Love At First Sight
One color, 25 shoes and a string of new obsessions.
On paper, it sounds like a disaster.
Take the entire Air Jordan collection, line them up, I through XII, XII through 2K4, put the 2010 in the middle of them and make them look like you threw a bucket of pantone 284 at them.
Twenty-five shoes, all the same color, white soled. It sounds boring, it sounds kind of ugly and it’s not even an original idea.
But there’s something special about the Air Jordan collection that’s currently at the House of Hoops in Harlem.
Of course, as I’ve been writing about all week, the Carolina Blue ties into the World Basketball Festival that’s taking place over the next few days in NYC, in preparation of the World Basketball Championships in Turkey on Aug. 28.
Take a look at the pics (via Freshness Mag, who went all out with a photo-heavy post at their site) and you’ll see what I mean. It’s always cool to see the entire Jordan collection in one casing. But unlike the white/red offering we got in the fall last year, this one is appealing and as a unit, it just works. A long time hater of the Jordan II (sorry to those of you who love it), I’ve never seen the II look better. Same with the XV, even the XIX. Looking at the shoes side by side, each one kind of flows into the next. My favorite J’s — the III, IV, VII and the X through the XIV, are mesmerizing. That XI is the most excited I’ve been about a model of that shoe since I saw the cool grey for the first time a decade ago.
I keep scanning over the pics and kind of sighing over my favorite shoes. New obsessions have been created and sadly, none of them will be satiated.
I also keep wondering about what happens to stuff like this after the event. When the WBF wraps up, Team USA moves on to Turkey for the actual games and the House of Hoops has to make space for their next display, where will the Pantone collection go? That’s the kind of thing you make room in your apartment for by dumping your couch, or your bed.
But maybe it’s just me. What do you guys think of this colorway of the Air Jordan collection?