Jordan Brand has been releasing sneakers left and right but the Air Jordan VII remains one of the most cherished models in their repertoire. There’s something so classic about its sharp lines that really makes it a timeless shoe.
Legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, who is responsible for not only creating many of the Jordan sneaker lovers still go crazy for today, but also plenty of other runners that are a part of the Swoosh brand’s line, got the idea for the VII in 1992 while out shopping in Portland, Oregon. Walking down the street, an Afropop poster caught his eye. Inspired by the sharp geometric shapes and bold colors, he bought it from the storeowner and took it home. From there, he took the influences from the West African imagery and used them to design what will forever be immortalized as the Air Jordan VII.
Michael Jordan himself wore them during an unstoppable season with the Chicago Bulls, when he won his second straight championship. During this time, the team earned the nickname “InvinciBulls,” making basketball history with their 67-15 record. Additionally, he wore the VII when he received a gold medal as a member of the Dream Team.
When they first made their debut in 1992, the Jordan VII was available in five colorways and would not be re-released as retros for nearly a decade. It was the first time an Air Jordan model did not feature Nike’s Swoosh branding, something that was present in previous releases. Now, the Jumpman logo is stamped on the collar with the number “23” on the heel.
One of the most well-known and sought after styles is the “Raptor” colorway, which features the classic black and red with purple accents on the midsole and tongue. Another is the “Bordeaux,” which is suited up with black, grey, and a bold maroon for the uppers and a brightly colored tongue, a clear representation of Hatfield’s nod to African Art. The “Hare” colorway is inspired by Michael Jordan’s favorite cartoon character, Bugs Bunny. Fashioned in hues of white, grey, and red, the now iconic model made a big comeback in 1996 after the release of the film Space Jam, which featured Bugs and other Looney Tunes characters. Another popular style is the “Olympic,” which features Jordan’s Olympic number “9” in place of the usual “23” on the back.
In 2014, we saw the release of some incredible VIs. Judging by the previews we’ve seen, 2015 looks like it’s gearing up to be the Year of the VII. Not only will we see the release of the “French Blue” colorway this Saturday at Champs Sports, but also the much anticipated Air Jordan VII “Marvin the Martian,” which is slated to hit shelves in March, and even a GS model called “Valentine’s Day,” which will come out on February 7. The “Bordeaux” will also be coming back mid-summer in July.
With this many announcements just one month into the year, it’s exciting just thinking about what Jordan Brand will roll out in the next 11 months. Fans of the Air Jordan 7 have plenty to look forward to this year and more, and today we’re showing off some Amazing Instagram Images of the Air Jordan 7.
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