This Air Jordan 13 ‘Barons’ Sample is Wildly Different to the Released Version
A sneaker usually goes through multiple rounds of revisions to their colours and materials before they hit the shelves for consumers to buy, meaning what ends up at retail can be vastly different to how it initially looked. This is very much the case for the Air Jordan 13 ‘Barons’ that released back in 2014, whereby this sample pair pictured above is nowhere near the final version.
As shared by proficient rare pair hunters @englishsole, these looksee samples go over the top with iridescent detailing across the dimpled upper. This accent was used minimally on the mudguard trim of the GR pair, but here it’s the main attraction. To be fair, it appears as glossy black in some angles, but with enough light on it, it’s all rainbow glitter. And unlikely the majority white base of the retail version, this sample goes dark with a tonal black suede mudguard, which is sort of a nod to the 13’s OG colourways. Some details remained to the end, such as the teal Jumpman logos on the tongue.
Should this wild version have released instead of the final product? Considering the relatively modest secondary value of the GR, perhaps this earlier edition could have stoked some hype flames for its unconventional finish.