It’s not easy following a legend. You come into existence in the shadow of a tremendous legacy, and forging your own identity is a long and arduous road. So when it came to following the Air Jordan XI, the next sneaker had quite the impressive act to follow.
And yet, despite the challenges it faced, the Air Jordan XII more than lived up to expectations.
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Most famously linked with Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals–known more commonly as “The Flu Game”–the XII was a part of several iconic Michael Jordan on-court performances, despite the fact that in 1997 voters collectively decided they were sick of giving MJ the MVP award every year and handed it to Jazz forward Karl Malone instead. Jordan got his revenge in the Finals, and for the XII its place in history was no less secure.
Originally released in five colorways, the XII has enjoyed a long second life as a retro release, with many new colorways added to make it a fit in every situation. Unlike most sneakers from that era, you’ll even still see it on an NBA court from time to time; over the years, players like Rip Hamilton, Ray Allen, and Carmelo Anthony have all put up big games with the XIIs on their feet.
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A shoe revered for its comfort and design as well as its basketball functionality, the Air Jordan XII is one of the Jordan Brand‘s most iconic models. And with the release of the “French Blue” XIIs coming up this Saturday at Champs Sports, there are clearly still many new chapters to write in this story.
As you get ready for this latest version of the XII to drop, let’s take a look at 12 Things You Didn’t Know About the Air Jordan 12.
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