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Buy, Pass, Wait: KAWS x Air Jordan 4, Air Jordan 1 Royal, Nike Kobe AD NXT

April Fool’s, the Air Jordan 1 Royal isn’t dropping on Saturday, it was just an elaborate joke by Jordan Brand. I can’t believe you fell for that…

Ok, now that I’ve alienated some of our readers who thought it was a joke, you can now buy the Royals in peace this weekend. Have fun, everybody…

Yeah, that’s probably the real April Fool’s joke. Everybody knows the Royals are dropping on Saturday and judging from all the release calendars and retailers that will have the kicks, it shouldn’t be too hard to cop them. They’ll be a lot easier than the KAWS x Air Jordan 4, assuming you don’t already have those safely secured at this point.

KAWS x Air Jordan 4


Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: (BUY) I’m only buying with the implication that I will eventually either trade or sell them down the line. It’s nothing against Brian Donnelly (yes, I actually had to look up his actual name) and I do appreciate his work, but it’s not a KAWS x Air Jordan 3. Just saying, just putting that out there, just gonna let the world know. Make that happen, man…

Renz Ofiaza, News: (BUY) Not just because of its exclusivity, but I really like the monochromatic look and just the overall makeup. That glow-in-the-dark outsole is a nice touch too.

Juan Carrillo, News: (BUY) When’s the last time a Jordan release has garnered this much hype? Although the design of the shoe was not what I anticipated (was hoping for more of a dissected KAWS Companion motif), the decision to give the collab a much more subtle look, makes it much more versatile and easier to wear. To me, this is a collector’s piece so it’s a must-have if you’re given the chance to cop (regardless of the price). Who says Jordans are played out? Ha.

Andres Carrillo, News: (BUY) If you’re a real KAWS fans then it would be dope to have these in your collection. Heard these are reselling for about $2,000 though and since I haven’t really been exposed to KAWS or his work, all I see when I look at this shoe are dollar $IGN$.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Royal


EIC Juan: (BUY) Same deal as the KAWS but to a lesser extent because it’s a general release and there is a small chance these won’t sell out immediately. I am considering the insole swap with Lunar and wearing them out.

Renz: (BUY) You really can’t go wrong with a classic, especially this iconic pair.

News Juan: (BUY) Where’s the option for two pairs? One of my favorite Jordan 1 colorways of all-time. Love the fact that it’s using the same type of leather as the Breds from last year. One of the few Jordans from this year that is considered a must-cop IMO. Good luck getting a pair!

Andres: (BUY) Much like the Bred 1s that I was able to pick up last year, I’ve never owned a pair of Royal 1s and I DEFINITELY need me a pair (or two). Glad the quality is on point. Jordan Brand did a great job with this shoe.

Nike Kobe A.D. NXT


EIC Juan: (BUY) It’s Mamba, of course I’m copping out of sheer loyalty. Or is it irony? There better be a Musecage colorway, dammit…

Renz: (WAIT) I’m not really interested in the first colorways. Design-wise, it’s not that bad either. I like how the sleekness is still there and I’m looking forward to more iterations.

News Juan: (PASS) That’s gonna be a hard Pass for me…..I’m kidding, it’s the easiest pass from this list. Not really sure what Nike was thinking with this new version of the AD, but I’m definitely not a fan of the end result.

Andres: (WAIT) From looking at the official images, I think I like this NXT version better than the original Kobe AD. The Wolf Grey pair is decent, but I think better colorways are coming down the line so I’ll wait.

WWE x Foot Locker x PUMA Clyde

EIC Juan: (GOT ‘EM) Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Renz: (PASS) I fell off the WWE world many years ago but if this released back then, I would have considered it for sure. Overall, I like the classic silhouette utilized and maintaining a versatile look.

News Juan: (BUY) Love the idea, but the execution and outcome was not what I envisioned in my head. I’m a fan of the Clyde and I’m a fan of the WWE. The artwork on the insoles is really dope and so are the custom laces and special packaging. But I feel like the shoe needs a little something extra in order to really stand out. Think about it, once you put your foot on the shoe, your feet is on top of the artwork and the shoe it ends up looking like any other Puma Clyde sans the laces (and little mic logo). I’d have no problem paying good money for a Puma Clyde with dope art on the outside of the shoe, but to have it only on the insoles is a bit of a let down.

Andres: (PASS) This collaboration had SO much potential, but I think it fell short. I like the graphic insoles, but what happens when you actually wear the shoe? You won’t even be able to tell that it’s a wrestling-inspired sneaker. The uppers should have been filled with colors and different materials that make us think of our favorite wrestlers. Great idea by PUMA and WWE, but I don’t like the execution. I’d rather buy the Ultimate Warrior shirt from the collection because it’s obviously the best thing from the collection.

Air Jordan 1 Low Premium


EIC Juan: (PASS) In comparison to the previous premium Air Jordan Low release, it’s hard for me to take these at face value after seeing how much better they looked without a swoosh. That’s right, the Air Jordan 1 Low needs to take an entirely different path now and just go swoosh-less in order to breathe some life into the silhouette.

Renz: (PASS) Other than the No Swoosh version, I’m not that keen on this silhouette in low-cut form. Solid colorways though, but an easy pass for me.

News Juan: (PASS) That Vachetta Tan leather hit on the heel and tongue…Put it on the entire shoe and I’ll be in line to purchase a pair. As is, this is an easy pass.

Andres: (PASS) These Jordan 1s remind me of the “Swoosh-less” pairs that released last year. Not a huge fan of the Jordan 1 Low, especially not in tonal colorways. I’ll pass.

adidas AW BBall


EIC Juan: (WAIT) So wildly different from anything out there at the moment that I feel these have the potential to be a sleeper hit. Alexander Wang really did something unique and special with these and I can’t wait to see them in person. I just don’t see them selling out immediately because of the prohibitive $260 price tag and with everybody trying to chase the KAWS and the Royal 1s this weekend, I can sit back and wait for the price to drop and cop at a later date.

Renz: (PASS) I admire Alexander Wang’s approach but the design looks too abrupt with the the sharpness of the lines. I don’t think it’s a bad-looking pair. I’m not that really into it that much.

News Juan: (PASS) It’s different and I appreciate that, but it’s not really something I see myself wearing often (or ever). Bonus points for giving the shoe some Boost!

Andres: (PASS) Too many people are bashing these. I’m not saying that I would actually buy them, but they’re not that bad. I can’t pull them off, but I know that certain people will be able to.

Haven x adidas Ultra Boost


EIC Juan: (PASS) From afar, it’s another Triple Black Ultra Boost. Up close, it’s… another Triple Black Ultra Boost but with fancier parts.

Renz: (PASS) The silhouette and colorway is pretty solid and I like the cageless look. I’m just not interested really but it’ll be sought after for sure.

News Juan: (BUY) Very cool. The shoe has just enough changes to differentiate it from a normal Triple Black UB Uncaged. The leather hits, most notably on the heel counter are things I really appreciate in this collab.

Andres: (PASS) Another all black Ultra Boost? I think we’ve had enough of these for a while. Give us something with more color, adidas.

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