Let me make one prediction before we get started: The Air Jordan line is older than I am and yet I can already guarantee that next year’s sneaker release will make this list of five. The 30th edition of the greatest signature sneaker line ever, for the best player ever? It’s going to be very, very big. Especially since we’re talking 2015 and sneakerheads in this day and age are like a species on their own.
Just look at this year’s launch of the Air Jordan XX9. We had an actual unveiling for the media, then events in both New York and Los Angeles. We had two different variations of the same shoe, which created a lot of questions and a lot of interested consumers sitting there, saying, “Wait. Those are two different shoes!?” (Hint: Sort of.)
The sneaker, thanks to its unique approach with a clean, woven upper. And that amazing (MONSTER!) Jumpman, sure to dominate anyone’s eyes, is just as breathtaking. It made its mark rather quickly. Within hours, social media was abuzz, the sneaker industry aflame.
Now some of that definitely has to do with the present day environment. It’s hard to compare the sneaker culture of even a decade ago to right now, let alone 20 or 30 years ago. You could release a new shoe with big kiddie velcro straps and it’d generate a response. But you gotta give respect where it’s due. The XX9 came. It saw. It conquered. In a day.
Champs Sports will have the latest colorway of the XX9 that’s releasing later this month. Dubbed “Riverwalk,” this one includes a fusion pink and teal color that has it shining purple, and it’ll surely be one of the best sneakers of the season. To get you ready for the takeover, we’re breaking down five Air Jordan Sneakers That Shocked the World upon their release.
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