Close Calls: 10 Air Jordan Retros That Could Pass as OGs

March 6th, 2014 by

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With Air Jordans and just about every other sneaker you’d want to collect, the original releases are among the most valuable. OG Jordans have the mystique of premium quality from a bygone era. The top-notch materials themselves along with the fact that those classic pairs feature the ‘NIKE AIR’ branding that remains elusive on Retros, means that serious sneakerheads have either worn or stockpiled every pair out there with demand well exceeding supply. Just a few days ago, we saw the asking price for an original set of Air Jordan VIs with fully wearable sole swaps average over $1000/pair.

With a market sufficiently robust to support these kinds of transactions, Nike/Jordan recognize that people want more opportunities to get their hands on some of those elusive styles. Accordingly, they’ve found a perfect balance in recent years that allows the originals to retain their peak value while still offering the style to more buyers: create new styles that follow familiar patterns and color palettes but hadn’t released with the OGs for whatever reason. Let’s take a look back at the ten best almost-OG Air Jordans ever released:

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