Nike Celebrates MJ’s 1st Title With Air Jordan 6 “Championship Cigar”


It’s hard to believe Michael Jordan won his first NBA Title about 25 years ago. MJ laced up his trusty Air Jordan 6’s and defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in only 5 games. This would serve as the cornerstone in a run of three straight championships for Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

This summer, Nike will honor Jordan’s first NBA Championship with the Air Jordan 6 Retro “Championship Cigar” edition. It is common knowledge that MJ would spark up a choice cigar after each and every NBA Championship win. The sneakers are made to look like a cigar, decked out in premium leather and even feature a replica championship ring. A must have for fans of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. They are set to drop this summer, stay with us as more release information drops, and thanks to @kicksordie for the photos!


Air Jordan To Celebrate MJ’s Time With Birmingham Barons


This Spring, Air Jordan is set to celebrate Michael Jordan’s time as a minor league baseball player for the Birmingham Barons with a unique sneaker release. Check out the Air Jordan IX Retro Birmingham Barons edition. Decked out in the old Chicago White Sox affiliate’s colors. The sneaker is set to release this April 5th for $170 at Jordan retailers.


Lebron Retro’s Are on The Way, Don’t Believe Me Just Wait!


Like it or not, Lebron James retro sneakers are on the way! Sure nothings been confirmed yet but I see what our friends over at Nike have up their sleeve.

While on a recent road-trip to play the Knicks and Nets in New York City, Lebron busted out two never-before-seen colorways of his famous signature sneakers. The most interested part being that the kicks were the Nike Zoom Lebron II and III respectively (two sneakers that dropped in 2005 and 2006!)

The King in the Nike Zoom Lebron II Retro

The King in the Nike Zoom Lebron II Retro

James sporting the Nike Zoom Lebron III Retro

James sporting the Nike Zoom Lebron III Retro

Look closely at the sneakers, I mean very closely! You’ll notice Lebron’s new logo “LJ” on the heel of the 3’s and strap of the 2’s. The original model of both sneakers featured Lebron’s “L23″ logo.

Lebron's old logo on the left, new on the right.

Lebron’s old logo on the left, new on the right.

Are these sneakers are just a prelude to the Lebron Retro line? I say yes! With Kobe’s already being retroed, its safe to say we’ll see a Lebron retro in the very near future. The Kings popularity is already at an all time high and the hype surrounding sneakers is as well. Nike would be smart to cash in on the oppurtunity now.

Well wait, didn’t we already see an Air Zoom Generation retro? No, the sneakers below were rumored to release around 2008 but never saw shelves. Older sneakerheads will remember they did hit for a second but were quickly scrapped.

Original Nike Air Zoom Generation Lebron retro

Original Nike Air Zoom Generation Lebron retro

At this point, we’ll have to wait and let Nike make the next move reguarding a Lebron retro sneaker.

Air Jordan III Retro Katrina To Release March 8th

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Back in 2006, Jordan Brand held a charity auction to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. One of the sneakers auctioned off was a pair of White/Cement Jordan III’s with a Red midsole. Sneakerheads quickly began reffering to the kicks as the “Katrina 3’s”.

The buzz surrounding the sneakers has grown rapidly since 2006. The only pair I have seen myself is at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Many sneakerheads have been waiting for the coveteted kicks to see store shelves. Luckily, 2014 is the year! The Air Jordan III Retro Katrina edition will release March 14th, 2014 for $170. I expect these to be extremely limited so call your connect now! Pick up a Chicago Bulls jersey to match as well. 

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Nike Celebrates Kobe Bryant’s Sneaker History With ‘Prelude Pack’


With 5 NBA Championship rings to his name, Kobe Bryant will go down in history as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The Philadelphia native has come a long way since being drafted and traded by the Charlotte Hornets to Los Angeles for Vlade Divac. After Countless MVP’s, All Star Game selections, and timeless moments, Nike will honor the Black Mamba with the “Predlude Pack”. The pack will include a retro model of every single Nike Zoom Kobe sneaker from 1-8. Through art, the special pack honors the history of Nike’s Kobe Bryant line. Starting 12/7, Nike will release one sneaker each weekend from the pack in order from Kobe 1 to Kobe 8. Each sneaker will retail for $200, and we expect it to be EXTREMELY LIMITED! Check out the entire Prelude Pack Below! My favorite is the Kobe 4.


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Nike Zoom Kobe 2 Prelude Pack


Nike Zoom Kobe 3 Prelude Pack


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Nike Zoom Kobe 6 Prelude Pack


Nike Zoom Kobe 7 Prelude Pack


Nike Zoom Kobe 8 Prelude Pack


Air Jordan to Retro Carmelo Anthony’s Melo 1.5 In Honor of 10th Anniversary


It’s hard to believe 10 years ago Jordan Brand released Carmelo Anthony’s first signature sneaker, the Jordan Melo 1.5. A retro already? That makes me feel old! I remember having a pair myself in high school, being a huge fan of Carmelo Anthony and his tenure at Syracuse University.

The Melo 1.5 combined attributes from the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 2 sneakers and was featured in several Denver Nuggets colorways. One of the best hybrid Air Jordan models, the Melo 1.5 was ahead of its time. In 2014 the sneaker will return to shelves in honor of its 10th Anniversary.

Overall the sneaker design is excellent and from what I remember, were extremelly comfortable. Pictures of the original black & carolina blue colorway have surfaced. The sneakers look identical to the original model which will make Jordan and Melo fans very happy. I assume we’ll see a few New York Knicks colorways of the kicks to pop up in the future; right now feast your eyes on this pair and let us know what you think.

