Michael Jordan might’ve worn the “Last Shot” Air Jordan 14 to beat Utah but in the majority of “The Last Dance,” the 1998 MVP was wearing the Air Jordan 13. Inspired by the black panther, featuring paw prints on the outsole and a distinct hologram meant to represent the cat’s eye, the shoe quickly became both a fan favorite and cultural icon thanks to co-signs from things like Spike Lee‘s He Got Game.
On the court, Jordan was as good as ever, leading the Bulls to 62 wins despite Scottie Pippen missing the season’s first 38 games. Jordan again led the league in scoring at 28.7 a game, while pulling off the trifecta of league MVP, All-Star MVP, and NBA Finals MVP. Then in the playoffs, Chicago overcame all challengers as Jordan added more highlights to his seemingly endless batch of them. (His overtime defensive play and dunk that beat New Jersey; his 41 points in Game 2 against Indiana; his big-play moments in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.)
This weekend, the 13 will return with a new retro that you can cop at Champs Sports. Already being labeled by sneakerheads and collectors as the “Barons” because virtually any Jordan release now sporting the old Birmingham colors of white, grey, and black always gets that treatment, this release also features a grey toe, and glossy patent leather where this sneaker traditionally sported suede. Add in the teal accenting on the Jumpman logo, the lace tag, and on the outsole, and you’ll see why collectors everywhere are so excited.
To get you ready for the release, embrace the shoe’s unparalleled history. Here are Michael Jordan’s 13 Greatest Moments Wearing the Air Jordan 13.
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