In middle school and on into my early years in high school, I loved playing AAU basketball not just because I loved to hoop or because we traveled or because we had a nice squad or because we played good competition. It was also the colors.
Our first day of practice, I remember finding out the “Renegades” were going to sport a black, red, and white color scheme, with black and white-based jerseys to choose from. I lost it. A young kid like that, a Bulls fan… a Jordan fanatic? Oh, it was on. I couldn’t wait. I had grown up wearing green and white in middle school and in high school we were black, yellow, and white — technically, that black was supposed to be brown but no one was trying to rock brown and yellow — so I felt like my life was finally coming full circle.
Black and red and white? Are you serious?!
Michael Jordan’s signature Air Jordan line is what made that colorway. It transformed sneaker culture. I always image what our world would look like if Jordan had played for the Lakers or the Celtics or just about anyone else. It’s hard to say, hard to imagine when you think about how many classic Air Jordans are “Bred” colorways.
Bred is a hit no matter what shoe Jordan released it on, but in a weird twist, we rarely saw all-red J’s. Customizers eventually took it upon themselves to create their own, but that was something I always wondered about. Seeing the public’s infatuation with sneakers like the Red Octobers, why didn’t the Jordan Brand go to the all-red well more often?
This weekend, the Jordan 14 “Ferrari” is releasing at Champs Sports, a shoe that’s been in the making for over a decade. It’s going to be one of the biggest sneaker releases of the year, continuing a trend that’s now perfectly clear: sneakerheads love red shoes. Jordan should follow suit.
In anticipation of this release, we’re taking a look back at some of the best all-red releases over the years. There haven’t been many, but they almost always work.
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