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Check out the Air Jordan 10 Doernbecher Freestyle Edition

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It was only 2 weeks when ago many sneakerheads found themselves striking out trying to acquire the Air Jordan 5 Doernbecher Freestyle edition. The sneaker is currently reselling for astronomical prices on eBay.

Tonight, Nike unveiled the entire 2013 Doernbecher Freestyle Collection. Here is the first image of the Air Jordan 10 Doernbecher Freestyle edition. The sneakers are black with a hint of red and white digi camo. An eye popping design consistent with many previous Doernbecher sneakers. Check out the picture and let us know what you think.
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New Release: Shanghai Shen Air Jordan 5 Retro


Jordan Brand has declared 2013 the year of the Jordan 5 retro. Several popular original colorways have already dropped alongside some new treats like the 3lab5 and the Fresh Prince editions.

Many fans are also excited to see the Laney Jordan 5’s retro for the first time this year. Much like the Black Grape 5’s, JB is set to put a spin on another classic colorway with the Shanghai Shen edition. First dubbed the “Black Laney” edition, the Shanghai Shen Jordan V retro is set to release later this year. Early buzz surrounding the kicks states they may only release in Shanghai. Stay tuned and let us know what you think of these J’s.






Nike Air Jordan 3 88′ Black Cement to Retro Again Soon!

Nike air jordan 3 retro 88 2013 2014 retro release date

Fans of the Air Jordan 3 will be happy to hear this news; the popular sneaker will once again return to stores in 2013-2014 in the famous black/cement colorway. After Nike hit us with the white/cement 3’s last year in honor of MJ’s 50th birthday, this year the black/cement will be the king of the retro’s.

It was the first time since 2003 we saw the Jordan III’s retro with the original Nike Air on the back heel tab. With the way the white/cement edition sold last year we expect Jordan Brand to hit us with another $200 price tag (I wouldn’t be surprised if they even up the price more!)

Let us know if you’re excited about this news or wish Jordan would slow down their retro overhaul.

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Early Leak: Air Jordan 5 Retro Doernbecher Edition


After months of speculation and hype, we finally have our first images of the upcomming 2013 Air Jordan 5 Retro “Doernbecher” edition. The DB V’s were designed to celebrate the life of Issac Arzate who passed away on April 20, 2012 at the age of 12.

The sneakers are decked out in black and feature several special inscriptions all over the sneakers and behind the tongue. They also feature Issac’s number 9 on the right side. These sneakers look beautiful and are set to release later in 2013; we’re betting in October. Let us know what you think about the first images of the Air Jordan 5 Retro Doernbecher.

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Powder Blue Air Jordan 10’s to Retro For The First Time In 2014

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Another OG Air Jordan colorway is set to return to shelves for the first time; the “Powder Blue” Air Jordan X will retro in 2014. The popular original colorway pays homage to MJ’s North Carolina Tarheel days. These Jordans will release on 2/1/2014. Unfortunately Nike hits us with another price increase; these kicks will retail for $170! Let us know what you think about the Powder Blue 10’s and let us know if you’ll be picking them up or not.

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All Red Everything; Air Jordan II Retro “Legends of Summer” Edition


If you’ve been following Justin Timberlake and Jay Z’s Legends of Summer concert tour, you’ve noticed several of the all red Nike Air Jordan Retro sneakers JT has been rocking on stage.

The Jordan 1, 2, and 3 have all been seen on Timberlake’s feet; luckily for fans of Jordan sneakers, it appears all three retro models will release sometime in the near future! Check out this beautiful Air Jordan II decked out in all red. The sneakers feature premium materials and are very eye-catching.

Stay with Rare Vintage Wear for any updates to release information.


Coming Next Year: Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Low Concord

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Two winters ago, Concord madness hit stores everywhere. People camed out for days attempting to purchase the highly coveted Air Jordan Retro sneakers. Riots ensued and many left stores empty-handed; resale prices reached over $500 at their height!

2014 brings the return of the Concord XI, sort of… Jordan Brand will be releasing the Retro XI Concord in a low version. Will the hype be the same for these sneakers or will you be passing on the low top edition? Let us know what you think tweet @rarevintagewear. Well keep you updated on release information as it surfaces.

Nike air jordan XI 11 concord low release date

Lebron James Hints At Nike Air Zoom Generation Retro

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Two-time NBA Champion Lebron James is enjoying his offseason. Coming off his fourth MVP, the King wants to repeat in his 11th NBA season. 2003 marked LBJ’s first season in Cleveland, during that year Lebron sported the Nike Air Zoom Generation on the court.

There were rumors the sneaker would retro a few years ago in a gold/white colorway but they were scrapped. Today King James posted a picture of himself on social media wearing a pair of Nike Air Zoom Generation sneakers in the “first game” red/white colorway.

Lebron added the caption “My kicks for today, retro time people? #zoomgeneration #10yearanniversary #sickkickgame”

Do you think Lebron is letting the cat out of the bag and informing us the Air Zoom Generation will be returning? Only time will tell.

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Check out the Air Jordan 3 III Retro “Legends of Summer” Edition


Fans of both Air Jordan and Justin Timberlake have been excited this summer over a series of random sneaker giveaways by JT himself. After his concerts, Timberlake has been hiding and autographing a pair of limited Air Jordan sneakers that he wore on stage. Fans in several cities have found Timberlakes sneakers hiding in random places, while sneaker heads have been enamored by the eye-catching colorways of several highly coveted Nike Air Jordan models.

One in particular happens to be this all red Air Jordan 3 retro colorway. The Jordan III Legends of Summer Edition was recently spotted on ebay. Check them out below:

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