Let me tell you a football story.
My dad’s been a college football coach for 35-plus years, and I don’t believe he’s ever been with a team with grey-based uniforms. Yet last year, there they were choosing new uniforms for a Division-III school and while I expected all-black — because, really, you can’t go wrong with all-black on the gridiron — I was somewhat surprised to hear the players unanimously wanted grey.
I guess I should’ve seen it coming. The color has a foothold in popular culture now, and the Jordan Brand has a part in that. Whether it’s the sneakers affecting the kids or the other way around, we know this: we can’t deny how dope grey Jordans look. This weekend, that trend continues with the “Sport Blue” Jordan Retro XIV. The name might be referring to the accent color, but don’t get it twisted: this is a grey shoe. An all-grey upper, with darker grey teeth along the midsole region, as well as a lighter grey outsole and grey inner lining, I’ll be surprised if this release doesn’t become one of our favorites when 2014 is all said and one.
In anticipation of this Saturday at Champs Sports, where the XIV will release, here are our five favorite grey Air Jordans.
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