Legendary. Classic. Stylish. The Nike Killshot from J.Crew has solidified its place as a formidable sneaker must have for the stylish man. I’m not much of a sneaker head but I felt the ripple effect of the excitement when Nike rereleased them back in Spring 2016. Up until then it had been sort of a relic, a collector’s item that only the stylistically savvy among us possess. What you see these days is the different Swoosh color schemes of the Killshot 2 but the original dates back to the 70s. The ever elusive Killshot 2 always shows up on the secondary market after J.Crew sells out on them time after time, typically for more sometimes double the $90 retail value. What gives? What makes these shoes so special? I mean, it’s just sneakers right?
The History of The KillShot
The Killshot 1 made its debut back in the 1970s as a tennis style shoe which was very common at that time. It seem to have stayed dormant for 30+ years until 2016. That’s where J.Crew comes in. J.Crew had been around selling preppy men’s clothing and some shoes from various brands including Nike. They stumbled across the Killshot 1 and got into an exclusive deal with Nike to revamp the classic shoe and sell it through them alone. Add to that, unintentional celebrity endorsements made the shoe well sought after. ADD TO THAT it keeps getting sold out ever since it’s resurgence in 2016, the elusive Killshots kept J.Crew’s relevancy at a time it was experiencing store close downs
Specs and Details
Per usual the shoe is divided into two parts: the upper and the outsole. The white area of the upper is made from leather and by the way it creases I won’t be surprised if it’s genuine leather.
The upper also has suede on the mudguard, vamp and the back of the shoe. A mudguard is typical on casual shoes. As with a lot of things in menswear, it started out functional (preventing dampness of the the toe) but it eventually just became a stylish piece.
Laces and tongue seem standard. The insoles have a soft cushion but won’t say it’s the softest.
The outsole, also known at the gumsole is made entirely of rubber and it’s what gives the shoe its distinct look.The contrasting off yellow color is polarizing to some but it adds to the retro look.
Is It Worth The Hype?
Coming in at $90 on the J.Crew website, it’s a fair price as far as sneakers go and one might even say it’s very affordable based on the demand of the shoe. But at $90 though? Well that would be the highest I’d go for with this shoe, some might argue it could be priced a tad nit lower. When it’s sold out, it can be found on the secondary market in excess of double the price. Is it worth $180+? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Even if you are a true sneakerhead, that seems a bit much but people are willing to buy it because of the holy grail levels it has risen to. Put it this way, I see it as a regular sneaker with alot of hype, exclusivity and celeb endorsements. Take all of that and put it on a Skechers shoe and you might have the same effect (yea, i know Skechers doesn’t have the brand power s Nike). It’s basic human psychology, make something exclusive, make it scarce and the demand for it will rise.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice looking shoe. Very versatile, it can be worn with a suit and with shorts. The price is fair but is it a must have sneaker in your wardrobe? Not really. You will get a nod of approval from those who are in the know and are stylishly inclined but to the average joe, it’s a just another sneaker.