March 23 had been rumored as a restock day for Jordan brand’s biggest shoe of 2012, and shortly after it was confirmed that the Retro 11 in “bred” flavor were coming back out. Alongside those, we already knew Nike’s Foamposite’d variation of Sir Charles’s newest signature kicks were set to drop. This pair was a surprise pickup from last weekend. The price tag alone is going to shy away those who aren’t already in bed with the thought of dropping more than $200 on a pair of kicks. On top of that, this isn’t a classic colorway that most of your wardrobe will already go with. The Barkley Posite Max in Eggplant includes an upper with an iridescent finish, with an overall purple look. This new line from Nike is known for its active colorways and glow-in-the-dark sole. Here they are:
Shoe: Nike Barkley Max “Eggplant”
Product Code: 555097-003
Just a few weeks ago, Nike graced a smaller set of stores with their highly anticipated Area 72 pack — sometimes referred to as the Ray Gun pack due to the gun-wielding animated alien mascot presented on the shoes. That pack included a pair of Vandal’s, Lunar Force 1’s, and the Barkley Posite Max with a busy yet sick colorway. With the price set at $235 for that shoe, its limited, quick strike (aka QS) launch granted resellers the go ahead to price their pairs on eBay for well over $400 to $500. The Closet Collectors website was seeking those for a cool $750 at one point. The eggplant version of the shoe, while a decent sellout, was available at many more retailers than the Area 72 flavor of the shoe. This will probably mean resellers won’t bring in quite as much for this pair. I myself saw the shoe at the big stores like Footlocker, but they were also in Jimmy Jazz, and City Gear. Shoes in the Area 72 pack were strictly a quick strike, with very limited availability.
This pair takes cues from the Barkley Air Max and Nike’s other expensive, higher-tech shoe, the Air Foamposite. They blend them together to make a shoe that once again emulates Sir Charles with his likeness on the back of the shoes in silhouette form. One of CB’s more famous quotes is even on the shoes’ sole. Much like the Barkley Air Max, these were designed with an air pocket. Nike’s standard and premium Air Foamposite models include Zoom Air technology, while these use their more conventional Air Max architecture. The air pocket, or air bubble as some refer to it isn’t that easy to spot, due the speckled pattern on the pocket which wraps around the back half of the shoe’s sole. Under that, the pocket is actually tinted the same purple color which is visible on the shoe’s iridescent upper.
The most iconic feature of any Charles Barkley-inspired shoe has to be the likeness of an elephant’s toenails on the outsole of the shoe, and those are definitely present here. These relate to Barkley’s elephant-like stature on the court. These design cues are visible on the inside and outside of the sole, like the Barkley Air Max. As for the Foamposite side of things, the foam material is a bit less prevalent on this shoe than on original Air Foamposites. While Foamposites usually include the foam material on the entire upper of the shoe, these sport the material on about half the upper. The rest is simply nubuck. That in itself is a bit of a letdown especially with this shoe, because the Area 72 variation of the Barkley Posite Max included the popular but sometimes rare reflective 3M material on its upper. Other style cues the shoe takes from the Foamposite line include the minimalistic swooshes on the toe box and outside heel. On more recent pairs in the Foam line, it seems that Nike’s done away with the large swoosh on the shoe’s side. The Barkley Posite Max follows suit, and are absent of a large check on the side. There’s also an arch plate similar to the Foamposite’s on the inside arch of the shoe which is constructed out of a hard carbon fiber material.
Unlike the Barkley Air Max, yet much like the Air Foamposite, this shoe’s innards are complete with a stock liner. The original Barkley Air Max had a simple Achilles tendon support, but not an entire sock liner. And last but not least, one of the most attractive and show-stopping features of the shoe is the glow-in-the-dark sole. No ice here. The last shoe with this kind of sole was the Penny V “Invisibility Cloak”, whose colorway was very similar to this Barkley. The entire sole of both shoes are made of this hard rubber greenish glow-colored material. The luminescence on the sole is interrupted by words on both shoes that when put together form the phrase, “Not A Role Model”. This is a quote from Barkley back in 1993, when he commented on athletes’ responsibilities as public fugues.
I like these shoes. When I first saw them, I instantly thought they were a cop. I’m a fan of the Barkley Air Max in Dark Grey/Photo Blue-Action Green, and if you’ve been reading the blog lately, I recently became an official Foamposite fan. These were a no-brainer for me. The $235 price tag is about as steep as they come, but that also means it’ll turn heads because of its scarcity. If you can get past that con of the shoe, they’re a pretty dope cop. True sneakerheads will appreciate this pair when they see them on foot.