You could make the case that no Air Jordan sneaker ever looked as good as the XIV does in a low-top. I wouldn’t argue with you, especially in this colorway. Dropping today at Champs Sports is the “Laney” edition of the XIV, a shoe that first released way back in the summer of 1999, the first of many low-top XIVs.
The low-top has always been a key aspect of the XIV’s history. Three different colorways, including this one, were a part of the initial release run of the sneaker back in 1999, and over the years we’ve seen more and more unique offerings from this silhouette.
Originally, the Air Jordan XIV was designed to identify with the Ferrari F355F1, with the sneaker’s most iconic aspect being a shield logo meant to mimic the Ferrari’s jousting black-and-yellow horse. Not only was this the lightest Air Jordan sneaker at that time, the XIV also included metal-tipped laces and seven Jumpman logos on each sneaker adding up to 14.
Michael Jordan broke the “Last Shot” colorway out for three games during the 1998 NBA Finals and over the years this sneaker has become a favorite among NBA players. Everyone from Monta Ellis to DeMarcus Cousins to Derrick Williams to Nate Robinson wears them in-game.
Sadly, most fans believe this was a sort of tipping point for the Jordan signature line. As Jordan retired during this sneaker’s release, many subsequent editions to the line weren’t quite up to par. Over the years, that fact has helped make the XIV an automatic classic, and the low-top is included in that.
This is a beautiful silhouette with a long history. Thank you, Jordan Brand.