On May 30th, Jordan Brand brought back the iconic Jordan 13 Flint in limited quantities. With this being one of the original Jordan 13 colorways, it is a staple in any Jordan collection. Combine this with the fact that the last time this pair was brought out of the Jordan vault was all the way back in 2010 and you have a recipe for some serious hype. While many of the younger generation have yet to own this shoe, many of us have worn our pairs from 2010, 2005, or even 1998 (if you are lucky enough to still have them) and were ready to re-up on a fresh pair. Unfortunately, with this release, supply didn’t even come close to demand and the shoe sold out quickly, leaving many of us stuck with our older pairs.

Jordan 13 Flint

The Flint 13s are just another example of something that happens all too often in the sneaker world; not being able to get your hands on a coveted retro. Whether it be the Jordan 5 Fire Red Silver Tongue, the Jordan 6 DMP, the Jordan 11 Playoffs Bred, or another shoe, there are many silhouettes that rarely retro and are tough to get your hands on when they do. To make things even worse, if you don’t get lucky on release day and still are in need of a pair to replace your worn out OG pair, you’re stuck paying hefty aftermarket prices… and that extra money could be spent on something much better, like another pair of shoes.

What if I told you, however, that you didn’t have to kiss your old pairs goodbye and pray to Nike that you get a rare win on SNKRS? Many sneakerheads have begun to realize that rather than buying new pairs of retros, it is a good idea to have their OG pairs restored. There are many reasons one might do this. Two of the most common reasons we’ve found are preserving the sentimental value that your original pair holds and not buying a retro because it’s made with cheaper materials than the OG pair. Many also realize that if the shoe is truly important to them, it’s more cost effective to have their pairs professionally restored than to pay resale for a pair that might not be made with the same high-quality materials. Take it from us, since the Jordan 13 Flint retro release, we’ve seen a boom in people sending us their 2010 pair to have restored rather than taking a chance on the retro pair.

Next time you think about buying a retro to replace your OG pairs, make sure to consider the benefits of a restoration as opposed to a replacement. We here at Proof Culture have a long history of sneaker restoration and know your sneakers inside and out, literally.  We would be more than happy to give your OG sneakers a new life so that they can continue to be worn for years to come.

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