Michael Jordan’s career arc can most easily be read by following the releases in his signature shoe line. From the original Air Jordan 1–adorned by the brash, high-flying rookie–to the XIs on his feet while he dunked on aliens in Space Jam, the sneakers call to mind memories of his feats while wearing the shoe.
That’s a major reason why people show up in droves to buy retro re-releases of his classic shoes–it’s a bit like unearthing a time capsule and transporting yourself back to when MJ was tearing up the hardwood. Feeling “Like Mike” continues to be a big selling point for hoop heads.
Memory of the Jordan XIV is a tad bittersweet, as their original release coincided with MJ’s final exit from the Bulls. If you were a fan of a team who fell victim to the Bulls buzz-saw in the ’90s, perhaps this is a good thing, but for most hoops enthusiasts, it was sad to see the game’s brightest star fade into the background.
Unlike Mike, though, the XIV is primed and ready for a comeback. Next up on the release docket at Champs Sports is a Jordan Retro XIV Low, coming this Saturday in a clean Blue/Yellow/Black “Laney” colorway. We recommend grabbing a pair of these if you have the money to spare–or if you couldn’t get the XIVs we told you about in September.
In case you need a little extra shove in the right direction, we dug up some of the history of the shoe so you can feel informed about your investment. These are 14 Things You Didn’t Know About the Air Jordan 14.
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