Nintendo-Themed Air Jordans Are About As 1989 As It Gets

Johnny Barry's Freaker Sneaks, who earlier this year did a custom run of Jordan IV's in a SNES colourway, are back with a handful of very expensive NES Jordans.

Damn, Look At These Super Nintendo Sneakers

Just as there must be balance in life, so too must there be balance in sneaker concept posts on Kotaku, a website that is occasionally about video games. We have had Adidas designs recently, so now we must share these very nice Jordans.

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They cost $US1250 ($1,597) a pair, and in addition to the NES colour scheme they have also got some extra features like Mario labels, a cartridge-shaped Jordan tag and, on the back, pressable D-pad and buttons salvaged from actual NES controllers.

If something purpler is your thing, I missed these NBA Jam ones, which also have SNES buttons at the back but are a bit more subtle.

I'm not as sold on the colours here as I was the SNES ones (I think Nike's actual NES Air Maxs did a better job with the console's colour scheme and imagery), but then, I appreciate that the NES is more appropriate inspiration for a shoe originally released in 1989.

As for that price, well, Barry is taking expensive sneakers then doing some extensive customisation work on a very small run of shoes. It's not that bad considering the resell prices people pay for shoes that aren't customised to suit their particular niche.

via Go Nintendo


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