The Real Story Behind Tony Wroten’s Air Jordan 10 Blow Out


We have the answers.

Alright TSGFam, over the weekend we reported on the sole separation Tony Wroten had mid-game against the Indiana Pacers. There was plenty discussion in the community as to what the reasons were for this Air Jordan 10 to just fall apart out of nowhere. Some people were saying the ‘terrible quality of Jordan Brand, why would they give him new sneakers that fell apart’ and some people argued over shoe being 9 years old. I decided to dig a little deeper on this story to get the facts because I realized that people were quick to hop on the ‘trash Jordan Brand’ bandwagon when in actuality this wasn’t their fault.

Friday afternoon I received word that Tony Wroten had purchased the Air Jordan 10s from a consignment shop in Philadelphia named Sole Control. As I suspected, the sneakers weren’t reissued to Wroten directly from Jordan Brand. I was fortunate enough to get the scoop from Steve, manager at Sole Control who went on record.

TSG: Did you in fact sell the Air Jordan 10s that blew out to Tony Wroten?

Steve: Yup, the sneakers were 100% deadstock, brand new from 2005. We sold Tony the sneakers for a little over $400.

TSG: Did he contact you guys after the incident?

Steve: He sure did! Tony is a loyal customer at Sole Control and we take care of our people so we actually have arranged for the soles to get repaired immediately to return to him.

TSG: Customer service at it’s finest. What do you think the reason for the sole separation could have been?

Steve: The sneakers were 9 years old. If you store a sneaker for nearly 10 years, expect the glue to get old too. Tony plays in the NBA, this isn’t just a pick up game so his sneakers take a lot of wear and tear. I believe that was the second time he’s worn the Air Jordan 10s he bought from us on the court if I’m not mistaken. This had nothing to do with the “quality” of Jordan Brand sneakers. The construction of Jordan’s are great actually, if you want to make a case for the materials used that’s fine, but materials have nothing to do with what happened in this case. Guys like Tony Wroten and Nick Young go through sneakers really fast because they want to play in older sneakers that look good.

Tony Wroten Sneaker Blow out3

Well folks there you have it! I know we all had our opinions about the matter, but facts are facts. NBA players need new sneakers as often as possible to prevent mistakes like this from happening. The older the sneaker is, the high risk you have of a sneaker blow out. I salute Tony Wroten for being into kicks and wanting to look fresh on court, but the Sixers just tied record for most consecutive losses in their history – bruh, focus on the game and grab some Nike Zoom Crusaders like Paul George and James Harden. Last thing I would want for an NBA player is to have the ball last seconds in a game winning situation and you lose because the soles fell off.

Moral of this story, stop flexin!

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  • Executive aka The Wrong One

    Just as I said it was the age, the glue ain’t as strong as it was 9 years ago.

  • Smokeyfrom1999

    Great article and that’s why as years move I don’t mind retros ogs now a days are for more display purpose

  • *Just a little tip for the sneaker community, a deadstock unworn shoe stored for 7+ years will break easier if you decide to wear it now. However, if “unds” them and wear them around a little bit when you first get them, nothing crazy, just put your feet in them and walk around on your carpert in your house, then store them for 7+ years the soles won’t break or seperate as easily.*

  • I have some classic jordans and og nikes that I have on ice from 10+ years ago and every year I make sure I take them out and walk around my house in them for a quick bit.

  • omar najeeb

    We told them jb haters, didn’t we. Lol

  • I have these same air jordan 10’s and I can wear them out for a full days worth without worrying about them blowing up on me. Cause I make sure at least 1 time I wear them in my house and loosen them up

  • JayOldPeach.i7

    “Guys like Tony Wroten and Nick Young go through sneakers really fast because they want to play in older sneakers that look good.”
    The End.

  • I’m curious to see if wears these again once they are repaired.

  • Sole control is a joke, and that dude STEVE is the BIGGEST fraud in Philly. Sells fake sneakers on the reguake and has no love/knowledge/respect for the culture and continued to try and destroy it in Philly. Straight CLOWN.

