOPP OTHER HEATERZ..

tmitch412
tmitch412

There will be a line of damn re-sellers for every J release for the forseeable future.

iceBoogie
iceBoogie

i will wait until they go on sale...to much heat coming out to pay fill price for these...

Omar
Omar

I got mine on hold already, no worries. In like October when the news came out about these I already had my mind made up back then that I would get these. March is almost like a "break" month beacuse not too many releases are a must. People saving up for the foams or the 10s near the end of the month but I could care less I'm focused on these 14s and then relaxing till the 12s drop.

Dre
Dre

2nd time sneakernews doesnt post my message here in germany they are still available in all sizes. no hype. still an ugly shoe.

dj zero 112
dj zero 112

Idk im still In the middel, I kinda want the playoffs a lil more but i still like these !!

Drest
Drest

One of the ugliest. Still available in all sizes in Germany. Definitely no Hype bout this one.

Denzell Da Carter
Denzell Da Carter

Im gone pass I had these when they drop when I was in the 7th grade and April that shoe is droping playoffs y I gotta wait till the 21 I want them on my feet in march for my bday

somewhiteguy
somewhiteguy

@dvsonemoreno....He wore these during game 5 and 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals...maybe re-think your decision

E-Double-E
E-Double-E

Cop first, ask questions later lol

dvsonemoreno
dvsonemoreno

I only by jordans models that he actually played in n that were wore during a games. All stat games n playoff versions being extra special for me. But I'm old n picky. For me being 31 years old I remember the last shots. But these white n red home versions are not a must buy.

ilovesneakz
ilovesneakz

nah, im cool...im passin on these...i didnt even like these back in the day when they first came out...and after coppin the deions DT2, the cement 4's n droppin $216 on my zoom rookie's this past saturday, I say im good on kicks til the raptor 7's drop...but heres why these shoes flopped this time around. 1.nobody really likes grey shoes. 2.why would u drop the last shots the same month the concords drop? EASILY OVERLOOKED..and I see they're already callin "on the fence" on these joints...overall the jordan 14's were never that hot of a shoe like the other 13 before them...but then again this is all just how I see it..

PooP
PooP

Favorite 14's with the forest greens

Kris C
Kris C

I'm passing...wanted them, but I want the playoff 12's more.

TRS
TRS

Loved them since they first came out in '99 when I was in high school..definite pick-up

bdogg
bdogg

passing..have the 2006 version in VNDS...no need to double up..if we get the rumored oxy..that is a whole different story..love my 2006...these are nice...no need to get a 2nd pair when heat is dropping in april!

PacMan
PacMan

These are in fact a QS(quickstrike). Leather on them is nice.

Marida903
Marida903

These are my dream Jordan shoes since I was a little kid. And I missed the previous retros of them. So I am getting them no matter what other people say about them, no matter it is GR or QS, no matter the quality is worse that OG, no matter the difference of the red, no matter what, these are mine and I am getting two pairs of them.

Kerry
Kerry

its not an 11 retro ,so all the hype beasts don't care. SAD considering this is a retro colorway.

Allan 85 baby!
Allan 85 baby!

Are these going be quickstrikes ??? Don't delete my message sneakernews

LRG
LRG

The 14's being the best jordans to ball in is just icing on the cake for these guys cuz these puppies are nothing short of flame.

shortymac
shortymac

still got my retro pair d ima pass

A-Boog
A-Boog

I wouldn't regret copping...they are still FIRE

Carlos Holguin
Carlos Holguin

I remember i had these in 7th grade but ima cop tho

HULKAMANIA
HULKAMANIA

I will be scooping these up! CLEAN

stan
stan

Love the shoes. I don't think they will sell super fast tho. If they do I will be kinda mad cuz that would mean thatthere is just way too much hype around jordan brand and copping any release that comes out will be a hassle and very annoying. At least give is one this year!

Paul Casey
Paul Casey

CCopped Saturday, easy desicion, wanted them since the if release but something was always against me, no ends, store not having my size, Nike town London only having the left shoe..... easy desicion, Copped as sion as they went live o. Nike store

Marko
Marko

I'm already broke at this point after copping so many sick releases this year. I'M DONE FOR THE MOMENT!!! Saving probably for the Olympic editions of KDIVs, LBJs & Kobes.

Big Hec
Big Hec

I still have mine from 05...still fresh...pass

gsxrjack
gsxrjack

I'm headed to Germany this year, are there Nike stores available near Kaiserslautern?

MC Gusto
MC Gusto

Uh, no he didn't. He wore the last shots in the playoffs. He never wore these buddy.

AJO
AJO

Finals against the Utah Jazz right? He had on the "Playoff" 13s.

hozezae
hozezae

Trust me these be gone quick, mainly by resllers. Of course the last shots didnt fully sellout until the concords were gone. Ppl wanted the last shots but pass due to the concords but this time these 14's will be gone and there quickstrike too

hozezae
hozezae

Sounds foolish, those 06's are gonna be yellowing or yellowing now son. Nothing is never wrong with a double up besides there 2 different years the 2012's will be way fresher due to being new

D.Johnson
D.Johnson

Yes 14s and 22s are by far the best performance Jordans, I still ball in the rest, but those two are just in a league of their own IMO

hozezae
hozezae

There a quickstrike these will sellout instantly. U better not wait

Fresh Alwayz
Fresh Alwayz

I second dat my dude,still got mines from 05 still look (F.A.H)!!! Fresh Az Hell!!!!1hunnit!!

MARIO THOMAS
MARIO THOMAS

I second dat my dude!!! 05 joint still Fresh As Hell(F.A.H)!!!

Scottie
Scottie

seen this dude rocking em...SICKNESS...LEMME TELL YOU...they pop out so perfect!! ULTRACOP!! beauty when you see em if you sleep your ganna regret thats it...

more jordans please
more jordans please

stop the b.s. please you see that white stiching on the closeups that sh*t looks like its glowing . i would cop if i wasnt paying court fees for probation



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