As lackluster as the sales might have been this past Saturday, and as much criticism this pair of Air Jordan’s has received, these are still a pretty dope colorway. Here’s my latest cop, Air Jordan’s 13 Retro in Squadron Blue.
Shoe: Air Jordan 13 (Retro) “Squadron Blue”
Product Code: 414571-405
Colorway: Squadron Blue/Electric Yellow-Black
The box’s design is nothing new, and the quality of the shoe here is probably on par with what we saw with the Bred 13’s that released just a few weeks ago. 3M material was absent on the Bred version, and is absent on this pair as well. But the shoe still looks very good. This is a new colorway for the 13, and quite frankly is one of my favorites of the 13.
Due to this release coming just a month ahead of probably one of the biggest Jordan drops of the year; many will opt for the “He Got Game” Retro 13’s over these. This is a re-release of the black, white, and red colorway (which will drop on March 16th) which Denzel Washington sported in his 1998 drama of the same name.
Beyond the little bit of hatred these have received, they were a definite cop for me. While the retail price is set $10 more than the average pair of Air Jordan Retros at $170, the shoe itself is a favorite of many snakeheads.
The big chatter over the last Retro 13 release in a Bred colorway was the lack of 3M material being used on the shoe’s upper. This was only a conversation because the Bred colorway was a re-release of a previous 1998 and 2004 versions of the shoe. 3M material was present on the last release in 2004, yet many Air Jordan shoes being produced lately are not including the better reflective material.
“Squadron Blue”, a shade of a light navy blue-ish hue is used all around the upper as well as the outer sole. Squadron Blue, was also used on a 1997 edition of the original Air Jordan 1 which dropped back on February 2nd.
The “cat eye” design on the outside of the shoe’s upper is as usual in a holographic green. The panther paw-inspired sole of the shoe is done in black and white and the sole’s outer rim is colored with Electric Yellow. This yellow is what adds contrast to the shoe’s appearance.
Other than this shoe being a new colorway, everything is as expected with this Retro 13. The change in materials that Jordan brand chooses to use — which hasn’t been received well by many — is the only thing that separates these two Retro 13 releases from past editions.