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The Air Jordan 13, a legendary sneaker

If you're familiar with the sneaker brand Air Jordan, you already know that this brand has based its entire identity on basketball and, in particular, its most emblematic figure, Michael Jordan. And one of his creations, the Air Jordan 13, has become emblematic.

Like many Jordan and Nike models, the Jordan 13 is the work of American designer Tinker Hatfield. The first pair of Jordan released in 1997, featuring a black upper and red midsole, was directly inspired by Michael Jordan himself.

An American basketball legend deserves a legendary Nike sneaker that makes a lasting impression. Hatfield was therefore inspired by the player's play on the floor during NBA games.

During the 1997-1998 season, Jordan was renowned for his strength and stealthy play, capable of tormenting and destabilizing his opponents. His unrivalled talents earned him the nickname "Black Cat", because he knew how to outwit the opposing team like no other, with a remarkable skill that only he could master.

The American designer drew his inspiration directly from this nickname to create this pair of sneakers. His initial idea was to bring the predator's instinct to the shoe, while at the same time channeling the panther's power.

The result is Nike Air Jordan 13.

A pair of innovative sneakers

As far as appearance is concerned, the emblematic design also takes up the characteristic features of the fawn. This is particularly true of the sneaker's unique sole, which imitates a panther's paws.

What's more, the AJ13 is renowned for being a sneaker packed with several technological innovations, impressive for the era in which it was released. The Air Jordan XIII features a carbon fiber plate for lightness and a Zoom Air unit under the sole, to enable MJ, at the time, to maintain his feline agility.

To this is added an original holographic eye on the rear sides, and a unique sole with a wavy design, referring to a panther, as mentioned above.

While many of today's Air Jordan collections have similarities, Jordan 13 is like no other! The Jordan 5 and Jordan 6 share many of the same details, but the 13 has become an iconic pair of sneakers because of its unique look.

One of the most famous sneakers in the line Air Jordan

The brand Air Jordan made its mark on the sneaker world with the release of this sneaker, which remains a classic today. In 1997, as today in 2023, the AJ 13 remains a favorite among sneakerheads and basketball players alike.

Since its initial release, the Jordan XIII has seen a dozen versions, each as different as the next in terms of color and shape. It was even redesigned in 2015 and 2017 for another ball sport: soccer or soccer in the USA!

Available in high and low-top versions, appealing to male sneaker fans and female sneaker addicts alike, the shoe and its many models released from 2004 onwards are now defined as retro versions of the original.

It's also worth noting that a major factor in its success was the appearance of the 2013 version of the Jordan 13, nicknamed "Black Toe", in Spike Lee's film He Got Game. And not least, it was worn in the film by Jake Shuttlesworth, played by the great Denzel Washington.

Although the OG model of this sneaker has become a benchmark, the Air Jordan 13 Retro editions have also found their audience, and have each met with great success on their release, helping to make this pair of sneakers a must-have in the Air Jordan line.

These include the Jordan 13 Retro, which revisits the first AJ13: the Air Jordan 13 Retro Playoffs; or the Air Jordan 13 Retro University Blue, the Jumpman brand's signature colorway, available at Limited Resell.

The brand that has definitely not said its last word also plans to release three new limited edition models in 2023.