There is much talk about todays Air Jordan shoes and their “fakes.” Fake Air Jordan’s have been around for quite a while, but each year they are looking better and better. If you are not careful and don’t look for the signs of a fake shoe, you can easily make the mistake of buying fake ones for a ridiculous price. One of the best-looking fakes on the market these days are copies of the 11’s. The 11’s are a very popular shoe and, like I mentioned in my previous blog post, there are also the Breds and the space jams. With those both being the most popular 11’s there are many pairs of fakes that people try and sell and often times they do. Unfortunately some fakes have gotten to look so good that many people choose to buy them instead of the real shoes because they are much cheaper. A true sneakerhead that knows his shoes can easily spot a fake pair of shoes but to the everyday consumer these shoes look just like the real ones and take away from the exclusiveness and glory of wearing the shoe. It’s not my business to tell people how to spend their money but if I were to give them one piece of advice it would be not to wear fake shoes.

 

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-Henry Russell

 

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Nike Air Foamposite “GALAXY”

The Nike Air Foamposite shoe that first came out in 1997 has since been a shoe that has dominated the hype beast shoe market. Ever since they released in 1997 at $180 they have released with many cool colors and themes but the prices of the shoes has increased tremendously. Like any popular and expensive shoe in the Nike or Air Jordan line, the foamposite has special remakes of the shoe that adds to its overall hype. The most exclusive copy of the foamposite shoe is by far the “Galaxy edition.”

The Nike Air Foamposite Galaxy’s caused people to camp outside stores for many days and the shoe crashed websites in a matter of seconds when they released at midnight of February 24, 2012. The shoes released at a price of $220 and were being re-sold for as much as $1,600. That is crazy! However an interesting fact about these shoes is that they were displayed on the cover of the daily news newspaper. Unfortunately for people looking to buy them resold, they were not going to get anywhere near a reasonable price for them. In fact if I were looking to buy them at a resold price I would be pretty mad at the Daily News. The shoe already had enough hype around it and putting the shoe on the cover of the daily news only made it that much more appealing to re-buyers city wide and gave re-sellers an excuse to raise the prices. The Hype was too much.  Don’t get me wrong, these shoes are fire, but they fall under the same category at the Air Yeezy shoe and that is very much out of many people’s price range. If you have an opportunity to cop, COP, if you of course have the money to spend. They are extremely rare to find and the hype is simply too damn high.

– Henry Russell

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OG’s and Retro’s

Going back to when the AIR JORDAN brand was first started by none other than Michael Jordan when the first copy of sneakers came out they were the original air Jordan shoe that Michael Jordan himself, played in. Ever since he released his first pair of Jordan 1’s in 1985 he has created a numerous amount of shoes and now that the company is sold to Nike, they re-release a different shoe every couple of years and these are known at Retro’s. Retro’s are copies of the OG’s (originals) with just slight variations such as material and coloring.

For example, the 1995 Bred 11’s compared to the 2012 Bred 11’s have significant differences that separate one another from OG and retro. For starters you can feel that the material on OG bred 11’s is much more real and authentic. Meaning the leather is a lot heavier. Also the carbon fiber on the OG’s is an aspect that many favor when compared to the carbon fiber on the 2012’s. It’s more defined and looks a lot less painted on. The mesh on the OG’s feels a lot thicker and nicer than the 2012’s. The mesh on the 2012’s can bend easier.  Finally the jump man is also different when the shoes are compared. The Jordan sign on the OG’s is a lot fatter where as it is a lot skinnier on the 2012’s. Although that seems like such a small detail, it is just one of the subtle ways you can tell the OG bred shoe from the 2012 shoe. In writing this blog post I hope that I have further educated those who were unclear of the differences in the Bred 11 shoe. I also hope this helps you not only differentiate the 11’s but also OG’s from Retro’s. The quality of the OG shoe will always be nicer and if you have the opportunity to buy one or the other I suggest you go with the OG’s. They may cost you a lot more but if the money isn’t the issue for you it’s a fantastic buy and one that is very rare to find these days.

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—- Henry Russell