Conclusion: The first few attempts at the Retro 9 Kilroy ended up looking downright fake, almost like they weren’t trying. We saw review after review on youtube, meanwhile the Retro 9 Kilroy enjoyed a record 7 restocks. Cop These Kicks has been getting a lot of requests to review a “Fake Kilroy” so we finally did.
This was our first order from repdream.com. I think by now it’s obvious they’re using the same factory as hiphopiop but I will say, their customer service is slightly better and the package arrived in perfect shape, not beat and bent.
The shoe itself did have a “glue smell” that will give you a headache, but i have to say thats the worst of it. They’ve really improved the Kilroy, next to perfect. It stands up against our retail pickup in almost every way. The most disappointing flaw for me is the tongue. Too thick, wrong font, doesn’t pop like it should. This is realitively minor tho compared to most replica issues.
The “platinum” leather is too thick, and it’s noticeable next to the authentic pair. Seams bulge a little, makes the tongue puffy, however, stand alone, you wouldn’t notice it. Like most replica 9′s it has the reversed jumpman on the heel. This is a throwback to all Retro 9 releases prior to 2012.
Finally, if you don’t want to ruin your Kilroys but want to rock a pair, these will look as good as the real thing on your feet.
Air Jordan Retro 9 “Doernbecher” (White / Metalic Gold / Black) from hiphopvp.com
In 2012 we saw a lot of Retro 9 releases, but the most sought after colorway by far was the Doernbecher. Every year, nike releases the Freestyle Doernbecher line of shoes, that always contains a new unique Retro Jordan in a colorway designed by children of the Doernbecher hospital. Often creative, and always limited, no one expected such an elegant design as Oswaldo Jimenez’s “Pollito”
Quality: Replica 3.5/5
Comfort : 3.5/5
The Good: Dimensions and size are perfect, detail is amazing.
The Bad: Strange “nail polish” smell. lighter materials, some missed stitching.
The Ugly: Sole missing red and green color, one jumpman on sole reversed..
Conclusion: Hiphopiop (aka hiphopvp, hiphopxp, and a million other shady names) has been a favorite for copthesekicks due to their studio photos and quick stocking of rare colorways. When I saw a Doernbecher 9, I was doubtful. Theres just too much detail in these shoes, and I expected to receive a dumpster fire instead of a proper colorway. I was wrong
For once, the pachage arrived in good shape, and the shoes were spot on. Every mark, every font, everything exceeds expectation for a replica. Description doesn’t do it justice so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Put next to my retail Kilroys, size and shape are identical. Weight and materials however are not. The replicas are much lighter, and on the foot offer almost no support compared to the real deal. The only reason I scored them so low on quality is I have a feeling I’ll break my ankle if I tried to ball in these. Leave them off the court and tread lightly. They also smelled strongly of whatever finishing product they used, a bit offputting and it took days to go away.
The stitching isn’t on point but it isn’t bad either, and the gold doesn’t pop like it should, just a little dull. Major flaws were limited to one of the jump man logos on the sole is reversed (left foot) and the bottom of the sole is white and icy blue, where it should be Green and Red. Not noticable when walking around, but I suspect people would want to get a close look at a pair of Doernbecher’s so wear with caution.
2012 can be called the Year of the 9 for the Jordan brand. After a slew of colorways, including the Kilroy Alter Ego Pack, we will get one more, The Doernbecher.
Every year Nike teams up with the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and release a limited edition set of shoes. Often coveted is the Jordan brand release, in a unique colorway designed by one of the children. This year we see a White/Metallic Gold/Black retro IX with featuring a feather pattern, Pollito on the tongue (Spanish for “little chicken”) and the number 17 on the heel designed by Oswaldo Jiminez. His birthday, September 13th, is inside the tongue, and his name is on the pull tab.
The shoes will drop 11/30 at nike.com and authorized nike retail locations.
With the Jordan Retro 9 Alter Ego craze in mid hype, theres a lot of people trying to cop these. Even more trying to cop them all without blowing a hole in their wallet. copthesekicks.com can appreciate wanting to pickup a pair of j’s on the cheap, but you don’t want to get ripped off and thats what these are.
So far from what I’ve seen, most of the Kilroy (Alter Ego) series from non retail have been WAY below standard. I wouldn’t even call them replicas. Downright fake. Wrong tongue tag, wrong number on heel, no embroidering, wrong sole patterns. These aren’t the kind of thing you can fix either.
But don’t take my word for it, check out the video for yourself.
And the legit sneakers can still be found online, the Kilroy Colorway has had a record 8 restocks since launch. Finishline.com Footlocker.com
Today we saw the first of the “Kilroy” series, aka “Alter Ego Pack” of retro 9′s Nike has announced 6 releases, all based on Michael Jordan’s post-retirement alter-egos.
The rest will be released over the next 2 months, each with their own “Team” colors, Name on tongue, and embroidered inside with team name or logo. We’ll keep you up-to-date with the releases and where to cop them.