The Jordan Retro. What do you think of when you here those words? When it comes to the news of a upcoming shoe release, time stands still for many sneakerheads as they wait with anticipation to learn what roman numerals will follow those epic words. Yes, the Jordan Retro is undoubtedly the most popular shoe on the face of the planet for basketball shoe fanatics. Regardless of what the roman numeral ends up being, you can count on an epic Jordan drop. One that will have Jordanheads buzzing until it is released and eventually sold out. All of the Jordan Retros are truly epic.
But they are certainly not the only shoe in the Air Jordan line that has credibility amongst those who play the game of basketball. There are several high performance Jordan shoes that have released in the last few years that decidedly hold their own when put up against a Retro. The Jordan P.I.T. High Flyer is a perfect example. This recent Jordan release is one of many Jordan basketball shoes that was inspired by performance and can be obtained for a very affordable price.
The PIT High Flyer is made with a leather and synthetic upper that allows for an unbelievably comfortable fit. In addition, the support and stability that the shoe’s upper provides is second to none. The cushioning system that is featured on the Jordan PIT is also uncompromising in the maximum impact protection it offers. That is due to the Nike Phylon midsole that includes a Vis-Air unit in the heel. All of this comes with a more than affordable $115 price tag. After all, this is an Air Jordan that was built to the highest performance specifications that every shoe that sports a Jumpman logo uses.
Additionally, this shoe can be purchased in more than a dozen different colorways. Colorways that include a Varsity Purple and Carolina Blue. In fact, the Black/White/Varsity Royal is vaguely familiar to one of the most epic Jordan’s ever dropped. The silhouette and color of this particular version of the PIT High Flyer is quite similar to the legendary Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam”. Does it “pack the punch” of the epic Space Jam?Absolutely not. But this shoe can more than hold its own when held up to the high performance standards that Jordans shoes are measured by.
The new Jordan PIT High Flyer is one of several high-performance, mid-price point shoes that Jordan Brand has dropped over the last couple of years. No it is not a Retro, but this pair of Jordan shoes for basketball just may perform better on the court than most Retros ever could.
Hybrid. For Jordanheads around the globe this one word will create mixed emotions. Hybrid is defined as an offspring resulting from cross-breeding. In the case of a Jordan Hybrid, one Jordan model “bred” with another Jordan model. With the success of the Jordan 6 Rings and the Jordan Spiz’ike, it appears as if Jordan Brand will continue its quest to release more and more “Hybrid” shoes for basketball. This will come as great news for some Jordanheads. For other Jordanheads this is another sign that the end of the world is near. Regardless of whether you like or dislike these Jordan Hybrids the fact is that these shoes are selling in large amounts. And as long as they are selling, JB will continue to create more of these shoes. The newest Hybrid to hit the market is the Jordan 6-17-23. And the numbers in the shoe’s name say it all.
As the name implies, this shoe combines the elements of the Jordan 6 and the Jordan 17. And those of us who are proficient at basic math know that those two numbers, when added to one another, equal 23. Here’s another no-brainer. The number on Michael Jordan’s jersey was, you guessed it, 23. The upper of the shoe heavily resembles that of the Jordan 6 but includes elements of the Jordan 17. The toebox, lace eyelets, and the “jazz” patten branding on the tongue are taken from the 17. The midsole is actually a fusion of both midsoles of the 6 and 17. Included in the midsole is the translucent design element that has always been associated with the 6. The Jumpman logo is traditionally placed on the back of the heel cup.
Jordan Brand has released four different editions of this shoe so far. Of the four colorways dropped, one of which strongly resembles the epic “Carmine” 6, the most recent colorway features a Black leather and nubuck upper. The legendary Grey cement print used on the Jordan 4 is used on this shoe’s midsole and heel pull-tab. The shoe is accented by Air Jordan IV-like Grey cement print on the heel pull-tab and midsole. Grey is also used on the inner lining and lace panel. The outsole uses Red, Black, and the famous translucent rubber.
This new Jordan 6-17-23 is not the first Hybrid shoe to release and it certainly won’t be the last. Jordan Brand has had too much success with these shoes. And there will always be Jordanheads who either really love or really hate this shoe. Among all the Jordan shoes for basketball there just seems to be no middle ground when it comes to Jordan Hybrids.
This is a great time to be a Jordan shoe fanatic. It seems each new week brings news of a Jordan Retro release. These days all the news appears to be centered around the epic Jordan Retro 14. This shoe will always been remembered as the last shoe Michael Jordan wore as a Chicago Bull. The shoe he wore to win his sixth and final NBA Championship. However, there is much more to this shoe than the final game in which it was worn. This Jordan Retro was released in more colorways than any other shoe in Michael’s signature sneaker line. And in the next few months Jordanheads will have the opportunity to cop three different colorways.
“Last Shot” – This colorway of the Jordan 14 is the most famous edition of them all. It was the shoe that MJ wore when he made the last shot he ever took in an NBA game. This shoe will release on December 17th, 2011. This shoe is predominately Black. The upper, midsole, tongue, inner lining, and outsole are all done in Black. A portion of the midsole as well as Jumpman logo and the number “23” are both done in Red and are placed at the heel.
“Light Graphite”- This colorway of the Jordan 14 is currently available for purchase. Light Graphite/Midnight Navy/White is the exact description that Jordan Brand uses on this colorway. The upper of the shoe features Light Graphite while Black is used on the midsole, tongue, and inner lining. The laces and outsole are done in a clean White. Midnight Navy takes care of the midsection of the shoe’s midsole.
“White/Varsity Red/Black”-This colorway will release in early 2012. White is used on the upper and outsole to create one of the cleanest looks ever seen on a Jordan. Red comprises the midsole while Black is used on the midsole and the Jordan branding at the heel. This will be one of the most anticipated Jordan releases of the upcoming year.
All of the Jordan 14 releases will use a full-grain leather upper with EVA reinforcement for enhanced durability. Nike Phylon and an Air Sole are placed in the midsole and create the ultimate in cushioning. Maximum traction control is created by the solid rubber outsole that is used on the shoe.
Of all the Jordan shoes for basketball, the Jordan Retro 14 just may be the most historical. It was the shoe that was worn by Michael for all of one and a half games. The last shoe he wore before leaving the game of professional basketball for the second time. A retirement that came all too soon.