Jordans or NMDs? That is the burning question on sneakerhead’s minds. Yes, the Yeezys have jumped over both in terms of mindshare, but their rarity is so extreme that they occupy a totally different space. In terms of actually seeing a sneaker in person at a store, the two hottest names at the moment are Jordans and NMDs and this weekend we are going to see a handful of both with a “premium” take on a classic, arguably the most intriguing colorway of the latest from the Jumpman and a trio of NMDs that are sure to tickle the fancy of three stripes fans everywhere. Enjoy this uh, very focused edition of Buy, Pass, Wait, our weekly segment where the Kicks On Fire Staff talks about the weekend’s most notable releases.
Air Jordan 4 Premium Obsidian
Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: (PASS) I like the execution with the quilted upper and premium touches, but I don’t care for the Obsidian color in this case. Also that box better be sturdy and secure if someone is paying $400 for them. I better be able to drop it and come away with nary a scratch.
Renz Ofiaza, News: (WAIT) It’ll most likely sell out, but, for that steep price tag, I’d rather buy from a designer label. I’m not hating on the colorway and construction though, it’s a really great looking pair.
Juan Carrillo, News: (WAIT) The more I look at the shoe, the more I like it. I just can’t make myself drop 4 bills on them. Not saying I would never pay $400 for a sneaker, or never have, I just don’t feel like doing so right now. Regardless, it’s a beautiful shoe nonetheless!
Andres Carrillo, News: (WAIT) I’m a big fan of the Air Jordan 4 and this is a really nice colorway. I just can’t pay $400 for this shoe though. If lots of people pass on it and it somehow falls down to $200 I would consider buying a pair. That probably won’t happen though.
Air Jordan XXX1 Fine Print
EIC Juan: (WAIT) If only that Jumpman wasn’t there, it would be an instant cop. Maybe a Sharpie might be effective in blocking it out…
Renz: (WAIT) The colorway is pretty timeless and versatile, so you can’t go wrong with one. The signature on the outsole is a cool detail too, but, I’ll wait for it at a lower price.
News Juan: (PASS) The Jordan 31 is looking pretty dope from where I stand and I see myself owning a pair of 31s in the near future. With this pair being one of the first colorways, I’d rather wait a bit and see what other colorways Jordan Brand has up their sleeve.
Andres: (WAIT) I recently saw the Air Jordan 31 Banned in person and I liked it. This Fine Print colorway is just as clean and I would definitely consider picking up a pair for the right price (around $120). I’ll just have to stay patient and hope people pass on it.
adiads NMD R1 Triple Black
EIC Juan: (PASS) Only because I’m overwhelmed by the number of NMDs I already have. Yes, I know that makes me sounds like a jerk, but a Triple Black (or a Triple Red or Triple White for that matter) is just not going to convince me to cop another one…
Renz: (BUY) It’s really about time the sole unit was colored in this shade. This pair is certainly a crowd pleaser.
News Juan: (PASS) The tonal look fits the shoe very well, but like I’ve said in the past, I’m not crazy about the NMD model. If I were to ever get the pair, it would have to be a really dope colorway preferably in with Primeknit construction.
Andres: (PASS) Out of all the colorways from the NMD Colored Boost Pack that are releasing this it the only pair that I would consider actually buying. An all-black NMD is something that is easy to wear and I’ve heard is pretty comfortable. But these will probably sell out pretty quick which means I won’t have a chance. I’m fine with that though. I’ll just keep waiting a bit longer to buy my first NMD.
adidas NMD R1 Solar Red
EIC Juan: (PASS) See above. Also, are they really calling this Solar Red? It’s interesting that Nike’s idea of Solar Red is closer to pink and adidas’s closer to orange.
Renz: (PASS) I’m an advocate for this silhouette, although, this colorway is too bright for my taste (now). A few years ago, I would’ve certainly considered.
News Juan: (PASS) Same thing as the Black pair. It has that dope tonal look, but I don’t see myself wearing this pair a lot. I’d rather pass on these and pick up other sneakers with Boost on them.
Andres: (PASS) Isn’t the all red sneaker trend dead? Plus this looks more like orange than red. Easy pass for me.
adidas NMD XR1 Triple Black (Kinda)
EIC Juan: (PASS) Ok, it’s not really a Triple Black because the upper is striped, but I’m still not sold on the addition of a cage to the upper that’s not unlike an Ultra Boost and calling it a day.
Renz: (BUY) I like the design of the sneaker overall and I like how the upper isn’t treated in all-black. It’s versatile and perfect for everyday wear, so it’s a nice option to buy this season.
News Juan: (WAIT) I don’t see these sitting on shelves, but this is definitely my favorite pairs from the 3 NMDs dropping this weekend. The new look of the upper helps give the shoe a refreshing feel. It’s crazy hat a few changes can do to the entire look of a shoe, right?Good work, adidas, you’ve got yourself a winner!
Andres: (PASS) I’ve seen the adidas NMD XR1 in a variety of colorways but it just doesn’t grasp my attention, not even with colored Boost. I prefer the original NMD much better.
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