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Air Jordan IX “Powder Blue” – OG Pair on eBay

June 13th, 2013 by | 7 comments

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When the Air Jordan IX came back around in 2013, the sneaker was very much wrapped up in the story of of Jordan’s first retirement from the game of basketball. Let’s keep in mind though that that story was sort of around for the shoe’s initial 1993 release as well though. We’re speaking of the “Powder Blue” colorway, one that opted for Michael Jordan’s old UNC colors as a way of telling a story other than the “Bulls” one. You’ll recall that accompanying ad campaigns even featured MJ in that uni with those sneakers. Continue reading to see this original Air Jordan IX “Powder Blue” and then try to grab them yourself from jordanvault on eBay.

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Converse NBA Pinnacle Series – 1989 Vintage Team Colorways

June 13th, 2013 by | 3 comments

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adidas has had the exclusive NBA license on lock since 2006 once Reebok’s deal ended, and during Three Stripes’ time with the NBA, they’ve made a variety of Association-inspired kicks. Like Reebok before them, adidas isn’t the first to pack up hightops with league logos and team colors, as we can trace that all the way back to the golden era of modern sneakers. Converse relished its time as the official provider of the sneakers for the NBA, and just before Reebok and the iconic Pump came in, Converse released some incredible PE-style sneakers in the late 1980′s that matched team logos and colors – almost like the popular and trendy PEs we see today.

The models seen here are the Converse NBA Pinnacle Series in the Utah Jazz edition, and the Converse NBA Team II in the Mavericks and Timberwolves versions; the Pinnacle Series was indeed the performance model created by Converse for NBA in-game wear as it featured the now-defunct Energy Wave technology, while the take-down Team II model had a bit more of an off-the-court approach with an emphasis on style on comfort. A Retro release might be tough to pull considering licensing hurdles and what-not, but with Retro kicks in such high demand, some releases without the team logos definitely have a place in store shelves today. Certainly an awesome throwback piece (on Thursday, no less), so check out some of the additional imagery below and let us know if you remember any of this amazing vintage Converse footwear!

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adidas Mutombo – OG Pair on eBay

June 11th, 2013 by | 2 comments

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If you were one of the folks wise enough to put a pair of the original adidas Mutombos on ice, then you can breathe a sigh of relief at the retro arrival slated for 2013. The return means that you won’t have to worry about crumbling up your vintage pair with an actual wear. Said pending release could have a couple different effects on the price of vintage pairs: they might drive it down given the new stock available or they might drive it up given a possible rekindled interest in the silo. Let us know how you think things will go and then watch it pan out with us as we peep this vintage auction for an original pair of the adidas Mutombo from blue.rinse.vintage on eBay.

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Nike Air VNTG QS Pack

June 11th, 2013 by | 15 comments

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We knew the Nike Air Revolution was returning in 2013 and now here’s the release info for the first drop.  The Air Revolution reaches back to its 1988 OG ‘Tech Grey’ makeup, and while the VNTG treatment with subtly pre-yellowed midsoles is as unexpected as the colorway, it’s the two packmates that make this most intriguing.  They don’t necessarily have the most direct ties to the Revolution, but the ’Auburn’ Air Trainer SC High and ‘Citron’ SC II are themselves known as Bo Jackson signatures (and both available fairly recently).  One classic basketballer and two cross-training pillars come together with light antique touches this Friday, June 14th, so stick with Sneaker News to see if the trio hits shops in addition to Overkill.

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Nike Blazer Mid VNTG “Suede Perf Pack”

June 6th, 2013 by | No comments

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The Nike Blazer Mid VNTG gets back to its roots with this new foursome for July 2013. The fall season Vintage Blazer Mid Premiums skip the zig-zags that made the ’77s so interesting for summer, opting instead for the classic suede-n-sail recipe that echoes the original build on the first Nike basketball shoe. Each of the colors represented here have been issued multiple times in different shades, so Nike Sportswear carefully selected new hues with some perforated uppers. Black Spruce is the darkest green to date and Vintage Green the mossy-est.  Gamma Orange is a rusty beauty and Blueprint gives us a new navy look. Check out all four after the jump, then pre-order before they ship in July from Titolo.

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Air Jordan V Original Prototype

June 5th, 2013 by | 13 comments

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Can you imagine this original colorway of the Air Jordan V without that beloved 3M tongue treatment? Or without the see-through lace lock accessory? Shown here is an incredible prototype pair of OGs, an image lifted from a sales brochure that was floating around ahead of the shoes’ original release. Other differences include a switched up set of teeth for the midsole, a different build for the collar, and the inclusion of just three holes on the top eyelet piece. Tell us if you like the look of this crazy prototype version of the Air Jordan V dug up by Phase2, and let’s pray that they might one day surface.

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Ewing Focus – 1992 OG vs. 2013 Retro Comparison

June 4th, 2013 by | 8 comments

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The Ewing Athletics line is one dominated by the blue and orange of the New York Knicks, a notion that should come as a surprise to no one given that Pat himself was definitely one of the greatest to ever call the Garden his home. With that being said, the company was never afraid to stray from the equation, knowing full well that they needed to get the sneakers on the feet of folks who weren’t necessarily rooting for the Knicks. As a result, you had a pretty wide array of colors hitting on the Ewing Athletics releases both then and now, as proven by old catalog scans and whatever other images of the originals have been floating around over the last two decades.

The forthcoming black and red Ewing Focus reissue is one that will remain reasonably true to its original. Yes, it is an original colorway – as the Ewing Athletics group recognized back then that such a colorup would likely be a good look in an NBA era of Bulls dominance (Keep in mind that Pat sported the home and away “Knicks” versions during the 1992-93 season). Shown here is the 2013 Ewing Focus retro in black/red alongside the counterpart OG version, with the only substantial difference between the two being the logo coloring on the tongue. Continue reading to see the comparison images, as well as an old-school catalog look, and watch for this particular Ewing Focus colorway in stores come June 29th.

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