Photo by Modern Notoriety
Back in the day, and I mean 10 or so years ago when the first waves of Retros came out, people lined up for hours for a release. If you lived in NY or the Bay Area, you may have camped out for a day or two. Why? Because Retros were the shit. They were high quality and made to the exact specifications of the originals. This is why 2001 XIs, 1999 IVs, 2000 Vs and 2001 IIIs etc. are worth so much today.
Any collector, baller, or sneakerhead in general knows that Retros aren't what they used to be. To JB, it's been about cutting corners, producing for the masses and generating revenue. People, including myself, weren't too happy with the direction Jordan Brand was going - an abundance of wack Retros in ridiculous "LS" colorways, limited releases, poor quality material and the demise of the brand: Fusions and hybrids.
During these past couple years, though, the brand stepped up a little bit for us - Space Jam 11s, True Blue IIIs, "OG" IXs, "OG" IIs, Metallic Is, Infrared VIs - Although there were noticable changes to these Retros, they were still great releases everyone wanted and were miles better than any Fusion or LS/Laser/all-patent/insert-wackass-colorway-here type Retros.
Now JB promises a wave of untouched/unmodified gems that we've all been waiting for (Flint XIII, Cement IIIs, black Vs, Cool Grey 11s), leaving us a glimmer of hope that one day, Jordan will be back on track to where they used to be. One pair that I've been wanting to get my hands on since way back when, and a release that's been in the rumor mill for a long time, is the Air Jordan VII "Bordeaux". It may not seem like a big deal, but they haven't hit the shelves since '92, and it's finally confirmed for a 2011 Retro release. As per the pictures, it seems untouched and super-fresh! Let's hope it stays that way.
For more pictures and release info, check here.