January 21, 2013 BY John Kim / 26
2012 was an outstanding year for the Air Jordan Retro, but there was potential for it to be an even grander experience than it already was. The Air Jordan XVI is considered by many to be the best Air Jordan model ever in the post-Bulls era, with the slick XI inspiration and unique gaiter giving the shoe an even more luxurious appeal. Jordan Brand had originally intended to bring back the Air Jordan XVI for the Fall 2012 season, but obviously that plan was scrapped; considering the immense Olympic releases already crowding the Fall months and the Holiday season being the busiest Air Jordan Retro release calendar ever, it may have made some sense to give the Air Jordan XVI Retro some breathing room by postponing the release.
In this spread of unreleased samples, we get another look at the Air Jordan XVI Low 2012 Retro and three Air Jordan XVI Mids – a White/Navy that takes after the OG colorway, a Black/Red version with a white midsole, and one ‘Concord’-like composition with a black patent leather toe-box. It must be gut-wrenching to see this scrapped pile of Jays – especially for XVI fans – but we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the future of the Air Jordan XVI. Would you have copped the XVI if they released last year?
Tags: Air Jordan XVI
all of these are nice colorways its a shame they were scrapped especially since 2010 til now theyve retroed 1-14 in many colors
I would have copped the "Concord" cw. Those look dope.
I only see two mid pairs, the OG Navy cw and the "Concord" cw. I'd bet the black shoe at the far right is the same shoe as the "Concord" shoe minus the gaiter.
Jordan isn't going to drop anything past 14 (and you see how little of those) because they're scared to. Right now they're at the top with the over-saturation of 3's, 4's, and 7's but they continuously sell out so why take a chance with the money when you have a sure-fire plan on how to continue the madness?
14s, 16s, 17s, 18s, 19s, 20s n 21s r dope wished they released more often cuz 11s every year is getting annoying especially the hype plus 11 lows every year 2. I love 1s but they release retro 1s at least 6 a year n etc
Wouldn't be shocked if they dropped them in 2013. They (JB) seem to be operating with no clear pattern nowadays. 1's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, (supposedly later in the year, reported by MN.com) 8's, 10's, 11's, 12's, and 13's all in the same calender year. Throwing in another unexpected silhouette would only makes sense to this madness. (in a good way)
hmm looks like they were inspired by the bred and concord 11s and the black cements. Pretty sick would of coped if they would of droped
Why is JB so ashamed of Jordan's post-Bulls era??
They clearly favor Js 1-14.
They are probably waiting until EVERY OG retro J from 1-14 is released. Then they will release the 16s with a "justified" $200 price tag.
Other than the XV's and not counting the CDP's, no other Post-Jordan era Jordan's ever made retroes. Had the decide to go on and release these, it'd be a test to the market to see how receptive the XVI's would be. But I'm guessing the people at JB know this
@RT5 Well since theyre never gonna retro the II again, I guess well never see post XV.
@RT5 They retailed for $160.00 12 years ago. $200 sounds about right, maybe more. Its inflattion. 11 Years ago the 17 retailed for $200.00 in the briefcase of course.
@sneaker_guy I doubt they will for a long time. Considering the luke warm reception to IIs and XVs, I bet the bean counters at Nike said "No, never". I love the IIs and XVs and all other Jays. I bet theyll retro the Lebrons before they retro post XIV Jays.
@ozzyyooo You know if they retro the red XX1s, people gonna act like theyve been hip to the shoe all along when DS and VNDS pairs are still pretty easy to get on ebay.
@ozzyyooo 21's are really dope but these would of been a nice change of pace.
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