For as long as I can remember, Air Jordan retros have been the “IT” when it comes to sneakers. I didn’t really know anything about shoes until I got to high school. In 2004 I bought my first pair of retros, the Air Jordan 2 Black/Chrome. When I bought them I didn’t even know that they were retros, I just bought them because I liked them. But as the months and years passed by, I noticed a few people at school would have some fresh kicks weekend after weekend (retros), and that’s when I started getting interested in shoes.
Fast-forward to 2011-2012 and the Air Jordan retro craze was at an all time high (Side note: Can you believe I bought a pair of Bordeaux 7s for below retail back in 2011?! Crazy!!). As soon as I graduated college I remember pretty much every single retro that released was selling out instantly online and in-stores. This was the time when people were allowed to camp-out outside of malls and stores, which unfortunately resulted in some senseless acts of violence.
When Jordan Brand announced in 2014 that they were going to be “remastering” their retros in 2015 and also increasing the price AGAIN, people weren’t tOo happy. I was one of those people thinking, “OK, you’re raising the price because you’re giving us better materials and craftsmanship that is similar to the OGs, so what’s your excuse for raising the price the years before when you kept the same subpar quality”? While the high prices and high production numbers for this year’s retros are a big part of the reason they don’t sell out instantly anymore, I feel that there’s more reasons why that is. Sometimes it can be because of a bad colorway or a certain retro that people aren’t drooling over (see: Air Jordan 20). So here I have a compiled a list of 10 Air Jordan Retros Of 2015 That Didn’t Sell Out Instantly and the reasons why I think that was the case.
Note, I know there is more than 10 retros that didn’t sell out instantly this year, but I wanted to keep this list to just 10.
This Air Jordan 1 Low released during NBA All Star Weekend that was SWAMPED with lots of releases. I’m not sure if it just got lost in the shuffle of all the other releases like the Air Jordan 10 “Bulls Over Broadway” and “Lady Liberty”, or people just weren’t really feeling this shoe. Everyone loves the classic “bred” colorway on the Air Jordan 1, just not the low top version. If you waited long enough, you were able to pick these up for below retail.