March 13, 2013 BY John Kim / 41
This is truly the golden era of sneaker releases, with footwear brands focusing on imagination and storytelling on top of design to accentuate their releases. There are, of course, a number of dream situations that we’d all love to see, and some of them have come true; the Air Jordan III Retro ’88 and the Air Foamposite One ‘Galaxy’ are two great examples because they broadened the possibilities for both models, giving us even more reason expect stretched limits in terms of creativity. With that said, we’re starting a new “What Do You Think?” feature on Sneaker News in which we ask you, our readers, for your thoughts on some interesting sneaker concepts that not only make sense, but have potential of releasing in the future.
With the Retro category being the dominant force in the sneaker game, footwear brands have done quite well when resourcefully reintroducing its most iconic and revolutionary designs. Nike’s recent ‘OG’ releases of their original Air Max models is, ironically, a fresh way to put the shoes back on the shelves, with the pre-yellowed midsoles and other aged qualities being the focus on these bringbacks. Our question to you is: What do you think of an Air Jordan Retro VNTG release? We know Jordan Brand jumped the hurdle in regards to bringing back ‘Nike Air’, but an Air Jordan III with pre-yellowed midsoles and back-tabs or a pair of Air Jordan Vs with the right tint on the once-icy outsole and netting might turn a few heads, and who knows how much longer Jordan Brand can re-release the same Retros again and again? Pretty much every original Air Jordan from 1 through VII could potentially be redone in this special VNTG way so check out the gallery of some OG Air Jordans that could potentially return in VNTG style and let’s get the discussion going in this installment of WDYT?.
Air Jordan 1 – We’ve already gotten a taste of what an Air Jordan 1 VNTG could look like thanks to the Air Jordan 1 ‘Banned’, Air Jordan AJKO, and previous Dunk High VNTG releases. It’s a formula that’s worked, but will it work for Air Jordans II-VII? Check out these four original Air Jordan 1s below.
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you already know dat i cop anything dats gotta a little hype, so if dey drop and dey hyped den you know ima pitch my tent
The only VNTG model Air Jordan I want is the VNTG model that means we get quality and value for our shoes, rather than the bonded leather, split leather, durabuck, and nubuck crap on these shoes. Considering the poor build quality of the retros, anyone balling in retros is being stupid, so there's not excuse to turn retros into what they already are: lifestyle shoes. This is all part of the reason I've stopped buying Nikes and Jays. Hell, it's even made me consider not buying converses. I mean if Vans can have vault releases with horween leather at decent prices, what the hell is Nike's problem eh?
Why stop at the discoloration? Let's pre-maturely deflate the air bags, wear the soles down to nothing, and pre-crease the toe box to ensure true authenticity. SMH
Don't listen to anyone who supports this. This is terrible idea! There are 2 Air Max 1 releases this year that I would've bought if they didn't do that pre-yellowing BS!
Lol these are the ideas there coming up Nike really messed up by lettin all the nice colorways release in such little timespan if I wanted my sneakers vintage I would wear them everyday and mess the up myself!
The VNTG treatment would look cool on certain jordan models/colorways but not all. if you don't like the vntg treatment don't buy it. simple as that
No Way! The only Vintage treatment I want to see is Nike Air on the shoe. That along with the materials that were previously used. That's It! That pre yellowing and seperated tongue crap is garbage. We as Sneaker Lovers go to great lengths to keep our kicks looking Fresh and Crispy! Some even drop loads on getting sneakers restored, so why on earth would we want dirty busted looking brand new shoes out of the box??? I am really annoyed by this whole vintage crap. I purchased both pairs of AJ KO's when they released a few years ago. I promptly took a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to the soles to remove that stupid yellowing. My two cents for what it's worth...
i mean personally the concept isnt bad but my self owning a few pair of ogs it kind of take the fun away of collecting for nike tho its a profitbal idea but to og sneakerheads its not the same u take the fun of losing the sneakers for 10 years and pulling them out and there yellowed it just all fun of sneakers but well see what happens if they do decide to actually use this method please make it completley og on the retro 88 3s they in sole had a jumpan and the sole had the words jumpan instead of nike air and that nike air on the heel tab isnt worth 40 more dollars
IF the "VNTG Treatment" means bringing back the exact same design as the OGs, then I'm in (see "Nike Air" on the 88's, for example). But assuming by VNTG JB/Nike intend to prematurely yellow what was originally white, that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. I don't mind shoes looking used, because that's what they're for...to be used (my apologies to all the resellers out there who refuse to wear their shoes, only to exploit consumers later)! But to "age" a new product (whatever the product) by turning what was originally white into a yellow-ish/pukish color is absurd, and I personally wouldn't pay for it.
For me, one of the greatest things about collecting cool shoes is wearing them. I don't mind if my shoes get scuffed...I'd rather have that than have them sit in a box because I don't want something to happen to them. But I'd prefer to age them myself. Our sneakers tell a story about us, and this takes away some of that, in my opinion.
The only problem i see is that it is faking the actual "vintage" part. If you're shoes are yellowed, that usually means they're old or actually yellowed from wear, but if someone wore VNTG retros, it would be like they were faking the whole aging/wearing process. Not trying to hate on anyone, idk why, it just feels like cheating to me.
I'd be open to the idea, nothing wrong with having a shoe with a vintage look to it, it's different and I like different. People are to concerned about keeping their shoe from yellowing or removing the yellowing that defeats the purpose of being able to say I have a older retro when someone new to the "game" would just think they are recent release because they are too clean.
I hope they do retro all the OG colorways in a vintage look. I'd just get them reprinted, simple as that
I wish all vintage would come back there's something about the Nike air written in the back. #itsjustdifferent
i'm not opposed to it completely. i never really minded the fire red 3's when they yellowed and it would add something to a relatively bland mocha 3 if the heel tab and midsole were yellow
To quote a mate of mine " a 'vintage look' should be earned NOT bought!" if u have kicks that have aged naturally due to u buying them eons ago = cool. if u go buy a pair of VNTG looking shoes & claim to know something about anything = fail
People dont want their kicks old and yellowed. Thats why the put them in bags etc. to try to fight effects of aging. Vintage look is a stupid idea. Keep em crispy
@Da_Real_Big_lnfinite fucking hypebeast
@metaleggman Exactly i was explaining that last week how Jordans are outdated for basketball. I only mess with adidas for basketball.
@Small_Finite yeah my blue 4s came with xreases smh
@UncleHullka That's exactly what they did. I love the shoe, but I would've enjoyed to get them yellowed and "VNTG"ed on my own.
@J7P7B I agree, a vintage look is a badge of honor if it happens naturally. I rather buy my shoes with that new look anyway, especially if you're paying those ridiculous JB prices.
@Brando23 Nike already did this with the infrared Air Max 90 and they sold out almost instantly in most places
same here, if im going to pay as much as is being asked for a JB drop or even others - i want them fresh & crispy for ME to do with them what i want