Mismatched Classics; Who Did it Better?

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Wildly unorthodox colorways of classic kicks are becoming increasingly popular. A common trend involves combining the most iconic color palettes across a single pair. The sneaker community has grown used to this concept through “What The” releases, beginning with Nike’s SB branch. While some sneakerheads are open to these mash-up offerings,  most OG collectors are less than pleased. Has Nike’s creative approach reached a new low or are preferences more skewed than ever before? Let’s focus our attention on two similar mismatched classics.
Pictured above, the upcoming Air Jordan 1 Top 3 draws inspiration from three of the most recognizable colorways of this model. Aspects from the “Royal”, “Banned”, and “Chicago”, Air Jordan 1 create a multicolor appeal. Having the best of 3 sneakers is arguably a sneakerhead’s dream. Being that we’re in the midst of ceaseless Air Jordan 1 hype, JB couldn’t have picked a better time. Equipped with mismatched soles and contrasting side panels, the Air Jordan 1 Top 3 has more personality than you may have anticipated.
You may have forgotten but just two years ago, Nike SB partnered with JB to bring forth a similar iteration. The Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 Lance Mountain released in 2014, boasting a multicolor vibe. This release included features from the “Bred”, and “Royal” colorways along with an added twist. The colors were covered “DIY-style”, with either black or white paint. This meant that as the sneakers were worn, paint would wear away to reveal hidden colors.
Equipped with Nike SB laces, this mash-up release combined concepts from two distinct subcultures. During the 1980’s, it wasn’t uncommon for the Air Jordan 1 to be reimagined as a skating sneaker. Durable leather overlays and a flat midsole made them ideal for the culture. Wearing one of each color reflected the rebellious spirit of someone who dared to be different. In addition, doing so prolonged the life of each pair. Paying homage to Jordan Brand’s impact in Skate Culture, the Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 Lance Mountain became an instant classic. 
It's easy to conclude that both releases appeal to similar crowds. Dropping on Cyber Monday for $160, the Air Jordan 1 Top 3 is destined to sell out. Although the history behind this upcoming drop isn’t as extensive, they’re still dope enough to consider copping. Retaining a basketball specific aura, you might even catch these on the hardwood. How eager are you for November 28th to arrive? Let us know how these compare to 2014’s offering by commenting below!

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