On Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal 1997 posse cut “Triumph,” U-God kicks off his verse with the following bars:
“Olympic torch flaming, we burn so sweet/The thrill of victory, the agony, defeat.”
Those last seven words, which were originally spoken by ABC’s Jim McKay in the Wide World of Sports intro, are the perfect way to describe not only sports, but being a sneakerhead as well.
We all yearn to catch a W on Saturday mornings or in raffles or surprise weekday restocks, and the feeling is sweet indeed. The same goes when we strike out (and we’ve all taken an L on a pair we really wanted at some point or another).
But when that pair of sneakers arrives in the mail, it doubles down on that feeling that you’ve won. You’ve unboxed yourself a trophy.
You can bet that’ll be how you feel when you see the Air Jordan 12 Retro Low SE ‘Black & Metallic Gold’ in hand for the first time.
The new Jumpman release, made to commemorate Feb. 12’s Super Bowl LV in Tampa, is heavy on the celebration theme.
Sockliners decorated with confetti patterns, gold highlights on a Black upper with vivid Varsity Red mudguards and outsoles pull together for a premium look on a low-cut version of the classic Air Jordan 12 silhouette.