August 18, 2012 BY John Kim / 55 c
We’re certain you caught it already, but the upcoming Air Jordan IX ‘Photo Blue’ release has unfolded in an unusual manner. When we first saw the shoe, it featured a solid white outsole, but only recently, when full detailed images of the shoe began to surface, the ‘Photo Blue’ was suddenly sitting on a solid black base. Was the white version perhaps a kids-only release, or even a completely different sneaker? Turns out both shoes aren’t two distinct sneakers, but are actually intended to be one sole release; a major error at the Jordan Brand factory in China produced the shoe with a black outsole, and the production number of the incorrect black-outsole version – roughly 10,000 pairs – is a pill too big to swallow.
Simply trashing the shoes would be rather wasteful in terms of money spent and potential earnings lost, and it appears that Jordan Brand will move forward with the white-outsole version with the given style-code of 302370-007. Obviously a few questions remain: What will Jordan Brand do with this mass surplus of Air Jordan IXs? Will they be a straight-to-the-outlet release like the Air Jordan 1 ‘Banned’ and suddenly become high in demand for this unique blunder, or will Jordan Brand shelve them and re-release at another point in the future? Most importantly, which version do you, the consumer, like better? We need your opinions so get the discussion going below.
Air Jordan IX
In my opinion they need to change the color of the midsole too. At first glimpse it was okay but after looking for a while it's not appealing anymore.
i honestly like the black better but overall the shoe is garbage. i can't help but think i seen these boot legged years ago lol, but i can't help but think the black ones will release and be a resellers dream.
Both shoes are butt-cheeks. I wouldnt cop on clearance. The contrast stitching really makes them look like mohammed level fakes and the colorway is shall we say? TURRIBLE?
I honestly think they should donate those 10,000 pairs that they aren't gonna use instead of trying to get more money off the public. Only makes sense to me
lots of ppl fena hate on this but i think itd be tight if they cleared the sole and calledem space jams
With the white outsole This 9 resembles the "Citrus" colorway TOO much. So i would pick the black over the white! But i have to admiit the black outsole makes it look kinda generic looking
The black sole looks better but if this was a mistake it's just another example of how bad quality control is with JB these days.
I like them with the white sole better. Too much makes the shoe looking ugly, at least in my opinion.
I don't think its a mistake at all like they're trying to make us believe. I mean a couple would be a mistake. But 10 thousand? Cmon. Just something else to build hype around. I mean the black soles are gonna cause a frenzy because we all kno how limited they are.
If I may be so bold as to stir the pot, jb loses 10k sneakers. The cost of production [labor and materials] is so minute compared to the cost at POS. By to big a pill to swallow, you mean an infant child that doesn't want his cough syrup. No big deal IMO, unless the man at the top is THAT hard up for money. This mistake in "quality" of the shoes should be minor compared to the crime of the recent "price:quality" ratio within the brand.
And for a slightly better comment, I think the white sole fits better with the blue; gives it a space jam familiarity to it. But nothing gruesome with the black sole.
every retro release is a major manufacturer error for JB with the shittty quality they put out.....
come on mannnnn...
Most likley, I would prefer the White outsole version cause it looks better in my opinion. So JB should stick with the white outsole version instead. I still look forward to getting these.
i can see the black pair being a collectors dream. i like both anyway. if i can get a black pair i will get it
You do know why the XI Space Jams are called that right? Not because of the colorway but because of the movie they were worn in
@Darrell_NC they know people gona go crazy when they hit the shelves but understad is a big world 4 10000..yeezys 2 only 50000 made they were limited imagen 10 that 1.6million we talking bout.. u know they re-released wit black sole 2 much butter 2 destroy...
@Darrell_NC like you just said... 10 thousand, not that limited. if they did this on purpose prob be more like 500-1,000
@newsouth912 i'd imagine he knows that. were space jam sb dunks worn in the movie too? c'mon
@TheKid More like 1-100, LOL
He didn't say space jam inspired or space jam motorway. He clearly said space jams. And you'd be amazed by how many so called sneakerheads don't know why they're called Space Jams without even having to say the XIs