Friday 5: September 24th, 2010
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words_Brandon Richard Thank God it's Friday! Another week of sneaker news is in the books, and there's no doubt that some exciting things are happening in the near future. We saw our first detailed look of Kobe's new shoe, new colorways of the Air Max LeBron VIII and several sets of images showcasing upcoming Jordan retros. We've decided to start recapping your top 5 stories of the week, judging by the amount of hits each one received. Take a look below to see what was hot on Sole Collector this week. Saturday night, we got our first look at the 2011 "Cement" Air Jordan Retro 3 release. Last seen in 2003, the "Cement" Retro 3 will return next year sporting a look that maintains most of the original qualities that made it an instant classic , minus noticeably thicker lines in the cement print. Currently ranked at #3 on our iPhone Power Rankings, the "Cement" Air Jordan Retro 3 is expected to hit retailers in January. Sneakerheads were left disappointed Monday after a new set of "Cool Grey" Retro 11 photos seemingly indicated that the highly anticipated release would not come with special packing. However, some readers speculated that the plain Jordan box pictured in the photos was just a throw in from companies who received their pairs early. On Wednesday, those suspicions were confirmed when an all-new set of "Cool Grey" 11 images surfaced, showing the shoes packaged in a special box similar to the one created for last year's "Space Jam" 11 release. You'll be able to pick up the specially packaged "Cool Grey" 11 on December 23rd. While Nike Basketball is preparing for an official unveiling of the Air Max LeBron VIII next week, we're already seen the new hoop shoe in several colorways. The latest is the "China" colorway, which sports a tumbled white leather upper accented by sport red hits on the inner liner, tongue padding, Swoosh border and midsole. While these were originally reported to be a China exclusive, a slightly modified pair will drop stateside on October 26th. For weeks, the sneaker community has waited for official images of Kobe's new snakeskin textured signature shoe. That wait came to an end on Monday, when photos of the Black/Del Sol-Dark Grey-White colorway turned up on Foot Locker Unlocked. The shoe acts as a literal interpretation of Kobe's "Black Mamba" nickname, featuring a black reptile texture throughout the upper. A staple colorway in Nike's Kobe signature line, del sol, grey and white compliment the look. Certainly an interesting shoe to look at, will they end up on your feet when they're released a day after Christmas? The Air Jordan 3 made the list at #1. Kobe Bryant took spot #4. Combine the two and you have the fifth biggest story of the week. Fresh off his deal with adidas in 2002, Kobe Bryant decided to wear a variety of brands in attempt to figure out his next footwear destination. Number 8 (at the time) laced up everything from Reebok to And1, before settling down with a variety of Air Jordan styles. After noticing Kobe's affinity for the Jumpman, the Jordan Brand sent Kobe several pairs of player exclusives in 2003. In addition to Laker-colored Retro 7 and 8 exclusives, Kobe broke out this purple and gold colorway of the Air Jordan 3. Is it about time that the Jordan Brand retros Kobe's player exclusive colorways? What stories were you interested in this week? Be sure to let us know below so that we can continue to provide you with the latest news that you want to read.