Michael Jordan-stamped Air Jordans pique the interest of sneakerheads, even just moderate ones, for a myriad of reasons. It can be because of the classy design, the limited edition, or even simply because of the thrill of adding something new and a collectible to one’s shoe rack. But there are plenty of models to keep track of, not to mention limited numbers and out of the blue releases that it can be easy to miss out on a particular pair. The Air Jordan 1 Top 3 Gold is a case in point; it led to many collectors’ frustration last year for being released in only select cities and in small stocks.
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Release date: November 2017
The Air Jordan 1 Top 3 Gold was released first in Los Angeles and then in New York late last year as limited editions, taking inspiration from the first Air Jordan ever dropped as well as the Top 3 motif of the brand in recent years. The shoes are distinct for their gold/black/white colorway, mismatched details, and patent leather.
The Air Jordan 1 Top 3 Gold both looks and feels like sneaker royalty. Modeled after the silhouette of the first Jordan, the classic appearance lends to a more stately design in which the colors gold, white and black are employed. As expected, the gold emits some shimmer, but they are just of the right amount and would not cross tackier territory. Gone are the days when sneakers are limited to sporty and casual occasions; with the current trends, you can dress up with these gold sneakers and no one would dare object. The majestic appearance may conceal the impression that these are snug and comfortable shoes—they are—but your feet would love to be in them for most of the day.
Some Air Jordans look better with a worn in appearance, but unfortunately, the Air Jordan 1 Top 3 Gold is not one of them. The sneakers use patent leather, and no matter how careful you are with them, any movement on your part will inevitably result in unsightly creases. Because of the material, one can also expect that the pair is stiffer than most Air Jordans. Also, these are quite hard to obtain because the number of shoes released was only limited to a few hundreds. It is very likely that you’d pay considerably more than the original price before you can cop them, and anyone who follows news about sneakers know that that isn’t always the best choice.
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