Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
20 | AIR JORDAN X “CHICAGO”
For every storybook moment in Michael Jordan’s illustrious career, a breathtaking subplot exists with a classic Air Jordan model at center. By now, most of these amazing stories have been successfully retold in the form of the retro sneaker release with some of these iconic Jays getting a “re-run“ of sorts. Through 2011, every original Chicago Bulls-era Air Jordan that Michael ever laced up in a game had returned to store shelves – with the glaring exception of the Air Jordan X. Jordan Brand hasn’t been shy about re-issuing the first line of Bulls-colored Air Jordans, but the “Chicago” X held onto the rare distinction of being the last of a diminishing breed of un-touched originals. This past January, that title no longer applied once the Chicago X hit stores in what amounted to be one of the most long-awaited retro releases in Air Jordan history.
So what exactly is the story behind this legendary shoe? Well, consider the fact that Tinker Hatfield designed the Air Jordan X with Michael’s post-career era in mind. With the possibility of Michael never playing the game ever again, an emphasis was placed on honoring Michael’s achievements and legacy – a career retrospective in sneaker form, listed all across the outsole of the shoe. Despite enjoying his time away from the NBA as a minor-league baseball player, the desire for basketball competition was an internal fire
that Michael would never be able to extinguish and in March of 1995, he made the shocking announcement of his intent to return to the NBA. One day later, he was inserted into the starting line-up against the Indiana Pacers, wearing the Air Jordan X ‘Chicago’ on his feet – a moment soon immortalized by Sports Illustrated with the legendary ‘I‘m Back‘ magazine cover.
While the return of this original Air Jordan colorway was long overdue and widely celebrated, this January release wasn’t a true bring-back of an original, as a few notable details were changed with the 2012 issue. The inner lining was no longer a solid red and instead came with the checkerboard print, the heel Jumpman logo was now red instead of black, and the tongue now featured an Air Jordan debossed logo. Despite those discrepancies, the heavy anticipation for the release didn’t let up a bit, and additional Air Jordan X releases that followed in the ‘Old Royal’ and ‘Stealth’ picked up where the ‘Chicago’ left off, as the under-appreciated model got some rare retro love throughout the first half of the year. While the story of the Air Jordan X is one that isn’t often told, the decision to finally revisit this milestone event in Michael’s career was an undisputed highlight in Jordan Brand’s massive line-up of 2012 Retro releases.
i think the paranormans and the what the kobe should have been in the top ten but other than that this is a dog ass list
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avapkicks speaks blasphemy. Questions, Answers, any of the Pump series. I know this is only your opinion but damn.
I also feel some sort of way that the best release of a signature shoe all year wasn't featured by itself. The KD IV! I dislike every other KD except this one, including the KD V. These were incredibly made, had GORGEOUS colorways, and are the only low top basketball shoes I will ever hoop in because the fit and feel is INCREDIBLE. I can't see how the "Aunt Pearls" or "Gold Medals" weren't on this list representing in their own right! Besides ridiculously limited quantities, and thus leading to huge hype; I don't see how these wouldn't have made a top 15 list let alone a top 30. But hey, that's just my opinion.
Honestly my #1 release of the year was the "Paranorman" Foam. I have copped every limited release and general release foam since 97, and these are the only ones I haven't retrieved; and honestly, it's the one time I didn't feel cheated by either the company (Nike) or retailers as to why I didn't get a release of a particular shoe. It seemed to be an honest and fair raffle on twitter, that gave that patron an extremely well deserved prize for sharing a picture that directly linked to the theme of the product. I submitted plenty of "weird" childhood pics, but understanding that I might not be 1 of the 800 "weirdest" children captured in the world helped settle my disappointment. I haven't even mentioned the craft and beauty of the shoe itself. Next to the galaxy and metallic red it would be my 3rd favorite foamposite. The release was genuine, the theme and idea was genuine and the shoe was simply AMAZING! My favorite sneaker was the galaxy (My favorite sneakers have been foams since they released so I'm extremely bias), but the amount of BS i had to go through and amount of money I had to pay to purchase one pair to actually rock was ridiculous, even though I was and always am willing to do all sorts of waiting, and hours of lines to purchase releases. The paranormans were all positives about a sneaker and it's release, in a world where the "sneaker game" has taken a turn for the worse. It was a huge breath of fresh air on a very recently SUPER HYPED model of sneaker that ranks #1 all time in my opinion.
Personally i think the foamposite galaxies was the best shoe of 2012 not a huge fan of the yeezys anyway
Amazing pictures that showed off of the little nuances that made each shoe special. Overall this was a good list but I would not have included the Lebron X. That shoe still hasn't found its must have colorway. I can't wait until they announce the Black Friday and Christmas Jordan retros.
For real here. Not brand new but a lil shiny to sneaker blog, release thing. Is there any place like Hanon shop. On line or in our country? Why they do all those great New Balance colorways?
Stussy shoe is diffrent. But just in case they gotta slap New York on the back. No hater here I'm a fan of Supreme but enough New York. U dont rule the shoe world. Maybe it's Orgon?
i feel the PARANORMANS was a better FOAM than the GALAXY foams. that slime green on the bottom is better than the galaxys. the green slime smoke screen on the side is dope i mean, the galaxy was dope but i feel the PARANORMANS are better
@AljosaCikojevic galaxy foams are just as hyped homie
and too simple minded to grasp anything of good quality. Award for retros goes to Reebok for 2013, as of quality
u prob only buy retro jordans, soooo coooool. be like everybody else, nike is mind fucking u
You crazy, you not a real sneaker head if you think reebok dont make good shoes@avapkicks
@xavier987654321 its a few out there but their stock wont b that vast and the price will b super high
@Tuddy306 You should go back and start over (Kindergarten, first grade, etc.).
@Qubayza ur so right. Slap in the face. These company's think they can re-release crap and cause a craze. They're prob right. I'm sitn in a little row home w/ 18 yrs left til I own it. Has nuthn to do wit bein a knick fan, when I was a young buck I laughed that shoe. Rember bobo's.well they're back in blue and orange
@Qubayza Your entitled to your own opinion, but must not be from NY or if you did you must have lived under a rock back then. When the Ewings dropped EVERYONE under 25 had them back in the 90's. No internet ,no hype machine... just hard core Knickerbocker fans.
@IgotthatFIRE @Qubayza you are correct about that! i had the ewings back in the day and they was the joints to have in NYC! and that buzz came off of seeing people with them, not like how sneaks now a days are constantly pushed by the companies themselves! but to say ewings are trash you are seriously a rookie in this game