  • running_head

    Lol seems marketing scheme to get corny Sole Control some buzz

  • ^ @running_head me the guy who wrote the initial article & follow up has ZERO cares about a marketing scheme, I prefer aiding the fight against mislead opinions in this culture. But to each his own lol.

  • running_head

    I didn’t mean the article, I get why you wrote it.

  • @Ray P – I know this had nothing to do with a marketing scheme or anything to support SC. I KNOW G Roc would never risk TSGs reputation like that. As far as mislead opinions, there were a lot of em, about what happened with this shoe. Everybody that’s not a complete moron, knew it was an age issue…But everything I wrote in my comment above, is 100% true, and this knowledge comes from being there FIRST HAND for all the shadiness, then calling it out and leaving because of it. That dude Steve is a well known fraud and gets no respect or credit from anybody that knows anything in Philly. He blatantly sells fakes and “early” sneakers. Having him comment and “shed light” on a subject he knows nothing of, when he’s already so fraudulent, is not a good look. Once again, these are all FACTS. Not opinion. I expect more from TSG and so do others.

  • The Hypemachine

    Lol duke sold him da shoes , how does the guy who sold the hypebeast the shoes not know anything about the situation?

    I think this hypebeast has learned his lesson. You won’t get Nike big bucks by being a sneakerhead bro, you do it by putting up stats on paper not how many posts you get on sneaker blogs.

    Sup with mf’ers taking kicks so serious these days?

  • omar najeeb

    I know of this guy who works at sole control who is good for bogarding all the lines n campouts at releases buy having 4-5 murhapgukas in line to grab multi-pairs of a release. I got a cousin of mine who gets looked out for buy folks at sole..too.
    But I’ve also heard of their bs antics’n’$#!+ too. Lol

  • @Feetheat it’s never a bad look to go to the source who sold the guy the pair of shoes to clear up a story. I’m not sure what went on in Philly, sounds like some serious stuff. Maybe best suited for a different day or topic.

  • omar najeeb

    ^^ Um hmm.

  • Executive aka The Wrong One

    I checked their website out and it’s safe to say I won’t be shopping there, they have the same prices as flightclubnyc.

  • Executive aka The Wrong One

    I think all shady dudes especially the ones that get grimey when it comes to some bulls hit shoes need they a ss blown off.

  • dirty_dayday

    Dudes are cool over at SC, but it’s not good business. Their stock numbers are always messed up online – they messed up an order of mine twice – and the shoes are not in the condition that they’re listed in. I ordered some Buellers from em and when I went to go pick em up, they only had one of the cheetah shoelaces. I got a refund in store credit from em when they messed up my first order, spent it on some SBs, and do not ever plan to go back again.

    Like I said though, cool guys. Steve has a cauliflower ear and I found out he wrestled, so I respect him a bit more because of that. Heard some people don’t like the atmosphere there, but it’s a chill spot in the Northern Liberties, which is a great part of Philly.


    I still have these and although i don’t wear them as much or in .
    NBA game they still look good

  • izzy

    Hey sole control good job on beating him over the head on those 10s..ya should’ve been smart n business oriented n let him know that he shouldn’t ball in them Since there 9 years old!!..obviously jus wanted his money

  • izzy

    O yea….F a ‘re glue, I want my money

  • PhillySneaker

    No offense to the Journalism I’m sure it was well intended, but asking Sole Control and Stevie about customer service and fakes is like asking hitler his opinion on the holocaust. Your going to get his spin obviously. Just giving them the chance to lie to the public more, did they pay for this article?

  • Feetheat mad. Fired employee of sole control.. Oops. Didn’t your store just get aired out for 2fakes in two weeks. You’ll NEVER see a fake at sole control. Period. Three years and running

  • Thanks ray! Great little article.

  • Davon Clark

    Sole Control is known to mess up, man. Notorious for that stuff. They’re in a great location in the city and they generally do carry heat for understandable prices so they’ll always get business, but I’m never copping from there again. Never got the laces for my Buellers like they promised, and my Gibsons were definitely not in the condition they advertised. Cool peeps there, though. Good conversation.