Air Jordan 3 From China

Weekly Air Jordan retro releases have been a constant in sneakers for what seems like forever at this point. Every Saturday morning, the Jumpman continues to find new colors and inspirations—no matter how far fetched some of them might be—to dress Michael Jordan’s various signature sneakers. Despite the large amount of colorways always popping up on store shelves, they don’t always resonate quite the same way that the OG pairs do when they come back around.

The Air Jordan 1 arrived over three decades ago in 1985, and its inaugural color schemes are still among the best. The same goes for the Air Jordan 3, 4, 5, and so on. Due to their popularity, a lot of them still go for a pretty penny on the resell market in deadstock condition. But not all hope is lost. Some of the pairs can be copped for right around retail, if not a little more. It just takes a little bit of looking. Luckily, we already did it for you.

Take a look at 10 of the most affordable OG Air Jordan colorways below.

Air Jordan 1 ‘Shadow’ (2018)

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​​​​​​Retail Price: $160
Average Resell Price: $242

Air Jordan 1s drop in abundance these days. Some might be tired of seeing new colorways dress the model, but the OG colorways should always be welcomed into the rotation. While others like the “Bred” and “Royal” hold a price tag a little to high for us to include here, the 2018 retro of the “Shadow” 1 hovers right around the $240 mark. An Air Jordan 1 you can wear with literally anything is a no brainer.

Air Jordan 3 ‘Black Cement’ (2018)

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Retail Price: $200
Average Resell Price: $252

The Air Jordan 3 is considered by many to be the best of Michael Jordan’s signature sneakers. The “Black Cement” iteration is arguably the best colorway. A handful of retro releases have occurred over the years, but 2018’s is the best value. Sure, you can find older retros for at a slightly lower cost, but the OG “Nike Air” branding on these is worth shelling out a little extra.��

Air Jordan 3 ‘Fire Red’ (2007)

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Retail Price: $125
Average Resell Price: $174

For some reason, the “Fire Red” Air Jordan 3 is an OG colorway that was never quite held in the same regard as some of its counterparts. Lucky for you, that also means it doesn’t fetch a ton on the resell market. You can’t really go wrong with a Chicago Bulls colorway, and the “Fire Red” is definitely a solid option if you want to add a pair of 3s to your collection at a bit of a discount.

Air Max Zero From China

March last year, eight young athletes known as the Imaginairs visited Nike World Headquarters for a look behind the scenes and an opportunity to design the next Air Max Zero with some of Nike’s best footwear designers. This was the first time the Air Max Zero was redesigned for young athletes. Each is now set for release in limited numbers on nike.com.

Here are the eight designs and details of the respective release dates:

Annie Leblanc
IMAGINAIRS 2
IMAGINAIRS 3
IMAGINAIRS 2
IMAGINAIRS 3
IMAGINAIRS 2
IMAGINAIRS 3

Annie Leblanc’s Nike Air Max Zero is available January 20 in grade school sizes on nike.com in North America.

SAM GORDON
IMAGINAIRS 5
IMAGINAIRS 10
IMAGINAIRS 5
IMAGINAIRS 10
IMAGINAIRS 5
IMAGINAIRS 10

Sam Gordon’s Nike Air Max Zero is available January 20 in grade school sizes on nike.com in North America.

Lincoln Markham
IMAGINAIRS 15
IMAGINAIRS 12
IMAGINAIRS 15
IMAGINAIRS 12
IMAGINAIRS 15
IMAGINAIRS 12

Lincoln Markham’s Nike Air Max Zero is available January 20 in grade school sizes on nike.com in North America.

Mark Thomas
IMAGINAIRS 1
IMAGINAIRS 10
IMAGINAIRS 1
IMAGINAIRS 10
IMAGINAIRS 1
IMAGINAIRS 10

Mark Thomas’ Nike Air Max Zero is available January 20 in grade school sizes on nike.com in Europe and North America.

Sulivan Gwed
IMAGINAIRS 7
IMAGINAIRS 10
IMAGINAIRS 7
IMAGINAIRS 10
IMAGINAIRS 7
IMAGINAIRS 10

Sulivan Gwed’s Nike Air Max Zero design is available January 20 in grade school sizes on nike.com in Europe.

Kaycee Rice
IMAGINAIRS 9
IMAGINAIRS 0
IMAGINAIRS 9
IMAGINAIRS 0
IMAGINAIRS 9
IMAGINAIRS 0

Kaycee Rice’s Nike Air Max Zero design is available January 20 in grade school sizes on nike.com in North America.

Mademoiselle Gloria
IMAGINAIRS 5
IMAGINAIRS 14
IMAGINAIRS 5
IMAGINAIRS 14
IMAGINAIRS 5
IMAGINAIRS 14

Mademoiselle Gloria’s Nike Air Max Zero is available January 20 in grade school sizes on nike.com in Europe.

Wang Junkai
IMAGINAIRS 8
IMAGINAIRS 4
IMAGINAIRS 8
IMAGINAIRS 4
IMAGINAIRS 8
IMAGINAIRS 4

Wang Junkai’s Nike Air Max Zero releases in March in grade school sizes on nike.com in North America and Greater China.

