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Close Calls: 10 Air Jordan Retros That Could Pass as OGs

March 6th, 2014 by / 28

With Air Jordans and just about every other sneaker you’d want to collect, the original releases are among the most valuable. OG Jordans have the mystique of premium quality from a bygone era. The top-notch materials themselves along with the fact that those classic pairs feature the ‘NIKE AIR’ branding that remains elusive on Retros, means that serious sneakerheads have either worn or stockpiled every pair out there with demand well exceeding supply. Just a few days ago, we saw the asking price for an original set of Air Jordan VIs with fully wearable sole swaps average over $1000/pair.

With a market sufficiently robust to support these kinds of transactions, Nike/Jordan recognize that people want more opportunities to get their hands on some of those elusive styles. Accordingly, they’ve found a perfect balance in recent years that allows the originals to retain their peak value while still offering the style to more buyers: create new styles that follow familiar patterns and color palettes but hadn’t released with the OGs for whatever reason. Let’s take a look back at the ten best almost-OG Air Jordans ever released:

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@sneakernews none. Quality on OGs would surpass them. Only one if not looking at the sole maybe playoff XIII's


what is this fuck boy aaron hope talking about french blue 7s retroed with the og raptors in 2012?? 1. french blues didnt come out in 2012  2. raptors were not a team in 92, they were refered to as charcoals, and the 7s you are refering to are known as the orlandos... good job sneaker news...


I hope tumbled leather makes it back to the Maroon 6s if they release this year...

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Totally unrelated: i wanna see these retro's

Flint 12s

Chambray 7s

Cherrywood 13s

Chrome 8s

Laney 14s

Varsity red 10s


i dont understand technically space jams and grey toes are go's just neither released


LMAO. Made this whole article just to build hype around the infrared 23 III... smh..


@DanEspinoza28 @sneakernewsIdk the quality on the early 6 and 7 retros were top notch. I would also argue that materials on the 2013 black toe XIIIs were better than ogs.


@canarycny  OG would mean they release the year of that model. Jest because he had em on in Space Jam doesn't count! They never had a release date until 2000. 4 years later! That's when 11s were Reintroduced (Retro).


@ImpalaLT1 @canarycny  i understand completely i guess i just would consider them technically og's since they were around during the original launches

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