I always felt some type of way about early release Jordans and other sneakers. If you have a relationship with someone directly at one of the brands who occasionally likes to bless you with samples or promo pairs early, then you know you’re good. However, early releases will always be a love/hate thing in the community, and at the end of the day, it’s your business what you choose to spend your money on. Me personally, if I can’t get it directly from the brand early, then I don’t need it. That’s my take on it. But we all know plenty of people that shop with early release websites, and I repeat, that’s your business.
People have called early release shoes everything from fake to B-Grade to C-Grade (that was a joke). The fact is: early releases are unauthorized, period! If you’re Team Authorized, be careful (and educated) because there’s legit shops that sell early release pairs. No knock to them, but heads up if that’s not your thing. But if you have MJ’s number, that’s a different story.
As for this photo, it was floating around the web last night to alert everyone about the danger of early pairs. It was shared so many times that I don’t know the source of the photo. Feel free to let me know if this is your photo so I can give you credit. Anyhow, here at TSG we try our best to document the culture from every angle, so I wanted to bring this to your attention.
Your take on this topic is welcomed in the comments section.