Jordan 16

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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.” Continue reading Jordan 16

Jordan 15

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Air Jordan 15: 1999–2000

Jordan Brand released Jordan 15 during the 1999–2000 season, but Jordan himself never wore them in an NBA game since he had already retired. During the 1950s, NASA had developed the revolutionary X-15 fighter jet, and that is where the inspiration of  Jordan 15’s aerodynamic design came from. The pair had a tongue that somewhat drooped forward, parallel to the ground. Continue reading Jordan 15

Jordan 13

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Air Jordan 13: 1997–1998

The 1997–1998 season was the last one that Michael Jordan played as a part of the Bulls, and that was when Jordan Brand released Jordan 13. Jordan 13 featured a mastermind design, the credit for which goes to Tinker Hatfield. A considerable number of Jordan shoe fans consider the Air Jordan 13 as the best design model by Jordan Brand. Continue reading Jordan 13

Jordan 12

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Air Jordan 12: 1996–1997

At the time the Air Jordan 12 was supposed to be unveiled, the twelfth model from the Air Jordan line had to compete with Nike’s Foamposite and Shox. It might be hard to believe but the source of inspiration for the Air Jordan 12 came from Nisshoki, a 19th century woman’s fashion shoe, while its design was also inspired by the Rising Sun seen in the Japanese flag, which is the reason that sun rays are depicted through the stitching that runs down its side panels. Unlike its predecessors, the tongue of the Air Jordan 12 features “Two 3” instead of “23.”

In 2015, Jordan Brand and Public School NYC collaborated to work on the Air Jordan, but the real retro gems will arrive next year in the form of the classic “Flu Game,” “French Blue” and “Varsity Red” colorways. Even the Air Jordan 12 “Master” will hit the shelves in 2016 as a part of the “Poster” collection. Continue reading Jordan 12

Jordan 11

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Air Jordan 11: 1995–1996

Most Jordanheads greatly admire the Air Jordan 11 and the model has always been a bestseller. Michael Jordan wore the Air Jordan 11 during the 1995-1996 season after he returned to the NBA. Despite considering the use of high-end nylon materials, Tinker Hatfield ultimately decided to use patent leather to construct the eleventh sneaker from the Air Jordan line so that it would resemble the shiny body of a convertible vehicle. He even gave the sneaker a lightweight Phylon midsole that included a full-length carbon fiber plate and a full-length Air-Sole unit.

2015’s annual Air Jordan 11 Retro release hit the shelves in the form of the “72-10” colorway and a Spain-based sneaker shop played a prank by showcasing a “Moon Landing” iteration that does not really exist. Fortunately, it is being rumored that Jordan Brand might drop the Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” in 2016. Continue reading Jordan 11