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Classics Revisited: Air Jordan XVII Low – White – University Blue (2002)

September 21st, 2012 by | 4 comments

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Finishing off this week of Classics Revisited feature of low-top Jays is the UNC-inspired colorway of the Air Jordan XVII Low. The shoe doesn’t look much like a low-top, but that’s because the internal bootie extends outward up to the ankle, giving the shoe a mid-cut look. Jordan actually wore several PE colorways of the Air Jordan XVII Low during his Wizards days, and we even recounted the Lightnings when he hilariously missed that wide-open slam-dunk during the 2002 NBA All-Star Game. Performance-wise – the XVII is recalled by ballers as being one of the best. The Air Jordan XVII is considered to be the best Air Jordan of the non-Tinker area, as it seamlessly welded a number of concepts like Jordan’s love for golf and jazz music into one classy design. More of this classic Air Jordan Low below, so give it a look and let us know if these are in your collection!

Air Jordan XVII Low
White/University Blue-Black-Chrome

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Classics Revisited: Air Jordan XII Low “Obsidian” (2004)

September 20th, 2012 by | 3 comments

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The Air Jordan XII Low was first introduced in 2004 when the XII experienced a wide distribution for the first time since the original ’97 run. The low-top XII was surprisingly popular because the shoe, quite frankly, is at quick glance tough to distinguish from the Mid version! Nothing major is changed in order to keep the XII a true low-top, with the exception of the subtraction of one metallic eyelet at the upper. The Obsidian colorway was especially popular considering it is derived rather accurately from the OG Obsidian – a shoe that only recently went through a Retro production. If you have the OG, the ’12 Retro, and the ’04 Low, your Obsidian XII family is now complete! More of tonight’s Classics Revisited is just below.

Air Jordan XII Low
Obsidian/University Blue-White

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Classics Revisited: Air Jordan II Low – White – Midnight Navy – University Blue (2004)

September 19th, 2012 by | 14 comments

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It’s not a widely known fact that the Air Jordan Low actually began when the Air Jordan started. The Air Jordan II was also an original pioneer of the low-top, but from III up until the XI the low-top didn’t return – and it’s no coincidence that the AJ3 is when Tinker Hatfield took over. The Air Jordan II with its Italian boot inspiration exudes the most ‘dress shoe’ impression among all the Air Jordans in history, with the croc-skin upper, perforations, and sleek piping along the upper. A low-top seemed fitting for the model, and thus the Air Jordan II Low happened rather seamlessly and its clear that the transition from Mid to Low was rather easy. This 2004 release introduced a new color scheme to the restricted Air Jordan II, bringing some Tar Heel flavor with the Midnight Navy/University Blue colorway. At $100, this Air Jordan Retro Low was rather popular during its initial release in late 2004, and like many of the Air Jordans from the pre-2005 era, is tough to find in deadstock condition. Your thoughts on our Classics Revisited selection for the night?

Air Jordan II Low
White/Midnight Navy-University Blue

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Classics Revisited: Air Jordan XIV Low “Laney” (1999)

September 18th, 2012 by | 9 comments

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Continuing this week’s Classics Revisited focus on low-top Jays is one of the originals – the Varsity Royal/Black-White colorway of the Air Jordan XIV Low. The Air Jordan XIV has significance for a variety of reasons; for one, it’s the last Air Jordan model Michael wore as a Chicago Bull, and it was the model the first continued the low-top trend that was re-started with the Air Jordan XIII (that is, if you don’t count the Air Jordan XI IE Low as a true low-top). The sporty colorway matched the design of the XIV, which was inspired by one of Michael’s Ferrari super-cars, but it later adopted the ‘Laney’ nickname thanks to an Air Jordan V Retro of 2000 that donned a similar colorway. Of course, the Blue/Yellow is an instant nod to Michael Jordan’s high school alma mater, making this low-top XIV an unofficial ‘Laney’ colorway.

