Monday, June 22nd, 2009 at 9:37 pm  |  14 responses

Jeezy Winner, Jordans, Tigers And Bigs

Oh my.

Young Jeezy Meet & Greet

by Chris O’Leary

I’ve got a few things I want to go through here in what I’ll call sneaker closet-cleaning.

First up, a while back I posted about a Foot Locker/MTV/adidas social networking contest for Young Jeezy fans where the winner got to pick the city they’d like to see Jeezy in. In addition to the show, the person got to bring 10 friends along with them. Adidas sent this video over to us on the winner and how he spent his time in NYC recently.

Word has been spreading through numerous tubes of the interweb over the last few months of Jordan Brand’s plans to re-release/re-retro the Air Jordan XII. The nubuck/Carolina XII dropped at the end of May to surprisingly light fanfare. JB, I think, is headed in the right direction with the releases though. No gaudy colorways are on deck (yet, anyway) and what’s new looks hot. Take for example, this sunrise-themed XII, set to drop in October. The all-white look is a first for the XII, and if the name of the shoe hadn’t given it away to you already, it’s supposed to resemble a sunrise. As nice as the exterior of the shoe is, the insole might steal the show.

Pardon the pun—brace yourself, it’s a bad one—but I’ve had a sneaker, uh, sneak up on me recently. I’d seen the Nike Big on store shelves through the winter and didn’t bother slowing my roll in walking past them. It’s tough to get excited about every single thing the Swoosh releases that looks like a Dunk or Jordan I because you know, there’s so much of it. I got a pair of the Carolina blue/grey Bigs as a gift a while back though, and from the first wearing I was hooked. The shoe itself is simple enough. It’s comfortable, but there’s no breakthrough technology in them. But it’s that simplicity that’s killing me (note that I mean killing me in a good way, like how Kobe’s 60th and 61st points against the Knicks did, or like at the end of Zoolander when he finally hits them with Blue Steel). The shoes seem to go with everything. Beyond that, they’ve surprised the hell out of me as total neck-breakers. I can’t tell you how many double-takes I’ve gotten out of people when I’m out wearing them. I had a security guard at the Newark airport stop what she was doing and look up at me in the security clearing lineup thing to tell me she liked the shoes.

I don’t know about you guys, but this is how it always goes for me with sneakers that I get compliments on. The stuff that I buy that I think is fire might draw the odd compliment from a fellow head, but it’s usually the sneakers I get as gifts, the ones that I’d never usually buy on my own, that get the most attention.

Anyway, I’m so enamoured with the Big that I picked up a second pair of them a couple of weeks ago. These ones are red/black and bear a striking resemblance to the famous OG Jordan I. But the Bigs are more comfortable. That’s right, I said it. The Jordan I toebox is way too narrow for my liking.

To wrap up, I wanted to talk about branching out as a sneakerhead. When the shoeboxes initially started piling up in my room a few years back, it was a pretty steady split between Air Jordans and Air Force 1′s. My initial plan was to pick up all the Jordans I wanted (missing from the list are a pair or two of III’s, a pair of VII’s and a pair of XII’s…and maybe one more pair of XIII’s). From there I’d just load up on AF1′s for outdoor/casual wear.

Of course, the more I’ve read and learned about the sneaker world, the more stuff I’ve wanted on my feet. The AF1 drive died down somewhat for me in the last year. Enter Dunks, Weapons, shelltoes, some skate shoes and finally, Tigers.

My most recent pickup was a pair of red Asics Tigers, with white stripes. I’d been eyeing up the Tigers for a minute—actually almost a full year to the day, since my visit to their store in Paris last summer. Uma Thurman sparked interest in the shoe for me when she wore a yellow pair in Kill Bill Vol. 1. After wearing mine for a few weeks now, I can see why you would wear them for a fight against 88 deadly ninjas and one Tokyo underworld lord/former partner in murder-for-hire. They are the ULTIMATE shoe for creeping up on someone. I’ll probably never get to use them in a massive kung-fu scene in a Tarantino flick, but the obsession seed has been planted.

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  • andrew

    I’ve given up on AF1s. Too many colours, too many 14 year old kids rocking the Wht/Wht colour in my home town (which is when you know a fad has gone way too far – kids wearing stuff in my town lets me know it’s time to let go). Having said that, i’ll be stoked if I see 14 year olds rocking the AJs for real though..

  • http://www.jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    They will have to call in the National Guard when they rerelease the Space Jams next Christmas…

  • http://twitter.com/NotebookNick thesubwayconnection

    I’ve always tried to be a little different and branch out when I could. My size makes that tough, but I’m glad the Weapons turned heads this week ;)

  • Hubert

    The all-white Jordan XII is indeed tight! This is just wild guessing, but I think its price would deter me from copping a pair.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Boo(-Boo, & Boourns) to Jordan “rising sun” XII. Still yet to simply retro release the White & Red’s which were in fact yeah based on the Japan rising sun iconic image. All white shoe with a insole graphic? For full retail. Instead of the OG colorway. Pass. Like those 9.5/AJF1 “Powder”/Uni blues. Profit by putting out an almost version, teasing you and thinking you’re a sheep and will buy it regardless. asics are nice. http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/42132630/c/12203.html I never see them in stores though so I can’t try on. How do they fit/run size wise Chris?

  • FrenchKiss

    Might as well cop the retro 1s from the new AJ1 pack. The Boston colourway is off, put the classic bred one is very nice, and for once the shape is on point.
    Also keep some money for the true blues which are coming soon. Gotta love them.

  • Ned Mahony

    Those Tigers are sick. I’ve got the opposite – red on white. :)

  • andrew

    hanging out for the true blues here… also, wht /blk retros due in march next year…. a thing of beauty, i tell ya..

  • MattM

    Being someone who can almost quote the Zoolander script I feel it necessary to point out that he hit them with Magnum at the end of movie. I’m loving the sunrise Jordans. The Big is good but I prefer a low cut shoe.

  • andrew

    Oh yeah, those sunrise are tight too… my kinda colour scheme.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    @Blinguo: The Asics I’m wearing are a half-size smaller than what I normally go with. Since everyone’s feet are different, check around online before you order a half-size under. I’d hate to see you get stuck with something too small for you.
    @Matt M: You’re right. It was magnum, wasn’t it? And I’ll be scared to wear the Sunrise. They’ll be scuffed to hell in one wearing, I’m guessing.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Asics are Pumas with no balls.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Or uh, interchangeable with those Onitsuka Tiger, Martial Arts looking shoes for half the price. Forget Wayne’s kickin like Liu Kang, Kick it like Chun-Li (see youtube: yup yup yup). Plus asics isn’t bone dry with the cush, and has their GEL styles, best if not a limited nonsense “collabo” with X brand here, though which pushes prices up for no cot-damned-reason. You too New Balance. Thanks for the help Chris, noticed Zappos there has free shipping both ways for returns which is a huge help on that front if they don’t fit.

  • bennieblancoh

    I hate the white XII’s… now I am looking forward to the XI’s being re-retroed.