The Air Jordan 13 was the first shoe release under the newly created Jordan Brand which became a subsidiary of Nike, this was the first time Nike ever gave a sports player his own signature brand. – first dropped in Australia during the 1997/98 NBA season when Micheal Jordan and his bulls were on there way to there second three peat title.
Designed by Tinker Hatfield who has been involved in the creation of many Jordan basketball shoes was again retro-ed in 2004 and was subsequently re-released 2013.
The Jordan 13 is easily distinguished by a small holographic badge near the upper portion of the heel.
The shoe generally retails in Australia at around $260.00 – $280.00 depending on the colourway.
The first sketch of the AJ13 is dated September 11, 1995. It includes two small drawings of the shoe, as the page is taken up by Tinker’s extensive notes.
There are 127 known sketches of the Air Jordan 13 – It is said, the for every shoe he designed for Jordan — first being the 1998 AJ3 — Tinker completed between 100 and 200 sketches, all of which were signed and dated.
From this, the “Black Cat” concept was born, Tinker inlaid this theme throughout the entire structure of the sneaker design, consideration was given to the elements of Jordan’s career at the time. He required in a sneaker to highlight his dominance in the game. Not long out of retirement, Jordan went on to win back-to-back NBA championships in ’1996 and ’1997, and on the hunt for a his second three-peat. At this time, he had to overcome many adversaries, the leagues up and coming stars were ready for a changing of the guard, so they hunted him harder than ever before. Jordan was in every teams sight every game, with this it was essential to preserve his speed, agility and physicality.
Michael Jordan requested more comfort, flexibility, contact with the floor, and traction from his sneakers. The AJ13 sole mimics the front paws of a panther which is a feature that still found today. delivered just that. Tinker also designed a mid-foot strap for Jordan to make quick adjustments to the tightness of the shoe. However, the strap never materialized past the prototype phase.