June 19, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 19
2008’s Air Jordan flagship release had special significance as it marked the series 23rd anniversary. The Air Jordan XX3 was accordingly packed full of detail in tribute to Michael Jordan’s unmatched legacy, but the shoe itself, a Zoom-cushioned performance model weighing in at a relatively light 15 oz, was arguably underappreciated at the time of its debut (though you’ll find resale prices have reached new heights on the ‘Titanium’ and ‘Finale’ colorways). Would the initial reception (and subsequent after market valuation) have been stronger if we remembered the Air Jordan XX3 as looking like the sample design pictured above?
This Air Jordan 23 prototype features the same basic silhouette as the released model, but a few key elements make these significantly different, not the least of which is the diamond-perforated suede upper. This more traditional if plain side panel replaces the ornate embroidery that typifies the XX3 with a macro view of one of its patterns embossed on the lateral ankles. A bit further back, you’ll see more letters within a notch on its heel as ‘PE’ embroidery suggests this might have been a Bulls player exclusive mockup. A host of other details separate these from the released version, so click through to see more of the Podulon-tractioned ever-so-slightly translucent sole, totally novel lace loops and rubberized woodgrain mudguard, let us know how it compares to the ‘real’ Air Jordan XX3 and stick with Sneaker News for more rare Air Jordan samples. via Kenlu
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Dear NIKE... You guys need to STOP with all the BS. Do you know who Michael Jordan is and what he has brought to the game of basketball. There would be no JAMES...WADE...CARMELO...ROSE...DURANT...GRIFFEN...ect. You as a company wouldn't even give it a second thought to make a shoe for any of these players if it weren't for a Legend like himself. How could you give all these fabrication, textiles, technics ,and special craftsmanship to all of these new models ,but give it careless thoughts on a shoe that REAL O'G's grew up on!!! WE DEMAND A SHOE CREATED THAT'S WORTH THE MONEY YOU KEEP ROBBING US OF WITHOUT A PISTOL. Treat this 23rd shoe like it was the last to ever be made. Give the people , consumers , sneakerheads & collectors the shoe that we have ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. NOW IS THE TIME TO PULL OUT THE BIG GUNS AND MANUFACTURE ENOUGH IN PRODUCTION WERE EVERYBODY CAN GET A PAIR. Keep his NAME, LOGO, #23, AND SYMBOL A ICON TO REMEMBER FOR YEARS TO COME...not a DOLLAR $IGN!!! Sincerely A True Jordan Fan Since Day One
yall is trippin the pic of the toe looks better than all them 23s....just sayn ......this shoe is dope
Looks alright....but suede material may rip apart easily... Should be re-inforced better throughout suede area.
wtf this aint nike.com who do you think from nike is gonna read this, why are you writing us a book?
i think the 2009 were clean. then the rest sucked. 2010 was the worst shoe ive seen in my life to date. and i was born in 84