STILL HANGIN' AROUND: Retro Jordans still sittin' on shelves, in stock!

Way back when, Retro Jordan's used to be at the forefront of the sneaker game. Times have changed. And you can now find Retro Jordans still online or still on the shelves at your local sneaker retailers (FootLocker, Champs, Finishline, Footaction, Villa, etc). A few years ago, an Air Jordan still sitting available would be a myth BUT present day it is a fact. Let's take a look at the Retros that are still in stock today and why they may be still sitting... let's get into it.... 

... first up... 

Jordan VI '91 "Alternate"

Jordan VI '91 "Alternate"

 

  • Originally released back in 1991 the Jordan 6 was considered by most as one of the top model Jordan. However, now a days, when Jordan Brand Retros a model they often use different materials or colors. Take these for example....

 

  • As you can see, this model features a white mesh fabric on the upper back panel of the sneaker and it flows through the entire sneaker. Also this sneaker has a grey suede toe box similar to the toe box featured on "Retro Hare 7". And for the OG sneakerheads you'll notice that the "true red" has gone away and you'll get a dark red or a maroonish color on this model.

... next up...  

Jordan Retro VIII '93 "Alternate"

  • This particular model was released back in 1993. Also considered another classic model. Well let's be honest, most Retro Jordans are considered classic models; well at least 1-14 for the most part) Sometimes something as subtle as too much of one color OR a color not placed in a certain place of the sneaker can throw a sneakerhead off. These are called "alternate" because they aren't the Oroginal colorway. The OG sneaker has grey on the midsole and not black.  Also the design on the back upper section of the shoe is different as well. Slight changes can alter the desire of a pair of sneakers. Hence, why these are still sitting on shelves.

 

  • A side by side look of the OG vs the Alternate...
                        OG or Orignal on the Left and the Retro "Alternate" on the right.

                        OG or Orignal on the Left and the Retro "Alternate" on the right.

... Up Next...

  • These 2017 Cherry 13s, and I could be wrong, are almost identical to the OG Retro with the difference of material maybe BUT these sat simply because of the releases around it. These dropped around NBA all star break. All sneaker brands flooded the sneaker market to push their signature athletes featured in the game or allstar weekend. These were just a case of "bad timing" 

... lastly ...  

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  • The chatter around why some people didn't purchase may AMAZE YOU. The word was the back part, around the sock lining area, was too bulky!!! Yes, just slightly thicker than the OG. As mentioned before the slightest alteration can be the deal break. That and people who still have their OGs and they are still clean, there's no reason in buying two pairs. UNLESS, you really like the shoe. Now, aside from the red color on the back of the tongue, these retros are pretty much the same as the OGs that release in prior years ('88, '01, '09, '11). The "Nike Air" on the back seems to add a $30 more of a price now a days, from the usual $190 retail.

The bulkier area of the sock lining u can see here

left side is 2011 less bulky vs right side 2016 more bulky

 

  • The colorway, material used, and retail price seems to play a major role in why these Retros are still in stock today. Also the timing of the release, there are some that sit just because they released with other releases; that have more hype. My honest opinion is I think a few years ago jordan releases were more exclusive and less frequent. I believe the frequency makes them less desired and less exclusive. But in regards to higher prices, Just give them a couple weeks and they will go one sale... THEN ITS BUY TIME!

 

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