Air Jordan 16 : 2000–2001
It was Michael Jordan’s 38th birthday on February 17, 2001, which was when Jordan Brand released the Air Jordan 16. More than a decade after Tinker Hatfield had started designing Air Jordan shoes; this was the very first pair that was not designed by him. However, the Air Jordan 16 still sported the best features seen in previous Hatfield Jordan designs. Jordan 16 became particularly iconic when MJ was spotted wearing the pair in the sports-drama film, “He Got Game.”
Some of the most coveted features of the Jordan Brand franchise were combined by Wilson Smith to design Jordan 16. The pair was a prime example of the franchise’s transition. Perhaps this is why the pair featured a squarer toe and visible Air after such a long time. Like Jordan 16, the pair featured patent leather, and after such a long time, also featured a clear rubber sole with visible .
The fact that Jordan 16 was covered with a brand new gaiter/shroud was a feature that made it particularly unique. The gaiter could be removed so that this otherwise casual-looking street shoe could be transformed into the game shoe it was designed to be. Inspiration for Jordan XVI also came from architecture and automobiles as well.
Although Jordan 16 did made a comeback in 2008 in the Black/Varsity Red colorway, but the only new pair seen this year was the player exclusive Ray Allen “Christmas” PEs given to Ray Allen as a Christmas gift.
Release Date: June 21st, 2008
322723-061 323941-992 | $310
Release Date: February 17th, 2001
136059-061 | $160
Release Date: November 24th, 2001
136080-701 | $160
Release Date: September 29th, 2001
136069-001 | $135
Release Date: August 4th, 2001
136069-101 | $135
Release Date: June 2nd, 2001
136080-020 | $160