Monday, January 27, 2014

To replica or not to replica: that is the real Jordan



Sneaker heads: Just because somebody is rocking a fake pair of Jordan’s does not mean you should clown or hate them because…?? Look, you hate when people hate on you because you go out, and purchase shoes that are the same price as a car note; the funny part about that is some of ya’ll out there paying that much for sneakers and can’t even show them off because your too broke or scared to wear them in fear of getting them dirty; So why pay that much? So when you do get more money, you could actually go out and MAYBE show them off?   Replica sneaker heads: I understand, who in their right mind, wants to pay $250-$300 dollars for some Jordan’s?? Hell no! I get it…but when you buy the sneakers, can you at least stay within the color realm. Don’t go buy a pair of 11’s that are green and black or even better, there red and black and right below the Jump man it say’s “Chicago Bulls” with the bull and Jordan’s number….everyone knows those never came out and your just asking for these ridiculous, “all my shoes are over $200 dollars” sneaker heads to open their mouth and flood the internet about how passionately they hate “Fakes” Replica’s and the people who support them.


So what is a fake sneaker? I mean technically, you can hold it in your palm, you can grab them, you can feel them, they have been made with some sort of material, a matter of some sort, it’s visible, it’s there; you know, when someone say’s a fake sneaker, I get to thinking, “Is the sneaker in 3D or something?” Does it appear to be there so when I go to grab it, I fall into the mist of a hologram? The sneaker is not fake it’s real. “Oh LA don’t be an ass, you know what I mean by fake.” Yes unfortunately I do understand. You mean the shoe is not of the original origin as in, “some Chinese people in a factory, that is not a part of Nike or Jordan wait….some Chinese people, who use to work for Nike or Jordan, memorized all the patters, the stitching, color’s, everything…from working all those hours, can make Jordan’s and any Nike in their sleep..wait, what sleep?” So they got sick of that shit, went off to start their own business, got all of the stuff, and created some replica Jordan’s…meanwhile in America, another black kid got robbed and shot for his Jordan’s..you know, the rare pairs that just came out….because Foot locker now raffles off who gets to buy these rare pairs…See before, you use to be able to get up in the morning  and maybe be the first few people in line to grab a pair…flirt with the cute cashier and tell her, meet me in the back of foot locker, I’ll give you the money, just ring me up…you know how it goes down…noooo… now it’s, the Jordan’s drop on this day, get your raffle ticket, 3months in advance so we can call to tell you that you didn’t get a chance to spend, $165.00 dollars, so that way when you leave the store, and enter into the mob of people who desperately “need” these shoes, can mean mug the fuck out of you and hey, if possible, you may get the whole Jordan experience, get robbed for your shoes; the shoes you’ve went to work for everyday, worked your ass off for, maybe even sold a few drugs on the side and almost shitted yourself because that week, it seems like you always had cops around you. 
                                                      OKAY THESE ARE PRETTY BAD

I know, it seems that I have went on a long winded tantrum but listen up sneaker heads, do you really enjoy this??  Becoming enslaved by your own emotions over a shoe? Something you only wear once just to put back in the box because it’s the style to do so?  Yet you clown people who buy Rep’s or fakes because there dying to belong or be a part of something? What does that really say about you? Look, we all eat Pizza right? We all at some point start off with pizza hut or dominoes and then someone introduces you to the neighborhood pizza shop and our mind is blown again because the crust, and the cheese and everything is SO much more rich then pizza hut…then one day, your bubble gets blown. That’s not real pizza. Italians don’t use as much tomato sauce on their pizza and for damn sure, the bread is not that fluffy; if anything, it’s extremely thin. What? No way. This whole time you have been eating “fake” pizza. Do you still eat it? Of course you do. The mom and pop pizzeria shops are so delicious and cheap, why would you stop eating it?  “Oh, it’s fake Pizza, I don’t fuck with fake Pizza. I only eat authentic pizza.” Fuck outta here. Look, we live in America, everything we eat is a replica of some country…hamburgers, French fries, hot dogs, Taco Bell….we all eat that but get chastised if someone wears, fake Prada, fake Gucci, fake Jordan’s….you see my point here? Imagine you’re sitting on a bench, eating a taco from taco bell one day, and you look up, and someone is whispering in their friends ear..there saying, “Look he’s eating a fake taco”  That’s kind of the same thing as saying, “Look at her fake Prada bag or look at his fake Jordan’s.” 


