Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
16 | AIR JORDAN VI “OLYMPIC”
Flyknit was the most visible thing on your flat screen, but did any sneaker capture the essence of this summer’s Olympic spirit better than the Air Jordan VI? We enjoyed a nice variety of basketball bringbacks in the middle of the year, including Charles Barkley’s Air Force 180, Scottie Pippen’s Air Much Uptempo, and Vince Carter’s Shox BB4. Each of these styles has a memorable backstory of Olympic glory, but none of them seemed to compare to the July retro release that took us back not to 1992 or 1984, but rather, 2000 – a year when Michael Jordan was nowhere near the Olympic hardwood. It was during the XXVIIth Olympiad that year in Sydney, Australia that Ray Allen debuted that white and navy combo with red branding we’ve come to know and love as the ‘Olympic’ Air Jordan VI.
This model in which Mike won his first NBA Championship had been retired to make way for the VII by the time MJ and the original Dream Team took to the courts in Barcelona, which gave Jordan Brand the impetus for its latest two-pack in the Golden Moments Package that appeared earlier on this list. The Olympic VIs were more visible this summer than the GMPs thanks to wider availability and a more affordable price point, a fact that affirmed this design’s elite place among the non-OG Air Jordan canon. Jordan Brand’s ‘Road to the Gold’ pack provided Air Jordan 1s and the Super.Fly as preludes and the ‘Olympic’ Jordan VII worn by Mike in ’92 returned after a short hiatus, but after a dozen years of waiting, the first retro of the Olympic VI Retros stood apart as the pick of the litter from this year’s Summer Games themed JB releases.
The shoe was met with open arms by consumers when it released in early July, despite the fact that some purists were vexed by a subtle change in the midsole color-blocking of this year’s version. Over the years, most Air Jordan Retros have remained pretty true to the original blueprints (with the exception of Nike Air branding), but any time there are even the slightest of deviations, they are always met with controversy and public outcry. It still rarely prevents most detractors from picking up a pair anyway and maybe it’s even for the best. Those with such a keen eye for detail will instantly be able to use this cue to determine the vintage of a given pair, so try to look at it as an effective shortcut to easily determine one generation of the shoe from the next.
The numbers of never-retroed original Air Jordan colorways diminishes with each passing year and suggests that we might soon get another round of Wizards-era models in addition to the new colorups we already expect. But will the OG colorway drought lead to the return of more Retro+ successes like this year’s “Olympic” VI and “Thunder” IV reissues and how do we feel about that? In the case of the VI, it seemed like the time was right and the re-release proudly served as a reminder of the Jumpman’s enduring greatness with a new generation of superstar athletes carrying its banner even after Michael’s retirement from the game.
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