Breaking Down New Air Jordan 'Bentley Ellis' Shoes
October is the month that simply keeps on giving for the "sneakerhead" community.
The month has already seen the release of the 10th edition of LeBron James' signature line of shoes and the unveiling of the KD V's, both of which came with a ton of fanfare.
Nevertheless, there is no entity in basketball shoes greater than Jordan, and this October has been a special month for that brand as well, with the release of the retro Jordan IX Kilroy Pack.
Inspired by His Airness' alter egos, the shoes have revived a marketing campaign made popular during Michael Jordan's first retirement. The collection started with its namesake, followed with the Fontay Montanas and continues with its third installment with the release of the Bentley Ellis shoes on Oct. 27.
Ellis is a player for a fictional team called the Crawfish, which coincidentally had colors not too dissimilar to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With huge expectations and a $160 price tag, the designers have a ton of pressure to deliver a strong product.
How did they do? Here's a look at how the Bentley Ellis shoes grade out.
"Wow" Factor: 8.5/10
Though there is nothing outwardly remarkable or flashy about these kicks, the colorway is just so striking that it's impossible to avoid staring at these shoes.
Adorned with the university gold and dark cayenne colors that make the Cavaliers' jerseys among the best in the NBA, this is just a winning combination.
It's also nice how the two most noticeable colors work well with the base white to provide a great contrast that isn't always there with white kicks.
Sneakerheads looking to get a pair of eye-catching shoes without all the unnecessarily mismatched colors should jump on these.
Nothing short of an absolute win here, and it's done with class.
Like all of the shoes in the Jordan IX Kilroy Pack, the design is nothing short of fantastic from top to bottom.
The colorway is what makes the Ellises the best of the bunch so far, as the gold accentuates the more standard colors and allows them to shine. Without the color change on the lining, heel and outsole, it's likely that we're staring at a rather drab pair of sneakers.
Nonetheless, as with previous iterations, it's the commitment to the theme that makes these kicks truly stand out.
From the inner-tongue etching of the Crawfish name to the outer-tongue lettering that spells out Ellis' shoes, it's this attention to detail you can only get from the Jordan brand.
For sneakerheads that love the marketing campaign, there will be no mistaking that you're wearing a pair of Bentley Ellis signature shoes.
With releases like this, that's about all you can ask for from the designers.
How would you grade the Bentley Ellis sneakers out of 10?
While the previous two releases from the Kilroy Pack were only must-buys for the collectors, I can see even the casual consumer getting a great deal of pleasure out of these kicks.
They are designed to be worn on the court, but the shoe also lends itself well to everyday wear.
If you're sitting around in need of a pair of kicks and have $160 just lying around, you hook me up with the cash and I'll give you a pair of my old shoes.
Either that, or you can grab a pair of Ellises while they're still available.
The choice is yours.
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