When it comes to the Air Jordan X, Michael Jordan spent more time in the “Chicago” version then he did any other. He played in them in his first game back in Indiana. He wore them at Madison Square Garden for the “Double-Nickel.” And he wore them when he hit a buzzer-beater to beat Atlanta. The Chicago colorway will never be recognized the way others in this Jordan Brand line are, but that’s part of its appeal. It was a shoe that came quick, and disappeared even faster, mostly because the following sneaker was one of the greatest shoes of all time. Forget the historical implications. Forget the fact that Jordan ditched it for another. (And who wouldn’t want to play in the XI?) Forget the toe cap and the Bulls loss to Orlando and everything else. This sneaker should still be a sneakerhead’s dream.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of this particular Jordan X colorway was that it not only wasn’t designed for MJ, it wasn’t even designed for Chicago. It eventually ended up there with Scottie Pippen (and later Jordan), but first it was a player exclusive meant for Harold Miner of the Miami Heat as part of the vaunted “City Series.” Also included in that series were versions for Orlando (Nick Anderson), Seattle (Kendall Gill), New York (Hubert Davis), and Sacramento (Mitch Richmond), which were meant to keep the Jordan line current even with Jordan playing basketball. It certainly helped add to the appeal of the shoe years later.
Today, this “Double Nickel” retro will be back at Champs Sports in all of its glory. If I were you, I wouldn’t miss out.
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