Sneaker Review: Dave White x Jordan

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
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For my 1st sneaker review, I think it’s fitting to feature the 1st sneaker I discussed on this blog: The Dave White x Air Jordan 1. Through some wheeling and dealing, I was able to secure a pair  and believe me, it was well worth it. The amount of detail put into the box and shoes is astounding. The shoes come in an all black box, which has the red Jordan wings logo prominently displayed across the top and draping over the sides with the familiar paint drips that Dave White is known for. There are also red stars on the box and additional smaller wings logos.

Opening the box, you see the shoes wrapped in protective white paper with Dave’s stars on it in grey. The underside of the lid also features the stars in black as well as Dave’s signature on one end and the Jumpman logo on the other end.

And now to the shoes –

The shoes have a leather upper offset with a black suede toe box and tongue. As you move back along the midsole, it fades from black to white, much like the population of DC from SE to NW. To add contrast, the midsole also has red stitching.  They come tied with black laces, sporting in white the words, “Dave White for #23” (the extra laces are bagged with the shoe and are red). The laces end with grayish white aglets (the things at the end of the shoelace).

If you understand the history of Jordan sneakers, then you know how iconic elephant print is, so it’s no mystery why Dave decided to incorporate elephant print eyestays into the shoe. Even if you don’t know the history, it looks cool, so just accept from me: it belongs on this shoe. Moving back from this, the shoes feature the paint splatters that Dave is known for on the side panel. Do you notice anything odd? I didn’t notice it at first, due to the well placed splatter, but the shoes have no swoosh!  Nike actually let Dave remove their logo! Talk about a bold move!!! #thatshitcray

The heels feature the jumpman logo on one shoes and the number 23 on the other. They are flanked by gradient red striping. The collar is red with a white wings logo. The tongue has artist grade canvas with a black jumpman logo on it (yes, I said CANVAS), embroidered on with bold red cross-stitching. It also has red paint splatters. The inside of the tongue has a similar design, only it has Dave White’s signature. The insoles have an image of Michael Jordan with outstretched arms holding a basketball in one shoe and the words “Wings for the Future” in the other. The sockliner is a grey silk or satin-like material with a deep pattern in it.

As you can see, these shoes have a LOT of detail. They look good in the box. They look good on display. They look good on your feet! Like a steroid-fueled Barry Bonds, I think Dave knocked these out of the park. Since the first “Wings for the Future” charity release was unattainable for us regular mortals, I’m glad that Jordan Brand and Dave decided to do this version.

If you don’t already have these, you need to get them before they all get worn to a pulp, or disappear into permanent collections.

-Mawuli

(photography by Arsonal)

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Comments
  1. your review makes me want a pair!

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