Air Jordan 13

The Air Jordan 13 is Michael Jordan’s thirteenth signature basketball shoe with NIKE, Inc. Originally released in 1997 during “The Last Dance,” the sneaker was designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield.

Inspired by Jordan’s infamous “Black Cat” nickname, the silhouette features a holographic jewel at the heel and outsole resembling a panther eye and paw, respectively. Other notable design details include dimpled midfoot overlays, a carbon fiber plate, and Zoom Air cushioning. The original Jordan 13 boasts a “White/True Red/Black” colorway widely known as the “He Got Game” for its appearance in Spike Lee’s 1998 film of the same name. Other original pairs – four “Mid” and two “Low” – deliver a mix of Chicago Bulls-friendly and lifestyle-oriented color schemes including “Flint”, “Chutney”, and “Carolina Blue”.

The shoe’s first retro run occurred between 2004 and 2005. Two of the more popular releases during this time period were “Altitude Green” and “Grey Toe” pairs. The fan-favorite Jordan 13 Flint was also reissued in 2005 (and again in 2010 and 2020).

In 2010, the 13th Air Jordan joined the ultra-premium Bin 23 Collection, a series of Air Jordan models reworked with exquisite attention to detail and sophistication. Subsequent years saw the Air Jordan 13 join the Doernbecher program and appear emerge in impressive Player Exclusive (PE) arrangements. Throughout 2020, the model has been a major focal point as several original colorways and new concepts have been confirmed and/or released, alongside a handful of non-original low-top retros. Furthermore, the women’s Air Jordan OG, which debuted in 1998 and rooted in the same DNA, retroed for the first time ever on January 16th.

While overshadowed by several earlier Jordans, the Jordan 13 celebrated 23 years on the market in 2020. As such, the model emerged in a special makeup for Chinese New Year, an Easter-friendly “Aurora Green,” and even an unofficial “Reverse He Got Game” outfit.

Throughout 2023, the Air Jordan 13 has enjoyed a number of retro treatments. Headlined by the return of the “Playoffs” colorway in true OG specifications, the silhouette is expected to close out the year with its classic circa 2004 “Wheat” composition before moving onto “Dune Red” and “Blue Grey” efforts in the summer and fall of 2024.

MSRP: $200 (Adult), $150 (Grade School), $100 (Pre-School), and $60 (Toddler).

Air Jordan 13

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