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In Shoe News: Iraqi ‘shoe-thrower’ to be freed on Monday says lawyer

(this was just plain funny… and if you must know, it was a size 10.5)


Space Jams Releasing… in December?

You know I just love reading comments and seeing videos from people who love (or no love) what they get. Nightwing2303 gave us a look at a pair of sneakers he purchased from VMV Inc online. It is a good video of the sneaker if you wanted even more views of them.

Nightwing2303 did a follow up comment on The Shoe Game:

Sorry about my lack of enthusiasm lol! That is what I sound like when I am excited… Im just real laid back. If I saw MJ himself in the flesh, on the inside I would be acting like an Nsync fan who just had Timberlake’s sweat drip on their shirt but on the outside I stay fairly reserved. I was excited however but also slightly disappointed the more I had inspected them. There are quite a few things that didnt sit right with me, the warped ankle area was just the most obvious. There were glue marks on the patent area, the leather on the heal had been put on a little sloppy AND the side panel of one of the shoes already had a fat crease on the patent leather?!?! How do you crease the SIDE of the damn shoe? Anyways, I am happy I got them since I had spent all my hard earned savings for the concords back in ‘01 (I was in high school so I was broke) so I missed the Jams… and I still “miss” them now like someone else said on here, they arent really space jam XIs they are retro XIs in a black varsity royal and white makeup. But F-it I just love shoes.

So that’s that.

I was going to get 2 pair of these Space Jams but I agree that quality is down with JB. Now its true that not every sneaker is going to be made perfectly (they must make thousands of these so a pair or 2 will  be messed up), I do think there is a consistent quality (or lack thereof) that has been going on with Jordans (retros specifically).

Space Jams releasing in December?

I hoe to see a confirmation of this. Otherwise I think they are coming out on Black Friday in November. But Nike has surprised us in the past (black on black Half Cent Penny’s anyone?) so i guess its a wait and see.

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Rainbow Bright Air Jordan 6 Olympic RELEASED

Not only does the rainbow lead to a Air Jordan 6, but when you get there you will only find limited sizes left. There may be allot of people (including me) who did not like this sneaker too much (although I will admit, thanks to SneakGeekz, after seeing the video they do look pretty good), but they sure are selling out.

Could be those same speculators (who cause the housing mess) who think people will buy these for more than the store asking price so they bought 10 each and went straight to eBay. Anyway, while Finishline is almost sold out, Eastbay has the usual suspects left (sizes 7 – 13).

Wanna see the video? Here it is:

More Pictures

So the choice is yours. do you want to get this? I am not going to get it, but if you are a real Jordan Head then I would highly advise you get this sneaker. Hell, even I should get them considering that I am supposed to be starting my massive sneaker collection (and diecast cars too, but that is another story)

Here is the description from Eastbay (since they currently have the most sneakers available):

Taking inspiration from the heritage of the AJ X, the Jordan Olympic 6 will provide the ultimate experience in a player’s quest for perfection. Named after one of the greatest events worldwide, this pair of kicks is made with a combination of rich leathers and suede, plus a foam-backed internal booty system that provides a snug, high-performance fit. The midsole is comprised of full-length Phylon™ with Zoom Air™ units for superior cushioning. The outsole is solid rubber with anatomically correct flex grooves for excellent traction.

So will you get history? Lawd knows June 2008 is gonna be a hot month for Jordan releases. My wallet is gonna be screaming at me.

PS

Message to Brand Jordan… you are killin’ me with the patent leather. Please don’t put it on everything and everywhere LOL


In Sneaker News: Kobe needs to embrace Jordan legacy

Is it really Micheal Vs Kobe?

Or should it be Kobe embracing being the next Micheal Jordan?

As you can read here, some people’s opinion is that Kobe should not run away from the legacy, he should embrace it.

Not an option. The idea that Bryant should be considered apart from Jordan is plainly preposterous, and now — near the conclusion of a season in which Bryant has at long last shown himself to be authentically Jordanesque — more than ever. As it happens, given Bryant’s famously voracious appetite for victory and his place in basketball history, he has but one satisfactory option. Fortunately, for him at least, it’s not only doable, but highly probable. Bryant needs two trophies here: one denoting a Lakers championship, and another commemorating his performance and the 2008 Finals MVP.

Kobe can be Kobe all he wants. But anything less will diminish his legacy.

Is it still necessary to itemize the basis for comparison? Kobe Bryant came of age in the age of Michael Jordan. For him to have idolized anyone else would’ve been setting his sights too low, a form of slumming. Their similarities were pronounced by the time Bryant announced his sneaker deal as a high school senior in 1996. They were the same size, and played the same position the same way. Bryant mimicked the mannerisms — the shrug, the finger wag, even the way in which he cradled his first championship trophy — while mastering Jordan’s real moves.

Interesting. So now what?


We Are All Doomed: Larry Byrd Skechers

I just saw this commercial and thought I heard wrong… but I wasn’t wrong. I was so right. I am not sure the kids will be all over this. I mean, will they even know who Larry Byrd is?

I guess time will tell. For me, this just confirms just how big the footwear market has become for the kiddies. Everybody is trying to get their foot in there. As soon as I see them online I’ll post a picture here.


Nike.com Has A Special Sub-Site of Stuff

As I found out through Get A Clue (a fellow WordPress blog user), there is a Nike site that shows all kinds of stuff including a history of Air Force Ones. I think they also give you wallpapers too so if you want that sort of thing.