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Commentary: Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘Bordeaux’ sole black or gray?


The following is a fictional representation of what I believe went into the planning of the Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘Bordeaux’.


Meanwhile, at Jordan Brand global headquarters…

Random executive raises hand: “We should stop bringing back all the classics. These wild colorways and the blue icy soles are way cooler!”

Other guy: “But we’ve already announced the Bordeauxs.”

First guy: “Oh shoot! You’re right. Let’s just change the midsole. Let’s…let’s make it black!”

*everyone else applauds*

*end scene*


I’m not aware of who the top color designer at Jordan Brand is and who has to actually give things a go, but they both seem to suck. How can you take an Air Jordan 7, that’s a classic, and that everyone has been waiting on for years, and just give it a black midsole? We aren’t talking about a detail here, they have changed the whole look of the shoe. I know people whose favorite shoe it is, that won’t buy it. Everything else seem to have stayed the same. Kind of. Rather just throw a blue icy sole on it. I’m not amused.

(Ed.’s note: Different photos from different sources have shown the Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘Bordeaux’ with varying shades on the midsole. Some photos show what appears to be a black midsole, others dark graphite or a solid gray. The photos featured in this piece show a dark graphite color, but the actual appearance of the sole is yet to be determined on sight.)

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Photos courtesy of Finish Line

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