Release Lookback: Retro Jordans of 2012 (So Far)

Quite the year for Jordan releases already, huh? Mayans predicted the end of the world, so Jordan apparently decided to prepare us for the, uhh…whatever.

Let’s see, since January 1st, we’ve seen the Jordan 10 “Chicagos”, which predictably disappeared off shelves and outta virtual stockrooms all over the country in a matter of mere minutes; multiple iterations of the unquestionably destined-for-clearance racks everywhere Jordan 8.0s; an all-Navy blue look for the Jordan 1s, remarkably fresh on a classic silhouette, yet slept on and dropping in price.

Image Jordan 10 “Chicago”

Deep breaths now, the shortest month of the year brought arguably the most heat per day, with the February 11th drops – the Royal 10 and the Dave White-designed Jordan 1. The former released to a lukewarm reception, while the limited latter was non-existent on walls within 120 ticks of the big hand on the clock. Since sneakers have grown in popularity and gravitated into the eyes of the masses EVERYWHERE, I was kinda shocked to see the Royal 10s on the wall after a week and a half.

Image Jordan 10 Royal

But I knew the real reason the hype wasn’t on the Royals – the very next week brought back what’s been regarded by many as the dopest designed Jordan in the entire line, the Cement 4s. Timelessly designed by Tinker, he put a little extra love and attention into this. So if you didn’t know a dude who works at a sneaker spot, or know a dude that knows a dude that does, or didn’t camp out, you were gonna pay over retail to cop these:

Image Jordan 4 Cement

Also released (aside from Spizikes, which I don’t advocate) were a bunch of remakes of the Jordan 1 Phat: cool gray/Carolina blue; black and green; Italy Blue/University Blue/orange (yes!).

Musta been a lazy March for folks, because the White/Red 14s and Stealth 10s were absolutely slept on…and for good reason. I loved my W/R OGs when I had them, but times and materials change – Stealths featured black nubuck, while every pair of the 14s sported some runaway glue on the midsoles. Hmm…something about an all-black makeup like this that makes me think of being a waiter. Not likely.

Image Jordan 10 “Stealth”

March saw two drops of long-awaited pairs come out to a minimalist reaction. Two months later, certain Foot Lockers were basement-pricing to clear stock. Shoulda grabbed them on the low, but zzz… Moving on.

Ahhh, April. Third week in – BOOM, Playoff 12s arrived while stores and boutiques scrambled to fetch them. Attack of the hype for resellers everywhere on these, buyers were easily looking at $250 and around $275 on Flight Club. Such is the way of the sneaker game now – mass buying on a limited drop, violent rise in prices for the adorning masses. That carried Jordan thru the 4th month of the year.

Image Jordan 12 Playoffs

May showers couldn’t stop the long-awaited Low 11s from looking super sharp in an all-white makeup with a red sole. Kinda like extra dope Easter shoes, but…later. Well, next year then. I plotted on these for months, made some calls and texts, and I’m still without…

Jordan 11 Low

Didn’t stop there tho – the old tip-of-the-hat for Mike burying the proverbial dagger into the heart of Craig Ehlo and the Cavs back in 1989, the Cavs 4 was ridiculous. One of my favorite colorway on a sneaker ever actually. Cool story, I know.

Jordan 4 “Cavs”

May also brought a new twist on the 12s – a gray/white/orange makeup for the GOAT’s blunder investment, the Charlotte Bobcats. Came out pretty slick and sold out accordingly. Lotta orange that month, I see. Some hidden gems included fresh new colorways for the Jordan 1 Lows: green/navy/white; an almost olive-khaki/gold makeup that was a solid idea.

So far, the summer breeze is teasing us and the military blue 4s dropped. I didn’t get a chance to get my hands on them, although I coulda preordered in February for a guaranteed release…at $200. Bit steep, but something to keep in mind for the future. Jordan releases are sneaker porn, but diversity is key as always.

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