In 2012 we saw over a half a dozen Air Jordan 9 Retro releases, and a few other notable releases, including Bred and Thunder 4’s, Raptor 7’s, and the infamous Bred 11’s. In my last Shoe Game post, I rather missed a lot of information about upcoming releases this month — thanks to me relying on only one site for release info. But thanks to Kicks On Fire, The Closet Collectors, and Sneaker News I’m back on track. At first glance it looked like Jordan brand only had one major release to look forward to in January 2013, which was the Retro 5’s in Fire Red. Two popular pairs of the Retro 1, however, dropped on the January 5th, however. The legendary Chicago Bulls ‘home’ colorway as well as a special New York Knicks-inspired colorway were released.
While the Bulls Retro 1 in White/Varsity Red-Black was released as a normal pair of Jordan Retro’s with an MSRP of $110, the New York Knicks colorway dropped with a heftier price tag of $140. That price tag is closely related to the fact that this pair includes the actual Nike Air logo around the shoe, and not the jumpman logo. This feature is going to relate this pair to the original Air Jordan 1’s which came out in the 1980s. The 80’s original release also included the Nike Air logo. The rarity here involves the fact that prior to the original Air Jordan 3, the 1 and 2 both only displayed the Nike Air and/or the original Air Jordan ‘wings’ logo. This is because the fabled jumpman silhouette hadn’t been introduced yet.
Besides these two pairs of Retro 1’s, the Retro 13’s in Black/Varsity Red-White (otherwise known as Bred 13’s) launched nationwide in most Jordan accounts on January 12th, and was a widespread sell out. These were a re-release of the same 2004 colorway. They are largely identical, with the omission of 3M material being used on the black upper which has been a topic of debate amongst sneaker heads. While I didn’t get to pick those up, the Squadron Blue 13’s which drop next month are a definite cop for me. There is another pair of Air Jordan Spiz’ikes in Challenge Red that have been slated for a January release for a while, yet there is no date set yet. We’re already in the middle of the month, and I wouldn’t be surprised if these end up getting pushed back.
The last major release in Retro Air Jordan’s for January will be the Fire Red 5’s. These are also a pick of mine, but I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I’ll pick them up. These will be a general release, available in most stores on the 26th of this month.
We’ll also see the unusual Joker and Crimson Retro 3 colorways in February, and there is special pair of Retro 3’s modeled after the edition that will also don the Nike Air logo. These are said to have a price tag of $200. I can’t nail down the exact date for a the ‘He Got Game’ Retro 13’s, but they are due out in March. There’s also another pair of Retro 4’s that are slated for release in August in a red, gray and white colorway (thanks, 23isback.com)… these are looking like my second pick of the year after the Squadron Blue’s.
Of course, Grape 5’s are due in May, and some other Air Jordan’s to be released in 2013 include Laney 11’s, 12’s in black and white, an alternate Fire Red colorway of the Retro 5’s, and another pair I’ve got my eye on is the ‘Playoff’ Retro 8’s in black, red and white.