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.
There are a lot of Retro 11 replicas out there. Most of them are horrible. I don’t say that lightly. However there is a new pair being pumped out of china claiming to be “perfect”. Only differences I see are proper tongue tag spacing, and better jumpman logo on the ankle.
The shoe runs $100, and still doesn’t have the heel 23 right, toe color or carbon fiber. But as always, don’t take my word for it, check out these reviews straight from the factory.
The Bad: Red mark on sole, some paint mistakes on bottom left sole.
The Ugly: Tongue corners angled, should be rounder, stars on toe too small/flat.
Conclusion: Hiphopiop offered a 1:1 of the Jordan 4, and they delivered. Common shortcomings of a replica 4 (i.e. Materials, Tongue size, weight, jumpman, color) were spot on in this pair. Seriously in a side by side, you couldn’t spot the fake. Even holding the shoes in your hand you still couldn’t.
As usual tho, hiphopiop cannot get a package to you in good shape. Looks like it went thru a warzone to get here. Luckily the products inside were not affected. It was missing the dust-bag, but all the little annoyances are gone as soon as these shoes hit your feet. They look perfect and are true to size. I was seriously impressed. It felt to me like the toebox was a little snug on the inside, but it could just be me, or comparing to a worn in pair. The real heartbreaker is the red mark on the sole. It’s the only obvious flaw, albeit a quality one not a design one.
You know the phrase “they broke the mold when they made this one?” I’m pretty sure they sole the mold when they made this one. It’s just that close.
Nike Lebron X Diamond series Lava/Charcoal/Black/Total Orange (Mango) hiphopiop.com
Quality: Unknown 5/5
Comfort : 5/5
The Good: High quality materials (real flywire supports, hyperfuse and TPU wing).
The Bad: Dull orange on swoosh. Tongue tab too short. Ankle support uneven edges.
The Ugly: Flat laces/should be round with orange tip. Toebox too long.
Conclusion: No manufacturing mistakes visible, and superb materials. This Lebron X is as comfortable to wear as it is beautiful. So far nike has released only four versions of the Lebron X Crown Jewel (Fireberry), USA (Gold Medal), Blue Diamond (wind chill) and China Jade (Cutting Jade). This colorway first appeared this summer is yet to be released and has been rumored to be called “Magma”. Since the details haven’t been released yet, we’re unsure if they will have nike+ support, but leaked photos so far don’t seem to support that.
UPDATE Shoes dropped 12/08/2012 with the official name being “Lava”
The box was a Lebron 9 box with a Lebron X sticker sloppily stuck on there. Being hiphopiop, it’s not like I expected a box to arrive in good shape anyway. They taped bubble wrap to the box, which tore it apart when removing the wrap. Best intentions aside, a sturdier box to ship the package in would work much better. The shoe itself is very nice, looks amazing, feels amazing. The 360 pocket and flywire/TPU make you feel like the shoe was custom made for your foot. True to Lebron shoes, it runs about half a size small. Altho the shoe is missing the phylon midsole it is still extremely comfortable, almost as good as the real thing. Hyperfuse design eliminates a lot of the stitching/painting issues you come to expect when ordering shoes from China, however the orange on the swoosh is a little dull. The silver is gunmetal gray, which is in line with the legit ones. Heel design has the flaming diamonds. Beware replicas with shiny silver and American flags on the heel.
Ultimately at $150 less than you’d pay for a retail cop, these shoes are the most bang for the buck I’ve ever seen.
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.