It’s been 13 years since we got our hands on the first retro of the Air Jordan VII, and the original debuted a decade before that. That leaves us with 23 years since the world first got a look at the shoe Michael Jordan would win his second NBA championship in. Fitting then, considering that iconic number, that we’re getting a number of dope new and re-released colorways of the sneaker, continuing with today’s drop at Champs Sports of the “Hot Lava” Retro VII. Available in grade school and extended sizes, this one features a white upper with black-colored overlays, and hot lava splashes on the midsole as well as the inner and tongue.
The VII was another in a long line of classics created by legendary designer, Tinker Hatfield. For this one, he took inspiration from West African Tribal culture and actually got rid of the heel’s visible Air unit and the “Nike Air” logo on the heel. With a Huarache-like neoprene inner bootie, the shoe was super comfortable and has forever been a favorite among NBA players for on-court performance. Jordan, for what it’s worth, took the Bulls to a 67-win regular season, and then survived through a number of grueling playoff series to win the team’s second straight title. He won both the regular season and Finals MVP, crushing Clyde Drexler in the Finals to confirm his status as the NBA’s ultimate alpha dog.
The Air Jordan VII is a Jordan Brand silhouette that has a history of success, both on and off the court. This “Hot Lava” release is a continuation of that.
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