When Zoom Air cushioning was originally brought to the Air Jordan lineage via the Air Jordan XII, it took an unusual path, and here we look at the two Air Jordans that bookend the Air Jordan XII and its full-length Zoom; the Air Jordan XI was supported by full-length Zoom implanted within the...
The next model in line after the Air Jordan XII is the Air Jordan XIII. The Air Jordan XIII was released in honor of Michael Jordan's third season with the Chicago Bulls in 1996-97. The shoe features a full-length Zoom air unit in the heel for increased responsiveness and a premium leather upper.
The final model in the original Zoom Air version of the Jordan 11 family is the Air Jordan IV. The Air Jordan IV was released in 1997. It is considered by many to be one of the best basketball shoes ever made with modern players saying it offers better comfort than other models from the era. The shoe was designed using data collected from top players during pre-season workouts to optimize fit and performance.
The Zoom Air technology used on all four models is the same, but each shoe uses different materials and construction techniques to provide different levels of support. All four shoes are considered classics today and are often worn by current and former NBA players. However, the Air Jordan XII is the only pair in the lineup that does not feature red or black on its sole or tongue.
Nike Air Jordan 1 "Metallic Silver" was released in 1985. It featured a white leather upper with silver and black graphics. The shoe's sole was made of synthetic material.
Air Jordan 1 "Black/White" was released in 1985. It was called "The Black/White Game" in promotional materials due to its color combination. This style did not become available for sale until 1986, but it was designed before the release date. It is believed that this style was commissioned by Michael Jordan (who was then playing for the Chicago Bulls) as a gift for his father. He wanted him to be the first person to try them on in training camp, but they didn't have a size large enough to fit his dad.
In addition to these two models, Nike also released one other version of the Air Jordan 1 - "Gym Red". These are rarer than the "Black/White" model because only certain athletes were given the opportunity to wear them during gym class at school. They are now considered vintage shoes due to their high price tag ($200-400 each) as well as their age (made in 1995).
Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro "He Got Game" released in 2013. Featuring a black and red color scheme with white and blue accents, the Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro "He Got Game" is made with leather and synthetic materials for a lightweight design that can be worn during warm-weather months. A rubber sole and air bubble technology are also included for added comfort.
The Air Jordan 13 was one of three models released in 2013 in support of Kobe Bryant's basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers. The other two designs were the Black/Red Kobe XI and the White/Blue Kobe XI. Each model is named after a game that the Lakers played in its entirety including all its rounds. The first game was announced as "He Got Game" on January 24, 2013.
In conclusion, the Nike Air Jordan 13 "He Got Game" was released in 2013 and it is still available in many stores worldwide.
The Air Jordan Retro craze has begun. When the Air Jordan 12 was originally retroed in 2003, Jordan Brand introduced a new 'Black/White/University Blue' colorway of the sneaker made of Nubuck rather than full-grain leather. This year, the brand revisits the model by releasing a new "12th Anniversary" release that includes a black and white look with University Blue accents.
The Air Jordan 12 features a complete upper of black leather with white stitching and a blue outsole for $190.00 - $200.00 (US).
This is a must-have shoe for fans of classic sneakers who want a limited edition pair at a reasonable price tag. The Black/White/University Blue colorway is also very attractive, so if you're looking for something different then this could be the shoe for you.