Nike Metcon From China

When the Nike Metcon launched in 2015, it had a wrap up the midfoot to provide grip for rope climbs, but it didn’t have a heel clip. Because more athletes began to wear the shoe while doing handstand push-ups, designers saw the opportunity to create a feature that reduced friction on the wall during the movement. Then they lowered the offset to 4mm for the Metcon 3 to provide more support under bars that were getting seriously heavy.

The use of haptic technology on the upper came along in the 4. The rubberized tri-star shapes added strategic durability to high-wear areas like the toe box and sides, and left mesh for breathability and flexibility in other spots. For the 5, designers are including an insert that offers more elevation to accommodate for even heavier lifts and higher reps.

Improving the Nike Metcon has been an incremental task. That’s partly because it’s a beloved shoe (in fact, many Nike athletes have called it the “perfect shoe”), and partly because it follows the progress of the sport of training. Athletes are getting faster and stronger. Loads are getting heavier and movements are getting harder and more varied.

Thus, since the Metcon 1, the challenge has always been to push the boundaries of stability, durability and comfort to continue to support the evolution of training.

Throughout the design and engineering process for the Metcon 5, Nike’s top CrossFit athletes — including three-time Fittest Man on Earth, Mat Fraser, and six-time CrossFit Games athlete Lauren Fisher — and everyday athletes put the Nike Metcon 5 through more than 9,000 hours of hardcore testing. They maxed lifts, hammered out 400s, did wall ball after wall ball, burpee box-jumped and more.

Additionally, grip, traction and abrasion-resistance testing was done in the Nike Sport Research Lab to make sure the data validated the design updates. The resulting shoe isn’t just the most durable iteration of the Metcon, it’s Nike’s most stable, most durable shoe period.

Air Jordan 21 From China

Slated to drop later on this month, check out these detailed images of the upcoming Air Jordan 12 Game Royal.

This new colorway of the Air Jordan 21 is a brand new colorway of the silhouette that comes dressed in a Black and Game Royal color scheme. Notably reminiscent of the popular red/black “Flu Game” Air Jordan 12, this variation flaunts bold Game Royal as the main hue instead. Composed of premium black tumbled leather and blue adorning the textured suede overlay across its forefoot, the model is further detailed with more blue adorning the miniature branded side panels, branded heel and the entire rubber outsole to top off the two-tone style.

Look for this Air Jordan 12 at select Jordan Brand stores and online on September 21 for $190. Click and bookmark our official Air Jordan 12 “Game Royal” hub page now for everything you need to know about the sneaker and where to buy it online. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.

Yeezy From China

Kanye West‘s legions of adoring fans have been waiting for the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v3 for over three years, and after West himself debuted the design when he stepped out in a pair this July, we now have our best look yet at the newest adidas Yeezy creation. Arriving in both a bold black and a stark white that’s garnered an “Alien” nickname, the fresh silhouette manages to retain the line’s signature ethos while adding a vast amount of new detailing and styling as well. Although both uppers still feature a full Primeknit construction, they’re much more pared-down, replacing the structured collar of the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 with a more sock-like iteration that’ll grip the ankle, and adding sizeable midfoot holes above a wide translucent stripe for ventilation. There’s a new print to be had on both colorways as well, one that’s almost digi camo-esque in its abstract stylings, while a single stitch runs the full length of the toebox and throat, coming to a head at the collar. Although the uppers do indeed present a fresh new look, the midsole is unquestionably the most different piece, as every inch of it has been re-worked. Gone are the ridged details from the past two Yeezy 350 models, replaced instead by a smooth semi-translucent shell that’s more basketball-inspired. The outsole also opts for a traditional herringbone traction pattern, and is cut out both in the heel and the forefoot to show the Boost cushioning and offer extra flexibility. Both colorways are set to arrive in December, and will come with a slightly increased price point of $230 USD. Check out on-foot shots of both below, let us know what you think of the new design, and stay tuned to our Sneaker Release Dates page for info and updates on an exact date of arrival as they’re available.

Nike Dunk From China

Over the past few weeks, the potential Off-White™ x Nike Dunk Low silhouettes have been dominating headlines.

To finally confirm the forthcoming collaboration, Virgil Abloh posted an official look at the “Pine Green” Off-White™ x Nike Dunk Low colorway to his personal Instagram account. Along with sharing the photo he wrote, “1 of 3⁣ @off____white c/o nike” in the caption, also suggesting two more iterations are on there way. Signature Off-White™ branding is found on the medial side, while orange, hiking-inspired lacing runs across the standard Dunk Low lacing system.

Along with the green colorway surfacing on the web, images of a “University Red” iteration have also been floating around. Rumors are suggesting that the Off-White™ x Nike Dunk Lows will be releasing this October. Keep it locked here for more details when they surface.

