The Air Jordan 10 (X) has the distinct honor of being the model that Michael Jordan did not give final approval on. Although MJ and Tinker Hatfield had initial talks about the model, his Airness retired from basketball after the first Chicago Bulls’ 3-peat and passing of his father. Although gone from the NBA, MJ’s presence was felt as partner in crime Scottie Pippen wore the AJ10 during some games in his absence. Luckily baseball had a strike and the bug bit MJ as he joined the Bulls once again to make a run.
Air Jordan X “Steel” OG uploaded by PabloJordan
The Air Jordan 10 (X) “Steel” colorway was one of the original builds of the model, the signature colorway of the new model and one of the few that was not made for a specific city. Returning to dealers this weekend, there is one main difference from this version from the original. When released originally, without MJ’s approval, there was an extra strip of leather around the toebox added for durability. When Jordan was making his return to the league and given his pairs to wear he told Tinker to take the extra leather off to give it a sleek look. He disliked it so much he reportedly would make up the financial difference if they didn’t sell as well as his previous models.
The design was a unique one as it commemorated MJ’s accolades. On the outsole there was the creative move of putting a list of MJ’s big achievements from ’85 to ’94 (10 years). The eyelets straps are colored and follow the flow of the outsole to continue the them on the leather-bound model. The same white, black and Light Steel Grey combination of colors are used including the checkered liner. The last we saw this colorway was in 2005 so we expect to see plenty of sneakerholics picking up pairs. But would you rather have your retro be clean or have the extra cap around the toe?
Air Jordan 10 “Steel” 2005 Retro uploaded by desharu