Michael Jordan and his signature sneaker line owe a lot to Spike Lee. Without his involvement, starting in the late 1980s, there’s no telling where Nike would’ve taken it. At the time, Swoosh designer Tinker Hatfield was under tremendous pressure to bring the heat with the Air Jordan III and help satisfy an athlete thinking of leaving the brand. The sneaker delivered and was pushed to another level through a commercial campaign introducing a fast-talking superfan named Mars Blackmon. It would change sneakers forever.
Eventually, Spike came back to do more commercials and then a few years after that, JB honored him with the Spiz’ike, a sneaker that incorporated a number of memorable aspects of all the different sneakers MJ and Spike worked on together. (It was so well-received that it eventually spawned an offspring in the Jordan Son of Mars.)
Now available at Champs Sports is the latest in the Lee line, the Jordan Air Spike Forty. The newest edition incorporates a traditional Chicago color scheme, as well as reflective material and a clear outsole with more details on the tongue and lace tips. The design takes inspiration from many of the original sketches from Tinker’s vault on the Air Jordan V from 1990.
Spike Lee has been a huge part of the success of Michael Jordan’s signature sneaker over the years. Now he’s getting rewarded by the brand in basically the only way possible with yet another commemorative sneaker. This is the latest–and maybe greatest–colorway yet.