Be ready to see plenty of VIIIs released this year. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Jordan’s 1992-1993 “three peat” championship season as a member of the Bulls, when MJ donned the VIIIs on the hardwood. The Aquas are by far the hottest of this year’s VIIIs all-black downplays the busyness of the cross-over straps while the subtle hits of color and the logo bring a retro feel, without making the shoes feel dated.
Suede sneakers can be hit or miss with quality, but with the proper textiles, they can break in beautifully. The only non-retro model to make this list is the Fire Red IVs. While only renderings have been released, they appear similar to the stunning Raging Bull Vs. The saturated fire red upper is contrasted with a white outsole and black and cement grey details for a spin on the classic Bulls-esque colorway. Don’t be surprised if you see Kanye rocking these very early.
2013 is a good year for Jordan V fans with the easier to find white/fire red colorway coming out on January 23rd. The Grapes feature the original Charlotte Hornets colors on the tongue and midsole that pop against the white leather upper and icy blue sole. This is only the second re-release for the Grapes since they debuted in 1990, making it worth coughing up $160 for a pair that is rare even amongst resellers.
Air Jordan Retro 1 High - Black/Varsity Royal-Black
Release date - February 16th - $140
The Air Jordan I is one of the most popular silhouettes in the Jordan arsenal, as it’s often remixed with models like the Phat I and mids. But besides the original Chicago 1s which came out in early January, the Varsity Royal 1s are a must have for any sneaker fan, Jordan stan or not. The mix of bright varsity blue and black on a classic silhouette looks great both on the court and with denim courtside. They look just as beautiful when they’re all beat up, the mark of a truly great sneaker.
Ever since Nike decided to swap out the Nike Air to a Jumpman logo on the back of the Air Jordan III, sneaker fiends have been begging for the swoosh to come back on the heel cup. The original Nike Air pairs from both 1988 and 1993 releases became extra covetable thanks to that insignia switch. Now in 2013, Jordan Brand is bringing ’88 back by issuing the 2013 retro release of the White Cement III with the Nike Air back - along with a price hike to $200. Yikes. Time will tell to see how the quality of these reissues compare to the original IIIs, or if the leather will be disappointing, like the 2011 release. Either way, if you’re looking for a wearable pair of Nike Air IIIs, you’ll want to swallow the sticker shock and cop this pair.
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