September 22nd, 2011 by Aaron Hope
Just as Air Jordans III and IV offered a look at how well grey tones can buffer high contrast colorways in the late ’80s, the Air Jordan IX ‘Olive’ proved to the world that earth tones can indeed accompany black and red to improve their casual versatility. We haven’t seen the Olive Nines in over nine years now, but apparently that wasn’t always Jordan Brand’s plan, as a deluxe take on this OG design was created as a sample for the Premio Bin 23 collection. The final Air Jordan IX Premio turned out to be white and gold, but now that we can see the Olive-esque sample edition in a full video courtesy of the same guy who leaked the initial images of this nixed sample back on the first of the month, do you agree the right choice was made? Click through to see more of the AJ9 Bin 23 sample in question, let us know what you think and stick with Sneaker News for more rare Air Jordan samples and player exclusives. via Stickie213
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September 1st, 2011 by John Kim
The Jordan Brand Bin 23 Collection debuted in 2010 as a high-end capsule of Air Jordans constructed in premium materials and packaged like fine Italian dress shoes. It was the perfect marriage of luxury and style, and it all began with the Air Jordan II, which was fashioned in extravagant brown leather. The common detail among all the Bin 23 Collection installments was the red ‘wax’ stamp, a mark that typically denotes a finely aged and cured product. We’ve seen some unreleased sample versions of the ‘Premio’ editions, like the Air Jordan VII, that featured no Jordan Brand markings on the upper, the Air Jordan XIII, created in a colorway quite different from the released version, and this Air Jordan IX, a leather-uppered version of the Air Jordan IX ‘Olive’.
The Light Olive-colored mudguard on the upper is made up of a distressed yet crisp leather material, while the black segments are made up of the supple tumbled leather. Other refined details include the laser-etched ’23′ on the heel, leather shoelaces, and the blacked-out globe logo that sits at the base of the heel-tab. Of course, these are quite the aberration from the released version, which instead utilized a white-based colorway given the alchemic touch. Continue reading for a detailed look at the unreleased Air Jordan IX Premio sample and stick with Sneaker News for more updates on Jordan Brand samples and goodies! via stickie213.
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