Air Jordan XIV Low
Varsity Royal/Black-White

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Classics Revisited: Air Jordan V Low (2006)

September 17th, 2012 by | 8 comments

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Low-cut version of signature basketball shoes have always been treated as a second-rate to the original. For the Air Jordan, that certainly wasn’t the case, because the man himself has stated that he likes balling in low-top kicks, even prompting his label to create some low-cut PEs for him after the AJ1 and AJ2 released in shorter versions. The Air Jordan XI reintroduced the low-top appeal (albeit the IE Low version), urging the ‘Low’ became a staple; it wasn’t until very late 2006 that the Air Jordan V got that chopped-down treatment, releasing curiously for women only. In the final weeks of 2006, Jordan Brand released the first-ever Air Jordan V Low in this UNC-inspired colorway, and followed it with a White/Metallic Silver colorway just two weeks after, quickly opening and closing the door on the Air Jordan V Low experiment. These weren’t a massive hit by any means, and the two lone Air Jordan V Low releases being in womens sizes certainly didn’t its cause. Kick off part 2 of Air Jordan Low week in Classics Revisited below!

Air Jordan V Low
White/University Blue-Team Red

White/Black-Metallic Silver

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Classics Revisited: Air Jordan VIII Low “Playoffs” (2003)

June 29th, 2012 by | 15 comments

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If there ever was an entry into the Air Jordan lineup that could benefit from a slimmed down version, the Air Jordan VIII would be it. We’re not slinging mud on the good name of this model but let’s face it, the sneaker is sort of a standout amidst the sleeker Tinker designs surrounding it on the timeline, a bulky beast that looked like it was built for anything you could throw at it with that strapped up exterior. Granted by the time the Air Jordan VIII Low did arrive the original silhouette was already far removed from being a true performance choice, nonetheless enjoying the lifestyle lane as the latest of Air Jordan’s to rock the convertible look on its second life-cycle.

Unlike the other lows we’ve showcased in this section throughout the week, the Air Jordan VIII Low actually arrived with an OG colorway in tact. The 2003 introduction of the low started enough like its predecessors in the early 2000′s, with a white and chrome combo unlike anything Mike ever got near as far as Air Jordan VIII’s in his Chicago days. After a few months though things took a turn for the traditional, and the Air Jordan VIII Low was blessed with the ‘Playoffs’ black and red based combo shown above. The most noticeable switch up from the Air Jordan VIII to the Air Jordan VIII Low in terms of the beloved Playoffs colorway was the blue used in the OG getting toned down to a sort of navy tone for the low. Further, the outsoles of each reveal a switch up in crazy camo style patterning made famous by the VIII. Hit the jump with us to get all the views of the Air Jordan VIII Low ‘Playoffs’ as well as the Air Jordan VIII in white/chrome, both from 2003, and let us know which was your favorite across the week from this killer string of Air Jordan Lows in Classics Revisited.

Air Jordan VIII Low
Black/True Red-Del Sol

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Classics Revisited: Air Jordan XIII Low – Black – Navy (1998)

June 28th, 2012 by | 11 comments

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So far our focus on Air Jordan Low models this week in Classics Revisited has leaned towards retro releases of various silhouettes, all of which landed right around the early 2000′s marking a trend for the truncated approach. As mentioned before though that string was far from the first time the typical height on legacy releases had been chopped down. Case in point is the Air Jordan XIII, a sneaker which did eventually get the shortened retro look as late as 2005 but this time it had a precedent, with two colorways of the Air Jordan XIII Low hitting retailers during its original run on the shelves.

The Air Jordan XIII Low in black/navy pictured above was one of those two, picking up where the ‘Flint’ left off as far as utilizing a blue base; from there the shoes put on a much darker front than that most closely related colorway, draping the dimpled mesh paneling up top over a black back drop that switches to white once the heel pods are introduced. The finished product featuring bits of blue mixed in with the black and white, and those who are lucky enough to boast these in their collection will attest to how smooth and delicate the black leather really is. Aside from the Black/Blue colorway, 1998 also introduced a rare tan tone Air Jordan that sort of earmarked the beginning of more ‘lifestyle’ colorways finding their way onto legacy releases, the Air Jordan XIII Low in black/chutney. Click through with us for a look at both original Air Jordan XIII Low releases from 1998 and let us know in the comments below if you think these pairs don’t get the praise they deserve.

Air Jordan XIII Low
Navy/Metallic Silver-Black-Carolina Blue

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