            My point: Clothes don’t make the man or the woman, man or woman make them; however, you are what you eat: imitation food is not a good way to go about calling someone fake, for wearing fakes, if you are what you eat. Jordan is the only person who will have the so called “real Jordan’s” because the real Jordan’s were made for him; all the other 1,000 pairs sold were made for consumers; therefore sneaker heads, I don’t mean to bust your bubble but, YOUR WEARING REPLICAS. I know, “no I’m not, the material is made much differently and the stitching is done better, there ripping off the designer (and Nike is ripping you off is what I’m thinking) and your supporting criminal activity (Hey! What do you know, we have the same thing in common, supporting criminal activity)” I get it, I own a few pair of “real” Jordan’s. I’m 29, which means I remember when Jordan played basketball, my first pair of Jordan’s were the 7’s, back when Jordan’s were still $100.00 and sold in JC Penny (Yeah you read it right, JC Penny had Jordan’s) 

I remember getting the hologram Jordan’s blue and grey which I still have, I also have the black and red; luckily my foot didn’t grow anymore pass the age 14 so I’m still able to fit most of my Jordan’s. I own the 14’s and I bought my first pair  of 12’s when I was 22 or 21; either way, good lord those things were expensive…this kid saw Jordan’s when they were $100.00, I spent $140.00 with tax when I purchased my 12’s..black and red. I’m just glad it was tax season when those came out…but as I got older, I came across a guy who sold Jordan’s out his trunk for $80. I knew they were replicas but son of a bitch, these joints look like the real thing, fit my foot well and were WAY cheaper than the mall.

I missed my point about 600 words ago, so let me try to wrap this up…please bare with me, I know this has been a long winded read but this needed to be said….Those Jordan’s I bought when I was 22 or 21, I still own to this day at the age of 29, I had to super glue the toe. I don’t play ball anymore and if I do, it’s not in Jordan’s shoes. I may have gone to a few parties in those shoes but none the less, I was careful, I didn’t dance in my Jordan’s, I was clean. Yet I’m using super…using Gorilla glue on a pair of $140.00 dollar, 7 to 8 year old shoes, that rarely saw much movement…but my Replica Jordan’s are still intact??? 


            So why would I pay, (Excuse my language) but, “fuck me in the ass with a Sperm Whale cock” prices for a shoe that when you look at it, was poorly designed…when I can pay $45-$50 dollars for the same shoe; so that if it does fall apart on me, oh well…no, I’m super gluing a “real” Jordan. I know sneaker collecting is a hobby. I collect but I have really curved my sneaker taste…instead when I get my taxes, I would rather invest some money in something else; I know, I can flip my $140.00 plus sneakers online for $250.00 but that’s ridiculous; I brought those damn shoes and I own them. Lol. 

I’m LA GREEN. The mission of my business is about bettering others; so let’s start by admitting that Replica Jordan’s, Gucci bags, Prada, Nike…whoever, there not hurting anybody, if anything, it’s making someone happy that they can flaunt it and still eat for the next week; some day, they’ll be able to afford  it, but at that moment, they can’t. So what if it’s a fake, so is that slice of pizza, so is my 10.1 Samsung galaxy note tablet (apple was first everyone else copied) the Chrysler car is an imitation of  the Bentley Phantom, all touch screen phones favor the IPhone…we all have a fake version of something. So sneaker heads, with all that said, can you still be upset if someone rocks a pair of fake Jordan’s?  Of course you can. Just remember this, replicas are getting better every day. Rep’s are getting so good and there still selling them at a cheap price. These little companies are putting the money back into their business, buying better material, which in China, probably doesn’t cost much, and making the sneakers, to better benefit there consumer..Before, there were 10 flaws, now there’s only two, and soon there will be none thanks to all the sneaker heads giving away the tips of what makes a “real” Jordan online; and they will continue to sell Jordan’s for $50 bucks. One day, someone is going to buy a pair of fakes that have been perfected and you won’t know the difference.....
                                                   Which one is real and which one is fake?


12 comments:

  1. I am a notorious cheapskate, but I walk a ton, and have knee pains from time to time, so when it comes to shoes, a couple hundred dollars to me is normal. Recently though the shoes I have been buying, Merrells and North Face, to name names. Have been absolute garbage. They have been breaking, and the soles constantly need to be glued back one. They are the worst shoes I have ever bought, and at $200 a pop that really is not acceptable.

    Fakes, sure bring them on, maybe they will do a better job putting the things together than the real ones have been.

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  2. You know what PB, I wrote this post about 7 months ago and had much more to say about this but for the sake of it getting any longer, I stopped at where I was. At some point of time I'm probably going to end up contradicting myself because I'm aiming for the fashion industry one day and I know as a business why the prices are outrageous; however, I also feel like most of these replicas are made because we outsource all of our business overseas.

    At some point, someone is going to copy something. Very little wages and the knowledge of how to make it = a business...well maybe hungry people who need money, and see a need elsewhere. I understand, paying more for a shoe if it's going to be used...but for style purpose, I think it's crazy especially if my shoes, your shoes, or clothing is going to fall apart. I sometimes think I have bad luck with designers but there have been too many situations were I find myself trying to sow or glue something back on; however I get the knock off version of it, and it last me. I don't know...I sometimes think the stuff at the mall is getting confused with the knock off or B grades. That's not cool at all. If I'm getting B grades fine, let me pay B grade prices, not authentic prices for B grades.

