If you’re smart enough to show up to Sneaker Con when the show hits your town, you’re bound to stumble across some sneakers that you’ve never seen before in the flesh. Case in point in this crazy assortment of rare gems, which includes PEs and samples of the Air Jordan ilk. For starters: there’s the Air Jordan III clear-sole sample, the upcoming black/white Air Jordan V release, and an Air Jordan XIII “Celtics Away” PE for Ray Allen. Continue reading to see all of these goodies from Flipjay’s table at Sneaker Con Chicago and tell us which is your most coveted.
Over the years we’ve seen some amazing (and questionable) colorways of Air Jordans and Air Jordan Retros surface on the web. In fact, there might be as many unreleased mock-ups as there are produced versions, but who knows what’s really stowed in the deep dark vaults inside the Jordan Brand headquarters and overseas factories? We’ve compiled a fairly thorough gallery of some notable Air Jordan sample colorways that have never seen the light of day at retail; some of these already have noted legends behind them, like the Air Jordan VI “Infrared” Retro with the flipped midsole and the Air Jordan V “Gold” that may or may not have been made for an employee, but some of the stuff we’ve come across cause us to question why the shoes were never released, or why they were created in the first place! Of course, this gallery isn’t a complete list of every unreleased sample, but take a moment to skim through the gallery below and let us know which unreleased Air Jordan sample catches your eyes the most.
We continue our string of insane sneaker collections on Instagram with a focus on PEvault – a collector with a distinct taste for the rarest Player Exclusives in Air Jordan and Nike Basketball form. We’re certain that what he has up on his Instagram profile is just a snippet of what has in his “PE vault”, but what he shows us is ridiculously impressive – the Air Jordan IV “Laser” samples given to Melo right after the Olympics, the Air Jordan V Ray Allen PE during his Seattle days, an Air Jordan IX Low for former NFL Runningback Marshall Faulk, and a lot more. Check out some of the gems on his Instagram profile and give him a Follow – you never know what other insane heat he’s gonna come up with next!
One of the more inconsistent details in the entire Air Jordan OG and Retro catalog is the “23″ embroidery that has popped up on select models. The Air Jordan V and X are the two that can’t seem to get any sort of rhyme down in terms of adding or omitting the ’23′ stitching on the heel, but we do see that last year’s Spring 2012 release of the Air Jordan X “Stealth” potentially had it in the works. In addition to the “23″, this unreleased sample also shows grey lace eyelets instead of the black used in the release version, which provides even more contrast. So, what’s your verdict? This sample, or the one that hit stores? Check out the this rare look below courtesy of jesusisbackintown on eBay.
Let’s be honest – it was only a matter of time before one of the twenty-seven Air Jordans of the supposed one-of-one Air Jordan “Black/Neon” Collection would go up for sale. After all, these are one of the rarest Air Jordans ever put out by the brand and certainly the first wide giveaways focusing on the social media phenomenon known as Instagram. First up for grabs is the Air Jordan X of the set from IGer kvaipa, although we hope his sky-high asking price is just to keep the listing up for display! We’ve got a detailed look below so give the photos a look and see the listing from tnitty31 on eBay.
It appears that the massive “XX8 Days of Flight” set of Air Jordans given away by Jordan Brand has finally begun to make its way into the hands of the winners. You’ll recall that entry involved snapping a pic of yourself on Instagram using #XX8DaysofFlight wearing the Air Jordan model corresponding to that day. The black and green sneakers have popped up across Instagram, as the lucky Air Jordan enthusiasts who received their pairs have been eager to show them off (and it looks like Jordan Brand unknowingly selected one user to receive two pairs). Now that the pairs are out there, it will be a test of will power to see who ends up keeping these one of a kind sneakers in their personal collection and who ends up taking the “other” route to cash out, although the 1-of-1 factor might be to tough to let go! Check out most of the Air Jordan “XX8 Days of Flight” pairs that have been doled out right after the jump and tell us in the comments which pair is your favorite.
The deep stories and events that shadow every Air Jordan in history is what made the Retro such a booming success, and as far back as 1994, Nike made sure that we were reminded of the message behind each design. Since the first Air Jordan Retros in 1994 during MJ’s first retirement to all OG and Retro colorways that hit stores in the late 90′s and 2000′s, a tw0-sided post-card detailing a brief history of the shoe as well as an iconic flashback image of the times came included with the shoes; these cards have been referred to as Retro Cards, and while some may have not given them much though, some sneaker collectors did their best to gather them all. With the Air Jordan Retro Card making a surprising come-back with the upcoming Air Jordan VIII Retros and the possibility of more Retro Cards with future Retro releases, it’s about time we took a look back at every single Retro Card that Nike ever put out – from the first ones in 1994, to the latest ones that came accompanied with a Doernbecher release. Enjoy this throwback piece below and let us know which you’re missing from your set!
The Air Jordan X “Steel” has been through a couple slight changes over the course of its retro treatment. When the sneaker came back in 2005 for example there was a red Jumpman hit on the bottom, where the OG had a light blue treatment down there. The 2013 version is alleged to have the alternate yellow/blue set up across the two sneakers, one that we’ve seen across the sample pairs that show up from time to time. This pair may or may not be of that persuasion, as only one outsole is on display (Featuring a yellow Jumpman for what its’ worth). Get a look at this unreleased Air Jordan X sample below and then check out the auction from oregonsole on eBay.
Sure the Air Jordan X ‘Chicago’ came back around in 2012, but what about the rest of the Air Jordan X ‘City Series’? Also included in the OG set were Charlotte, NYC, Orlando, Sacramento, and Seattle. So if you picked up last year’s retro but you feel like filling out the geographical group then you’re in luck, as we’ve spotted this collection that contains each of the original pairs save for the aforementioned ‘Chicago’. Continue reading to see the Air Jordan X ‘City Pack’ in deadstock glory and let us know if you think they’re worth the asking price from ro.47 on eBay.
It’s only getting more and more difficult to pick up original Air Jordan pairs. As the number of Air Jordan collectors grows every year, the set number of vintage sneakers from the line continue to get snatched up, passed around, and un-deadstocked. Which is why this group is such a crazy opporunity if you’ve got the cash to make it happen. Shown is a group of OG Air Jordans in various conditions, including the Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan VI, Air Jordan VII, Air Jordan VIII, Air Jordan IX, Air Jordan X, Air Jordan XI, Air Jordan XII, and the Air Jordan XIII. Take a look at all the pairs rounded up in the group after the jump, then take a look at the auction to purchase them from quentinours on eBay.