This Saturday, Jordan Brand is dropping the Retro 8s in the “Citrus” or “Phoenix Suns” colorway, sparking the age-old debate among sneakerheads…do you prefer new colors or original colors in Retro Jordans?
Think about this…some of the best, most sought after colorways are non-OGs. If you ask sneakerheads to list their “grails”, you’ll hear all kinds of non-OG Jordans. It’s a very interesting debate. One factor that people overlook is that new colorways tend to be produced in smaller quantities than OG Retros. The long-term effect here is that the demand increases, causing them to be more rare as years go by.
There is no right answer here, but true purists of the “sneaker game” will always fight hard that only OG Jordans are relevant – “If Mike didn’t wear them on court, then neither am I.” If you polled Retro Jordan fans, I bet the majority of people would lean towards the OG without hesitation.
Jordan Brand has done a great job bringing innovation and creativity to classic silhouettes. You don’t have to go back very far to find really fresh examples. The Retro 4 “Cavs” and Retro 12 “Cool Grey” from last year and the Retro 13 “Altitude” from a few years back are great illustrations.
But as I think about these fresh, new colorways, it always brings me back to the iconic colors that MJ wore on court. We couldn’t have a Citrus Jordan 8 this Saturday if we didn’t have Bugs Bunny first. It’s conversations like this one that make sneakers fun, but don’t sleep on these 8s just because they’re not an OG look. Who knows, it may be listed on someone’s list as a “grail” in the years to come.
Comment below if you’re going to cop the Retro 8’s on Saturday or hold out for the next OG Retro?