April 19, 2012 BY John Kim / 53
This holiday season, sneakerheads will get to re-live one of the most interesting time periods of Michael Jordan’s career – his first retirement. The world of sports was completely shellshocked when Jordan made the announcement to step away from the game after winning his third straight title, but Nike and the Jumpman managed to spin the story into an entertaining story arc by introducing the fictional Johnny Kilroy, who was believed to be Michael Jordan in disguise. This October, Jordan Brand will “personify” Kilroy with the Retro colorway of the Air Jordan IX in a Black/Metallic Platinum-Gym Red colorway. We have a first clear look at this above courtesy of TSG, so be sure to let us know your thoughts on this upcoming release after you take a look.
Air Jordan IX ‘Johnny Kilroy’
Black/Metallic Platinum-Gym Red
Filed under: Just Released
what's crazy is if this CW is announced as a QS, everyone will say must cop. i need to see a better, in-focus picture of the metallic platinum upper and how it works together with the midsole paint color, but it doesn't look like a bad IX.
They could've done WAAYY better to represent my man Johnny Kilroy....easy pass *and I dnt care how many thumbs down yall give me, its my opinion...they're wack, stop the hype.
I really like this colorway, but seeing them in person will determine if they are as clean as they look here.
I was really hopeing that they were gonna blow this sneaker out the water, and really kill it. Because the Johnny kilroy story is on of the best Jordan storys or commercials that were made imo. but looks like they kinda failed with the sneaker. All I can hope for now is a dope box, card, or hangtag...lol
shoes look better then i first thought. With that said will need better pics to decide if im gonna cop or not.
looks like the raptors might actually be black instead of charcoal. nice!!!! people passing on the kilroys will be sick in a year or two. i definitely will not be making that mistake.
Want these just for the memories of those commercials. Those were the days, man... When Jordan actually had to do marketing to get sales. Now JB pride themselves on spending 0 dollars on marketing retros (true story), because all you dumba s s e s spend your whole months pay on every drop.
heres a hint at who "johnny kilroy" is. you ready? He is the greatest basketball player to ever live! yeeeep, Michael Jordan used the alias johnny kilroy to check into hotels etc to maintain a low profile when in public and used that name. Its also a piece of Nike's genius marketing brain of michael jordan disguised as a d-league basketball player
I might be in the minority, but I think this is a nice little color flip. Almost makes me wanna wait till these drop.
I can't really tell cause the focus is a little off on the potato this picture was taken with.. What is that, black on white with a couple red hits?? Snooze Bar
might be a whack question but honestly who is johnny kilroy? idk if its something i should know as a sneaker head but I'm lost. please explain
it's just the picture, look at the ankle zone you can see a difference in color I wouldn't get my hopes up
they ok, nothing to be hyped up about, kind of reminds me of them spizikes that dropped a while back
and i hope those raptors in the background official releases and not samples because they look real close to the 02 joints. I can't wait, can't wait (sleepy brown voice)
yes, but they look better than the first picture's! but still i would go with olive's or cool grey's
yo big infinite i asked a valid question. I'm 19 years old i wasn't in my prime during mms career i was 3 years old bruhh. I'm not over the night sneaker head either. I'm sorry i didn't know something and that I'm a hype beast but i had never heard of johnny kilroy. i appreciate everyone explaining it though but there is no need to be a ass about it man.
Dude, u could of simply google "johnny kilroy in reference to michael jordan"... my son is 12 & he even knows who johnny kilroy is & hes neva seen or rememberin seein mj play. Even fa da wizards... so it was easy as doin sum research