Air Jordan Retro 9 “Kilroy” from repdream.com/collectdream.com
- Quality: Replica 5/5
- Appearance: 5/5
- Comfort : 3.5/5
- The Good: Nearly identical to the Authentics, straight cuts.
- The Bad: Leather too thick, Some poor stitching, crooked tongue tag.
- The Ugly: Reverse heel Jumpman, Font on tongue and insole, chubby jumpman on sole.
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
- Appearance: 4.5/5
- 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.
Bred 11 (“Normal” quality, $42-48 USD)
Bred 11 (AAA quality, $48-59 USD)
Bred 11 (“Perfect” quality $95-100 USD)
Check it out at nike.com
The day after the bred 4 release, we see another Jordan favorite release. The Air Jordan Retro 7 “Raptors” restocked in limited quantities. We also see the latest of the “Kilroy Pack” a black and light blue Retro 9 dubbed the “Slim Jenkins” (not to be confused with the Photo Blue color way released earlier this month.) Both styles are available at footlocker.com but again, in limited quantities so cop them now!
Air Jordan Retro 4 Black/Red Cement (“Bred”) from hiphopiop.com
There have been a lot of requests for the link to these shoes. The link has been removed from hiphopiop.com (http://www.hiphopiop.org/2012-New-Jordan-4(1:1)-003-39222/) The second closest thing they have is 2012 New AAA Jordan 4 -002
- Quality: 1:1 Replica 5/5
- Appearance: 5/5
- Comfort : 4/5
- The Good: Dimensions, materials, color, tag.
- 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.
**UPDATE Sold Out**
The Jordan Retro 4 (IV) (Fire Red/Varsity Red) has been released in limited stock and sizes only at
They’re the perfect for early Christmas gift (for yourself) and wont be here long.
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.