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CLASSICS REVISITED Our Classics Revisited feature is a retrospective column on some of the best sneaker releases of yesteryear. Click through for photos, release dates, and information on classic sneakers.

Classics Revisited: Nike Air Unlimited (1994)

September 24th, 2012 by | 2 comments

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Flywire, Hyperfuse, reflective materials, TPU shells, Zoom Air, high-cut tongues – these design features make up the current lay of the land for Nike Basketball. What if we were to rewind to an earlier era – say, ’93-’94? That year of Nike Basketball can be broken down in a similar manner – neoprene booties, velcro-lock straps, the exposed plate on the outsole, and so forth. The Air Unlimited, with the flagship White/Black-Deep Emerald colorway, is the perfect summary of Nike in 1994, and with it comes some unique history and features that not many shoes can boast. First off, the Air Unlimited as a seemingly ‘unlimited’ amount of straps, arriving with four lockdown mechanisms in total (a step-by-step manual of how to strap down came with the shoes). The Air Unlimited was also known to be on the feet of David Robinson, particularly during his 71-point outburst against the Los Angeles Clippers that gave him the Scoring Title by the slimmest of margins over Shaq. Not to mention, the Admiral completed the super-rare Quadruple-Double earlier that season as well. The Air Unlimited is a shoe that will likely go un-Retroed – for now; the decision to bring back the Air Carnivore was met was much fanfare, but the shoes eventually ended up on Nike’s own clearance racks for as low as $30. We wish for a return in any OG, Free, Fuse, or 360 form, because the beauty of the shoe is purely unlimited. More of the first Classics Revisited feature on 1990′s Nike B-ball classics is just below.

Nike Air Unlimited
White/Black-Deep Emerald

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

September 21st, 2012 by | 4 comments

air jordan 17 low white university blue black chrome 2004 Classics Revisited: Air Jordan XVII Low   White   University Blue (2002)


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

obsidian xii low 2004 release Classics Revisited: Air Jordan XII Low Obsidian (2004)


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

air jordan 2 low 2004 Classics Revisited: Air Jordan II Low   White   Midnight Navy   University Blue (2004)


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

jordan xiv low varsity royal black white Classics Revisited: Air Jordan XIV Low Laney (1999)


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: Jeremy Scott x adidas – First Collection (2009)

September 14th, 2012 by | 2 comments

jeremy scott adidas first collection Classics Revisited: Jeremy Scott x adidas   First Collection (2009)


In just a short span of four years, the Jeremy Scott for adidas Originals series has managed to wedge itself some room in the crowded sneaker scene. It’s been established as the eccentric footwear option for those looking for some variation from their Foamposites and Air Jordans, offering crazy ideas like the ‘Teddy Bear’ and ‘Wings’, but where did it all start? For the final Classics Revisited of this week, we’re focusing on the first series collection of Jeremy Scott x adidas, which features the original JS Wings, Metro Attitude Hi, and Artillery Hi. The latter two were known for its gaudy colorways and materials and particularly the oversized Tre-Foil tongue, but its undeniably the Jeremy Scott Wings that set the collection to an uncharted plateau of footwear design concepts. The original Wings sprouted the Wings 2.0, a safari of stuffed-animal models, and a slew of other unconventional designs, paving the way for a generation-defining footwear line that has no signs of slowing down. Re-live the original Jeremy Scott for adidas Originals collection below and let us know what you think is in store for the future of the JS x adidas line!

Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals

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