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Air Jordan 27 From China

Changing up the formula ever-so-slightly — with its React creations surely acting as the initiator of such a tooling — the Air Jordan 1 returns once more though now with a Zoom unit in place of its classic Air. Surely not as modified totally, the package is one familiar along its upper with touch-ups by way of an iridescent and reflective finish adding further allure to the standard bits of panelling. Color blocking is essentially nonexistent, favoring the singular tone of a deep, space-reminiscent purple that takes light and Air Jordan 27 brightens up as if the aurora borealis itself. Small accent notes of red across the tongue and the profile tab call attention to the various branding while debossed hits at the heel make connection to more futuristic tech; outsoles, which sit underneath a solid block of the same sultry shade, is half translucent in a finish of light, light blue. Grab a detailed look at the pair right here and find it expected to arrive at Nike.com as well as select retailers come March 14th.
Air Jordan 1 Zoom
Release Date: March 14th, 2020
$175

Yeezy 950 From China

Since Kanye West departed from Nike and partnered up with Adidas to debut the Adidas Yeezy, Yeezys have quickly become a coveted shoe among sneaker enthusiasts.

“I brought back that feeling. You ain’t never felt about a shoe since the Jordans the way people feel about the Yeezys,” said West in an interview with former Hot 97 radio personality Angie Martinez minutes before he announced his deal with Adidas.

In 2015, Adidas launched West’s Yeezy line by releasing the Yeezy Boost 750 Light Brown for $350 in extremely limited quantities, which left the sneaker community scrambling to get their hands on a pair. Since then, the brand has released the Yeezy Boost 350, 350 V2, 700, Yeezy Powerphase, Yeezy 500 and Yeezy 950 in various colorways.

Prior to being revitalized due to the collaboration, Adidas has found itself behind Nike and Air Jordan for years. However, the demand for Yeezys bolstered the Germany founded company to surpass Jordan brand as the second-most popular sneaker in the United States last year.

“Adidas allowing him to say and give more input on what he likes just makes it so much better,” said 32-year-old Po Cruz, a Yeezy advocate, and collector.

In spite of the success of West’s signature shoes with Adidas, he has admitted to being against the small quantity and high price point. “I didn’t want them to be limited actually. That’s something that the company did. I really want as many people to get them as possible. I don’t want the price to be 350. I don’t want to play this sneaker culture game,” he said in an interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club in 2015.

Depending on the varied models, Adidas Yeezy retail prices range from $120 to $585, and yet they cost more on the secondary market because of how limited certain pairs are. In fact, according to the market where you can buy and sell deadstock sneakers StockX, the Adidas Yeezy Boost 750 Light Brown sold for $6,000 on February 22, 2016, which is 17 times more than the original price.

As of 2018, the current state of Yeezys has drastically changed. Although pairs such as the Yeezy Boost 350 Turtle Dove, Oxford Tan, Moonrock and Pirate Black continue to be worth more than $1,000, several other Yeezys have dropped in value due to mass production.

Among the shoes that have been rereleased in large amounts is the Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner, Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Triple White and Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Zebra, which has ultimately changed the perspective of how consumers look at the brand.

“They’re making the same shoe over and over in different colors, then rereleasing some of the same colors again. People get tired of it because they either have it or don’t want it at that point,” said 23-year-old Christopher Mercado. Many consumers have argued about the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 model being ruined because it’s been produced in 13 different colorways (and counting).

But regardless of what sneaker collectors and resellers have to say about Adidas deciding to bring West’s decision to life, his original plan was for everyone to have his signature shoe. Though the hype behind the shoes has decreased significantly since the rereleases of certain colorways and perhaps his political views, the demand is without a doubt still there as Yeezys continue to sell out, just not as quick as before.

Furthermore, the partnership between Adidas and West has shifted the sneaker culture. The years of Nike and Air Jordan dominating the footwear industry in the United States has officially come to an end since the Adidas Yeezy. As for history repeating itself, consumers will definitely see the early days of the collaboration again with new highly anticipated silhouettes such as the Yeezy Basketball, Yeezy Boost 350 V3, Yeezy 451 and many more expected to release in 2019.

“The hype doesn’t die, it just gains a broader appeal which makes it less cool to the people that were there from the beginning,” said Brooklyn College student Eddie King.

Paul George Shoes From China

Getting fans equipped for the upcoming hoop season, Nike has new Team Bank styles for its latest signature basketball models, including Paul George’s PG 3.

The wide array of options include black, white, grey, blue, navy, and red decorating mesh-constructed uppers, contrasted by a white Zoom Air-cushioned midsole and corresponding hues on the Swoosh branding and outsole.

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Expect the Nike PG 3 Team Bank to arrive on Nike.com and at select Nike Basketball retailers in the coming weeks for $110 each.

Nike Air Span From China

After making its return last year, the Nike Air Span 2 is continuing to release in new colorways offering different options for aficionados of the silhouette. The latest pair that will soon be made available comes covered in mix of grey tones on the upper which comes constructed out of mesh with leather overlays for a classic look. A pop of color is then seen on the branding that appears on the side panels, ankles, tongue, and heel as well as on the upper eyelets which have all been done in yellow. Down below we see a white midsole and a white/grey/black/yellow outsole to finish things off. This Nike Air Span 2 will be arriving at select Nike retailers in the near future for $110. Is this a cop or pass for you?