I’ve been sitting on these sneaks for a few months, they weren’t in the greatest of condition but I believe they still have a ton of life left in them. Similar to the Jordan Varsity VII Maize/Yellow sneakers I restored a few months ago — the only issues with the fire reds were chipped paint on the mid-soles, and a few cracks in the front toes of the shoes, and overall fading on the leather. I didn’t want to spend a ton of time trying to remove every crack and wrinkle in the shoe when the most significant issue was color fading.
The mid-sole took me the most time due to the fact that there was some significant damage incurred to the left shoe after I tried to strip the paint with a nail file. I recommend never using a nail file for these shoes, as the sanding will inadvertently strip some of the mid-sole material. Use acetone and cotton balls or a clean Microfiber cloth.
The restoration took me about 10 hours spanned over the course of four weeks due to my schedule. The mid-soles were painted a custom fire red and black, while the leather was wrapped in four coats of flat white Angelus shoe paint and topped with a leather finish which provided a protective coat for the paint and a brand new shine.
Brand new, these sneakers retail from $135 – $200, depending on the size. This particular color-way/style can be worn year round. Used, you can purchase them for around $79 – $100 in good condition.
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- Air Jordan VII Retro OG – Fire Red
- Year – 2005
- Color – White, Fire Red /Varsity Red/ Black
- Style Code –
Material Used to Restore Sneakers:
- Angelus Flat White, Fire Red, and Black Shoe Paint
- Angelus Acrylic Shoe finisher
- Style Number – 304774-101