February’s here, and the 2013 shoe game is just starting to heat up. Jordan Bred 13’s and Fire Red 5’s are behind us, and there are a bunch of big releases ahead of us in the coming months. One of the biggest releases of 2013 dropped just this past week. A 1988 edition of the Air Jordan 3’s in White/Fire Red-Cement Grey-Black was unleashed on the official online Nike Store on Wednesday the 6th, and was an instant sellout. As difficult [or as impossible] as it might have been to cop a pair from the online Nike Store, these kicks have been confirmed not to be a Nike exclusive. Footlocker and its corporate affiliates like Champs Sports and Eastbay also released the shoe on the 6th. Finding them online now, however, is all but impossible. That is unless you’re willing to go the overpriced eBay or reseller route; and with an inflated price tag of $200, it might be worth a double take.
One of my top Jordan picks this year, the Retro 13 in Squadron Blue/Electric Yellow-Black drops Saturday the 9th. I’m still on the lookout for a pair of Bred 13’s, but for now these will have to do. According to the sneaker sites, this colorway, while not an OG colorway, is receiving a bit of negative reception from the Nike/Air Jordan faithful. That may have a lot to do with the fact that this isn’t an original colorway for the Air Jordan 13; plus the timing of this release is just weeks ahead of the ever popular, “He Got Game” Retro 13 in black, red and white. Nonetheless, this is a definite cop for me. They’ll retail for $170.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been seeing a little more light shed on my second pick of the year, the Air Jordan Retro 4 “Toro”. This is a shoe I referenced last month via 23isback.com. New York Knicks favorite, Carmello Anthony was spotted with them on earlier last year. This is a shoe that’s getting little bit of attention now that clearer images are being leaked, and we’re seeing them on foot. They are said to be constructed with a suede (or more likely nubuck) material, similar to the yellow and black Thunder 4’s released last December.
The biggest release yet in the Foamposite world will drop alongside the Squadron Blue 13’s Saturday the 9th. A premium edition of Nike’s Foamposite, the Foamposite One in a “Fighter Jet” colorway will release with a slightly bumped price tag of $235. They sport an urban-esque grayscale camouflage design around the shoes, while the icy outer sole sits atop a red sole design. These will definitely be a cop for most Foam fans. Although the ‘All White’, Stealth-inspired Foamposite One’s will release March 29th, and for Foamposite fans, the vanilla flavored Foamposites will be a definite cop.
Air Jordan brand’s Retro 3, dubbed “Joker”, in Black/Electric Green-Canyon Purple-White, will drop on Saturday the 16th. I’m still on the fence with this colorway, but seeing as how I don’t have a pair of Retro 3’s, it might be a cop. This is a pair that’s receiving a bunch of positive feedback thus far, the Retro 3’s in ‘Bright Crimson’, however, aren’t as popular with sneakerheads. These will drop on the February 26th.
One of the only other kicks that are really catching my attention this month are a pair of Foamposite-isnpired Barkley’s which are a part of Nike’s space age, color-heavy ‘Area 72‘ pack. This pack includes a low-top Air Lunar Force 1, Vandal’s in a high-top form, and a radical colorway of the Barkley Posite Max. This entire pack is set to release on Valentines Day, February 14th. Out of the pack, the Barkley Posite’s are a favorite of mine. This isn’t the first of the Foam-ed Barkley sneaker we’ve seen this year; the Barkley Posite Max in Eggplant will drop March 9th. The Area 72 version of the Barkley’s are very color intensive, and they’re wielding a price tag of a whopping $250. I don’t know if these are worth that much, but I’ll be on the lookout for them and the Eggplant version.
I’ll have an in-depth with the Squadron Blue 13’s in a day or two. But of course next month’s big drop as I touched on earlier is definitely the highly anticipated “He Got Game” Jordan Retro 13… and of course in April we’ll see a nostalgic release of Bugs Bunny’s favorite sneaker — in Retro 8 form.