Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
4 | AIR JORDAN IV ORIGINAL COLORWAYS
While the few and far between Air Jordan XI Retros have managed to maintain a revered sense of mystique throughout the years, for many Jordan purists, the real G.O.A.T. debate comes down to “the III vs. the IV.” In addition to their shared and undisputed aesthetic brilliance, they’re also arguably the two most versatile everyday wearable models in the Air Jordan lineage. The lower ankle cut effectively seems to make them more accessible to a broader fanbase and especially with those who love Jordans, but are not usually partial to hightop basketball silhouettes. Aside from the comparable ankle height and worldwide adoration, most of the similarities end there. The Air Jordan III steps into the ring equipped with the almighty elephant print and was the first appearance of the iconic Jumpman logo, but for all the elegance and sophistication it brings to the table, there’s just something so “next level” about the Air Jordan IV.
Most sneaker designers would retire after designing the Air Jordan III, content with having just created one of the all-time greats in the history of the medium, but for a young Tinker Hatfield, it was right onto the next one. How do you follow the Air Jordan III? How about some crazy protruding lace wings on the sides, plastic netting on the tongue and underlay and some kind of cool new speckled pattern known as “cement” thrown in on the accents. It all came together with the unique lacing system, extending heeltab and the dynamic contours of the midsole to materialize into the perfect evolutionary next step for the Air Jordan line. The Air Jordan IV was fiercely technical and futuristic in its look, but it’s flowing lines and shapes gave it a stylish and organic feel that felt completely congruent to what MJ was doing on the court at the time.
Michael Jordan symbolized the future of the NBA and was doing things the game had never seen. Not only was he innovating on the court with his play, but he was doing it with an unparalleled style and grace and the Air Jordan IV seemed to succinctly embody those elements. Four original colorways were released beginning in 1989, each one achieving legendary status over the years in the hearts of Air Jordan fans. 2012 marked the 23rd anniversary of the original release and for Jordan Brand, that milestone means a celebration of the model at retail. Following last year’s formula for the III’s 23rd birthday, various colorways of the Air Jordan IV hit the shelves all year long as expected.
There were some new and unexpected drops along the way, like the “Cavs” edition, which was a tribute to Michael’s infamous execution of “The Shot” over Craig Ehlo in the playoffs, but despite the great story behind them, more folks seemed to want to refer to them as “Knicks” instead for the more obvious color scheme tie-in. In the unexpected column was the return of the “Thunder” colorway, marking a rare re-release of a relatively recent non-OG colorway. Despite the new additions to the IV family, the real treat was the return of all four original colorways beginning with the White/Cement in February and finishing off with the beloved “Bred” edition on Black Friday. While there will never be a definitive champion in the ongoing “III vs. IV” debate, for those who don’t care which is better and just can’t get enough, it’s been a dream two-year stretch of Retro releases to say the least.
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