You know why you’re here. You want to know just exactly the Kicks On Fire staff thinks about this weekend’s releases, especially what we think about the highly anticipated Atmos x Air Jordan 3 pack that just so happens to include the return of the winner of last year’s wild Air Max Day Vote Back, the Atmos x Nike Air Max 1 collab. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that we tend to agree with the sneaker community when it comes to the reaction to the included Air Jordan 3. But what about the rest of the weekend’s drops, including the Silver Surfer Foams, a new Jordan retro, a remixed AM1 and a new pair for Damian Lillard? Find out in this edition of Buy, Pass, Wait.
Atmos x Air Jordan 3 x Nike Air Max 1 (Buy The Pack Or Just The AM1)
Juan Martinez, Editor-In-Chief: (Just The Air Max 1) Between the translucent sole and the nubuck upper, the Air Jordan 3 collab wasn’t what I was hoping for when word got out that this project might actually happen. I’m all about copping the classics to have that history so I hope to be able to secure a pair of the Air Max 1, but I’m really more about creating new classics and the Air Jordan 3 is not in that category.
Renz Ofiaza, News: (BUY As A Pack) The only detail I dislike from this pack is the outsole of the AJ 3. This pack won’t be releasing anytime again soon, so I’m all for acquiring this exclusive set. I’m a sucker for the theme too.
Nike Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 Air Max Day
EIC Juan: (BUY) If Nike wants to keep the retro train moving they need the expand the Ultra into all their legacy models. Keep everything on the outside looking as close to the OG as possible at a reasonable price, but trim all the fat on the inside and make them lightweight and comfortable to wear. Basically, all Ultra everything.
Renz: (PASS) The updated tech makes the sneaker more functional, but I still prefer the silhouette in its OG build. This pair is still a winner, especially in this colorway.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Silver Surfer
EIC Juan: (BUY) Not because I’m dying to blow that much money on a pair of Foams, but I have to support the community for finally getting a Marvel sneaker nickname correct this time. It’s all not silver like Norrin Radd is, but it’s a lot closer to the Surfer than poorly-named Dr. Doom is.
Renz: (WAIT) Still one of my favorite bball sneakers. I would’ve purchased these instantly years ago but I’ll only consider it at a lower price point.
News Juan: (PASS) Foams are not my thing. Never will be. If it wasn’t for working at KicksonFire, I would have forgotten that these drop this weekend.
Andres: (PASS) It’s still hard for me to believe that retail price for a pair of Foamposites is $250! I mean don’t they all end up going on sale a few weeks later anyway? These are decent, but I’m just not a Foam guy. And maybe for half the price.
adidas Dame 3 Legacy
EIC Juan: (BUY) The Dame 3 is just different from the all the NBA signature shoes this year, going for a more fashion-friendly approach with it’s lacing panels than in previous iterations. I have a feeling these will be appreciated long after they’re off the market. A cult classic in the making.
Renz: (WAIT) I like this style in tonal finishes and this version is pretty solid. The color combo is pretty stylish and classic.
News Juan: (PASS) Very clean, but I don’t really see myself buying a lot of basketball shoes any time soon (PG 1s are the exception and retros don’t count)
Andres: (WAIT) There’s something about an all-white/cream sneaker with a gum sole that always catches my eye. The Dame 3 is clean and this is one of the better colorways to release. Definitely a dope shoe to rock during the Summer.
Air Jordan 12 Low Wolf Grey
EIC Juan: (PASS) It’s not leather, it’s not something for me to care about.
Renz: (BUY) I’m usually against this model in low-top form, but in this finish, it’s really an appealing option. I would’ve liked it even more in a darker grey tone like the PSNY 12s though.
News Juan: (PASS) Eh. It does nothing for me. Kins of looks like those Wolf Grey / Blue 12s that dropped last year. I mean, if you’re going to release 12 Lows, I’d want the colorways to look different from the Mids, right?
Andres: (PASS) Not only are these Lows (which I don’t like), but what’s up with the perforations all over the upper?? This colorway had potential but it feels like another pair of 12s that Jordan Brand just rushed. Why? I don’t really know.
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