August 13, 2009 BY Sneaker News
Thursday Throwback by: GourmetKickz
Name: Air Force 1 JD
Style #: 306509-144
Colors: White / Obsidian – Chrome
NikeAirForce1.com 1Thology Profile
“This is how we take the old from new, the new to the old, the old from the new!” Yes we’re about to take you back….. Way back…… into time! Years ago before the hottest releases could be found at Tier Zero accounts or NSW doors, the hottest AF1’s could be found at JD Sports, a UK based chain of stores. Before the Nike AF1 25th Anniversary JD Sports collaborated with Nike to create dozens of unique and exclusive AF1’s that could only be found in the UK at JD Sports locations. This made getting your hands on a JD Exclusive quite a task, making the few eBay sellers who specialized in these rarities quite popular among U.S. sneakerheads. The above shown JD Exclusive is a very simple yet classic design. Featuring an all white upper this shoe was released in the Spring of 2004 and featured both smooth and textured leather. It also featured a rarely used double swoosh; an obsidian classic swoosh wrapped with a chrome border, yes chrome! Like most foreign exclusive AF1’s this sneaker featured an extra embroidered swoosh at the tip of the eyestay colored in obsidian to hook up with the midsole stitching and heel accents. Now of course seeing an all white and obsidian AF1 Low is certainly no rarity, which makes these all the more special, as only the trained eye of a sneaker aficionado would instantly realize that this is no ordinary U.S. release, but something far more special. JD Exclusives are notorious for using superior materials and color combinations never seen on U.S. bound releases. They are among the most sought after and most memorable AF1’s to date and often the hardest to find. So if you began collecting recently you probably don’t understand the difference between a JD Exclusive and a GR. That’s quite alright, as once again the Thursday Throwback is here to both titillate and educate. So novice collectors looking to outdue your competitive cohorts, start scouring the web and seek to step up your JD Exclusive game.
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