June 27th, 2012 by Brendan Dunne
AIR JORDAN LOW WEEK
There’s no hiding the fact that the Air Jordan IX occupies a difficult spot in the legacy series line up. The sneaker itself was sandwiched by a load of much more sentimental models, book-ended by three championships on one side and another three on the other (with the comeback special the Air Jordan X thrown in there for good measure). As their original release came during MJ’s first self imposed exile from the game the man himself never laced up in the Air Jordan IX, that is unless you count on the baseball diamond in that black and white cleat version for the Birmingham Barons or many years later in the retro ‘Cool Grey’ colorway for the Wizards. With the sneaker threatening to end up a bit short in terms of historical significance Jordan Brand was forced to stir the pot a little. They aimed for a story that celebrated the worldwide impact of Michael’s game, they crafted a mysterious character in the form of the Johnny Kilroy ad campaign, heck they even dished out a PE colorway to one Penny Hardaway in an era long before the company made it policy to outfit athletes with specialized pairs. So when the time did eventually come for the Air Jordan IX to get in on the retro action in 2002 it was almost a given that the folks out in Beaverton would fiddle with the equation once again.
The result? The Air Jordan IX Low, an abridged version of the sneaker that came first in a snow white colorway (pictured after the jump) and later in the much more attention grabbing pearl blue shown above. The sneaker stands as one of those truly unique combos amongst its peers, with no other Air Jordan release since ever bearing the same nearly navy tone, paired so simply here with white for the outsole and upper area that stretches beyond the extended leather wrap around. Outside of that idiosyncratic choice of color the pair did actually include something more traditional around the perimeter, with what appears to be a columbia/university blue touching on the various Jumpman logos that gets left out of the official color designation. Check with us after the jump for all the angles on this boiled down classic the Air Jordan IX Low ‘Pearl Blue’ from 2002, as well as its bleached brethren, and check back at the same time tomorrow as we continue to get low this week in Classics Revisited.
Air Jordan IX Low
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June 26th, 2012 by Brendan Dunne
AIR JORDAN LOW WEEK
When we kicked off Air Jordan Low week here in the Classics Revisited column just yesterday it was with the Air Jordan XI Low. Now we know that model is far from the first Air Jordan Low to ever hit shelves (recall the even the original Air Jordan 1 had some low versions floating around) but the model nonetheless served as the harbinger of a new era of drop top retro models. It was very much a sign of things to come, a fair warning by the Jordan Brand folks that any given legacy series silhouette could end up popping up with a bit less height than the world was used to at the time. And how did they follow up the dizzying spell of patent leather lows from 2001? By moving on to another of the more highly heralded models, the Air Jordan VI.
The main casualty of the transition from Air Jordan VI to Air Jordan VI Low was the jumbo tongue of the original silhouette, absent on its younger brother that pretty much stopped things right after the Jumpman overlay on the lacing system. Arriving just a year after the blue based Air Jordan XI Low was this Air Jordan VI Low that took a similar approach colorway wise, with the two bearing the nearly same box description save for the university blue utilized on the Air Jordan VI Low in place of the columbia blue of the Air Jordan XI Low. Again taking after the example set by the Air Jordan XI Lows of the previous year, this set arrived in a gang of colorways not entirely foreign to the Air Jordan repertoire at large, but certainly new to the Air Jordan VI (with the university blue here also surrounded by a chrome and a pink pair in April of 2002). Click through to check out this and the rest of the Air Jordan VI Lows from 2002 and let us know if you’ve still got an icy pair tucked away in the closet. Also, be sure to check back with us at the same time tomorrow for more from Classics Revisited’s homage to the Air Jordan Low this week.
Air Jordan VI Low
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June 25th, 2012 by Brendan Dunne
AIR JORDAN LOW WEEK
Let’s face it, it’s pretty unlikely that the sneakerhead community will ever come to a consensus on the single greatest Air Jordan silhouette of all time. There are solid arguments for a handful of them; from the obvious historical significance of the Air Jordan 1, to the onset of the Tinker years marked by the Air Jordan III, to that all-important first championship sneaker the Air Jordan VI. With all that being said there’s pretty much no argument to be had regarding which model is consistently the most sought after and talked about when the dust settles: the Air Jordan XI. The fervor surrounding the default high-hitting version extends down to the Air Jordan XI Low as well, a model tuned up to accomodate MJ’s preference for playing in lows. During the Air Jordan XI’s original moment in the spotlight a handful of these low hitting PE’s were made for Michael himself, with the public forced to settle for the tweaked IE version as far as retail availability. The true patent leather version’s eventual emergence from the vaults half a decade later would mark the first retro Air Jordan Low, and no doubt the most sought after in that category which we’ll be focusing on in this spot as the week progresses.
When the Air Jordan XI Low did finally arrive in 2001 the colorways it carried were far from OG styles like the ‘Bred’ and ‘Concord’, the sneaker opting instead to blaze a new trail independent of the Chicago influence. One particular duo amongst the 2001 run stands out as especially unique, upping the opulence of the original Tuxedo styled high class performance of the Air Jordan XI with a snakeskin wrap around the mudguard. Pictured above is the men’s release among the two, slapping the reptilian look on in an alternating navy and black pattern. The women’s, pictured after the jump, debuted in the same white base albeit with pink on the shiny strip to cement their feminine aim.
As previously mentioned these two weren’t the only pairs the public was treated to during that epic 2001 run. The men’s crop also included alternating pairs in columbia blue and varsity red, with the latter registering as the only amongst the group to have some vague semblance of a ‘Bulls’ look. Also on the menu for men’s releases that year was the Air Jordan XI Low in zen grey, a clean slate version whose closest analog is the Air Jordan XI ‘Silver Anniversary’ of many years later. The women’s side of things was rounded out by the similarly bare citrus pair that brought a unique look to the icy outsole and the silver that donned a metallic look. Stay with us after the jump for a look at the Air Jordan XI Low ‘Snakeskin’ releases, as well as all of the other Air Jordan XI Low retro releases from the 2001 stretch and stick with us throughout the week as we bring you more from the category of Air Jordan Lows for your daily dose of Classics Revisited.
Air Jordan XI Low
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