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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CrispyKicks Most Wanted - Top 3 Most Wanted Air Jordans of All Time

CrispyKicks Most Wanted - Top 3 Most Wanted Air Jordans of All Time

Jordan XI Black Red / Playoffs / Breds
#3Flawless - One of A Kind - A Masterpiece - The Jordan 11 Only @ CrispyKicks

It all started with a lawnmower. Tinker Hatfield was the man for years masterminded the design of the Jordan shoes, and as he explained that it was a mower but it was created beautifully and that it really provided the most of the inspiration for the Jordan 11 because his lawnmower always was to be very rugged. 

Concord is a type of Grapes - So are these the Grape 11's?
#2 The Black and White Jordan XI - Better Known as the Concords - Always sold out as soon as it launches into stores, actually it launches everyone into a shopping frenzy. Maybe that is why it comes out around the hype of Christmas Shopping. Keen eyes and long time lovers of the Jordan 11 will find the Breds (Black and Reds, or Playoffs) Space Jams, Cool Greys, and the Concords as the best sellers on CrispyKicks!

Black or White Grapes? Which Looks Better?
#1 The Air Jordan 5 Retro brings back a classic early 90's style. Originally designed by legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield and inspired by the WWII Mustang fighter plane. Featuring full-grain leather and Durabuk upper for prime comfort and style. The clear rubber out sole gives a sleek look with herringbone pattern for enhanced traction and flex grooves for limitless flexibility. The shoe's inner sleeve gives a snug fit and Nike Air units in the heel and forefoot give premium cushioning. The Air Jordan 5 Retro has been a highly anticipated return and shouldn't be missed while they are here at CrispyKicks!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fake Jordans vs Real - What is the Difference?

When looking at Jordans or other Nike Shoes, What does Variant Mean?

Here is the question we see most often, what does Variants, replicas, fake or non-authentic mean? Especially when it comes to Jordans, Air Forces, Nike Air Yeezys and other Kicks, it is the number one question we see.
Lets look at a few things and compare them side by side, such as the box, the shoes itself, and the features or technology.

A picture of a Authentic Jordan Box - Perfect Condition
First when it comes to the box, both will be almost the same.  Variants (or Non-Authentic shoes) do come double boxed from high quality sellers.  That means that the shoe box does have another shipping box around the Jordan box itself to protect the box, and the shoes inside.  That means there are no shipping stickers or anything like that.  There are two things though that variants do not have copied as well as the authentics, and that is the quality of cardboard, and that the shoes are shipped from overseas.

Double boxed shoes to protect the Kicks inside - Beautifully done
Variant shoe boxes may not hold up as well as authentic ones, since they are a lesser quality cardboard, so it maybe flimsy, but it still will look the same as authentic store bought shoes. Also, when shoes are shipped from overseas, it may sometimes get damaged in shipping, and the box may have some folds, or creases in it.

Next with the shoes themselves the variants vs authentics have some differences again.  The variants sometimes may have a color or material difference with the authentics.  Such as using a shade off color may occur, or a different type of leather may be used, such as suede or smooth leather instead of real leather.
Fake Vs Real Carbon Fiber Shank Plate - Which is Which?
And of course, the technology and features of the shoes.  The biggest one is variant shoes do not use the same technology that makes Jordans or other Nike shoes so expensive such as carbon fiber shank plates, (Such as the visible one in the Jordan 11's) or the Zoom air insoles which are in so many basketball shoes.  The variant shoes only have a foam insole, and a plastic shank plate.
The carbon fiber is a light weight material which evenly distributes the force of when a player is landing on the ground after a jump, and is a great piece of technology to have in a pair of shoes.  The variant ones will not have this, but it will just look like it does.
The Biggest Break Through - The Zoom Air Insoles

Here you can clearly see the Carbon Fiber in a Jordan XI - and the Zoom Air insole
The zoom air is an air bag within the sole, which is not visible at all.  This makes it softer to run around and to jump, the authentics do have this, while the variants do not.
Lastly, the biggest difference is price.  Authentic Jordans do go for about $180 retail, to up to $450 to thousands more on the open market!  With variants, you can get shoes for half this price, such as at and you do not have to wait around for a specific colorway, or a size that may be out of stock.  Variants are always in stock, and always able to be shipped.  There are unlimited stock amounts available in all mens sizes (usually 8-12).

CrispyKicks.Com - Nike Air Jordans
Written and prepared by Mike Jones
CrispyKicks Owner and CEO