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  3. Here's a thought....What if the Jordan/Nike corporation actually cut a deal with some of the Jordan replica sites? I mean think about it for a second........sell the shoes in the states for double sometimes triple the price, but sell the "reps" in China, where the shoe just so happens to be made, for under $100. Think about it, nobody wants reps because they're fake; major corporations know that, they also know some people don't really care, so to not lose out on that dollar, why not create off brand sites that sale's the shoe? Some of them I agree are illegal activity, but some of these sites seem like legit businesses. Its a far fetched thought but I wouldn't be surprised if these sites that are rep sites, are partnered with Jordan/Nike and their sharing a percent, or Jordan/Nike created these sites to sell the shoes that didn't make the cut; so they sell them at a lower price; Basically,one is paying Nike for the original price of the shoe, in the meantime, over here in America, people are putting down car notes payments on a shoe. Smart if you ask me. Jack up the price at Foot Locker because people will buy them, lower the price in China, because people will still buy them. It's a win-win. Boy if I'm right about this, there's going to be a lot of people angry with Jordan/Nike or just me. =/ lol

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  4. Do replicas hold up over time or fall apart after several months of use?

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    1. Sorry Robert, I'm just seeing your response to this post. It depends on where you get them from and the price. Air force ones cost about $100 dollars and its a legit shoe, if you see a pair of retro Jordan's for that same price, its questionable because the average price for Jordan's cost about $190 these days, when I was a kid, J's were $100 dollars....so what happened? In my opinion, from what I've experienced, the cheap ones, below $50 dollars didn't hold up well, the ones that were $100 dollars hold up just as well as my Foot Locker versions, mind you I've had my Foot Locker bought Jordan's for some time and even those I've had to doctor up over time...keep price in mind. Anything above $80, a company is going to get some decent or quality material to make the product.

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  5. It depends on the replica...there's a lot of companies out there selling b grades, basically a shoe that didn't make the cut because of a few imperfections. Anything with in the price range of $80-$100 dollars for a replica Jordan, you getting a decent quality shoe. Air force ones are in that price range and have a nice quality about them. If you buy a shitty pair like in some of the pics I showed above, they'll probably fall apart just looking at them LOL.

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  6. Replicas have been getting quite good the last few years. I buy a lot of clothes & use to spend $100-150 on pants regularly & would feel guilty at times thinking that it should of went to something better. Justification was that I take care of my clothes I'm 33 years old now and still have clothes from ninth-grade on up so they will last forever. Your style changes & taste as u get older & as trends change. So having them forever don't mean shit if u don't wear them! I'm into highend fashion & fashion in general & have bought some bad fakes that looked nothing like the picture & now u can't wear them cause everyone would know plus why would u want to cause there terrible fakes! But I have also bought some highend replicas that u can't tell there not authenticity. It took me awhile & through trial and error I made some friends overseas & I get all highend replicas like Gucci, Versace, Plein, Louboutin, Balman some have holograms on the labels like the originals. My wardrobe consists of mostly replicas, & I rock the flyest shit. Not to mention I save a bunch of money. I rather spend $100 on a good knock off then $100 on a bad original.. Plus I'm helping out a small business owners & creating jobs, sucks it's not over here so much. Replicas can be a good thing. Clothes don't make the person, but can make u feel good about yourself give you confident & help them feel & act like the person they want to be! Clothes can make good first impression, Even make people see u differently which can open doors & create opportunities for you in life. Sometimes I feel sorry for the guy spending $1000 on shoes, Cause I have the same look for a lot less. Like they say in the movie "Dope" the only difference from a real Louis Vuitton bag & a fake.... is the person holding it!

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    1. Exactly! If you have the money to pay for this stuff, get it! If you don't and you come across a site that makes quality replicas try it out, if you don't like it then find something that's not a replica in that price range and go for that. I came across replicas by accident because like I mentioned above, it was a friend of mine selling Jordan's at Air Force one prices and they we're a really good quality; I was at the mall comparing the display with my shoe (Sales floor clerked looked at me weird) and I couldn't tell the difference, I even wonder to this day how we was coming up on these seeing there's a lot of rep sites with bad quality and a hand few who come up on B grades or do have good reps. I don't know but I do know I have purchased both, I've purchased some bad shit and they actually gave me my money back, anything from the mall or the actual (insert clothing or shoe label name) store just certifies that it should not be bad, and you know they won't close shop on you, still your information from online, or any shady shit; however its trial and error with anything online; doing your research for anything is the best thing one can do.

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  7. If I could or new how I would post a few pictures. & let everyone else judge. Rock your shit real or fake just feel good doing it!!
    But if u live with yo momma or got warrant for child support!
    Take you ass to the Internet & buy fakes!!!!! 😉😎✌️

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    1. Be my guess, post as many pictures as you want. You could just copy and paste the pictures in the comments section and it should show right up...And as for the living with yo momma or child support, yes! lol! priorities are backwards...lol. Every blue moon treat yourself but if the important things are not handled and you out here flossing the J's or any shoe on the release date, followed with some three hundred dollar jeans, its none of my business what you doing but I hope one knows that's not a good look. I say every blue moon because on every regular moon, you should be out there trying to make it happen so business is taking care of and you can treat yourself when you want. There's set backs but there's a difference between set backs and not trying...lol

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