The Air Jordan XIII is one of my favorite shoes ever made. Why? Well, it represents a specific moment in time, at least for me. Michael Jordan‘s final season in Chicago was also the first one I vividly remember. Yes, I had watched MJ play ever since he came back to the Bulls and the NBA in March of 1995. But I was young. I had a young boy’s problems, you know, like bedtimes being at like 8 p.m. and homework and the fact that back then you literally got your news one of two ways: by looking at the box scores in the back of the Sports section of the local newspaper, or on SportsCenter. However, the 1997-98 season marked the first time I can genuinely remember Chicago’s season from start to finish, rather than just recall games here and there. I remember Scottie Pippen missing half the season. I remember Chicago losing to the Celtics on opening night! I remember them starting 8-7. I remember the feeling most of the basketball world had all season long: That Utah was the better team–having beaten the CHI both times during the season–and that the Jazz would win it all with homecourt advantage in the Finals.
I also remember MJ’s kicks, the Air Jordan XIII. It was heavily featured in He Got Game, crossing over into pop culture and music, and it was embraced by Mike. Tinker Hatfield and the Jordan Brand created a classic by diving into one of Jordan’s most famous nicknames: the black cat. The sneaker was inspired by the panther and you can see that through the vivid paw marks on the outsole, the hologram that acted as an eye, and the sleek upper that perfectly captures the characteristics of a cat.
This weekend marks the release of the Air Jordan 13 Low “Bred” at Champs Sports, a sneaker that should fly off shelves because of how closely it resembles the mid version of one of Jordan’s favorite playoff shoes.
Make sure you have everything you need to look fly when this shoe drops. It’s going to be one of the sneaker highlights of the year. Here are 5 Things to Cop Before You Get the New Air Jordan 13 Low.
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