The Good: Solid stitching, perfect pattern, decent material.
The Bad: Jumpman side tag slightly off.
The Ugly: Color way too dark. No carbon fiber snakeskin, glossy plastic instead, leather texture different.
Conclusion: As usual with ordering any Jordans online, your first concern is the colorway, and the second concern the quality. Unlike the Obsidian 12′s previously reviewed, the quality is almost dead on, but the colorway is a swing and a miss. I guess you can’t win them all
The box was destroyed, flimsy retro insert card included, and of course the box design is from a decade ago, but who’s worried about the box anyway? What stands out is how much darker all the colours are. The Orange is borderline red and the cool gray seems more like a slate gray to me. Putting them side by side with the real thing really contrasts the difference, but on the foot it’s almost unnoticeable without really taking a hard look.
As before the snakeskin carbon fiber being replaced by shiny plastic and a pattern, but the rest of the sole was solid, better than the originals, sadly. Tongue is too wide, the shoe too narrow and a bit on the short side. Really if you think of them as $160 shoes, it’d feel like a rip-off, but for $38 (plus $20 shipping), you can’t go wrong.
Boxes side by side
Flimsy retro card insert.
Side by side.
Tags are straight.
You can see the jumpman tag differs and heel shape slopes less.
The Bad: Few loose threads, crooked heel tag, pebble leather a bit too thick.
The Ugly: No carbon fiber snakeskin, glossy plastic instead.
Conclusion: While the ordering process at hiphopiop is a borderline nightmare and communication is almost non existent, the product itself made up for it. My first concern was the colorway, and the second concern the quality. Fortunately, hiphopiop knocked it out of the park with the color. Dead on, right down to the tags. The materials were a little thicker and shinier than you’d want, but color was slick.
The quality was a different story. The right shoe was amazing, but the left one, as you can see, had some stitching inconsistencies, sloppy paint and puckering on the toe. The fact one shoe is so on, makes the other shoe look that much worse.
The laces don’t fit through the claps, but the ones from my legit 12s do so you’d need to replace the laces. The snakeskin carbon fiber being replaced by shiny plastic and a pattern, not impressive, but not a deal breaker either. Really tho, even for replicas, it’s not bad at all. There’s no issue that couldn’t be fixed with a razor blade and a steady hand.