The Air Jordan 15 was the primary of NBA icon Michael Jordan’s signature line after followers thought they’d seen the baller on the courtroom for the ultimate time. Its unorthodox design and lack of on-court presence from MJ left followers divided.
Legendary designer Tinker Hatfield sat on the throne as lead designer for Jordans for the reason that Air Jordan 3, nevertheless, he launched the reigns for the 2001 launch of the Air Jordan 16 in favor of Wilson Smith III.
Along with his first crack at creating a bit of the historic lineup, Smith took the Air Jordan 16 down a street not traveled by the signature sequence previous to its launch by strategically hinting at parts from prior Jordan favorites. The three-quarter peak was taken from the Air Jordan 3, and a ballistic mesh higher was impressed by the higher of the Air Jordan 5. The Air Jordan 16 additionally had a transparent rubber outsole on it’s unique launch that was seen on the 5, 6, and 11 of the signature franchise.
The Air Jordan 11 inspiration was additional seen because the beloved patent leather-based was introduced again on the toe field of the 16, however essentially the most memorable part was the debut of a shroud. Smith added the detachable protecting as a illustration of Jordan’s transition from the courtroom to a everlasting place within the entrance workplace. The Air Jordan 16 was meant to present the looks of a costume shoe full with shimmering patent leather-based when the shroud was hooked up, but it surely was not all type as a mix of seen blow-molded Air within the heel and Zoom Air within the forefoot supplied sufficient tech for a stable on courtroom efficiency. Many gamers most well-liked to play with out the protecting which performed completely into layered storytelling of the shoe’s design.
The Air Jordan 16 was the second launch of the Jordan A.C (After Chicago) period, but it surely initially launched in a Chicago Bulls-themed black and crimson colorway. Nevertheless, essentially the most celebrated coloration scheme continues to be “Ginger” that options the eye-catching hue of the identical title on nearly all of the shoe. It’s also the one colorway of the Air Jordan 16 that MJ wore on courtroom throughout his second return to the NBA, this time suiting up for the Washington Wizards, earlier than switching completely to the then unreleased Air Jordan 17.
After 4 colorways and two low fashions launched, speak of the Air Jordan 16 was comparatively nonexistent, exterior of participant editions, till it appeared in retro kind as part of a “Countdown Pack” in 2008. One other seven years handed earlier than we noticed MJ’s son, Marcus Jordan, put a twist on the silhouette with tonal French blue Trophy Room x Air Jordan 16. Additionally that 12 months, a collaboration with Miami-based retailer Solefly created a pair celebration of Artwork Basel. “Midnight Navy” additionally returned to cabinets in 2016, and the following 12 months one other uncommon Air Jordan 16 dropped when the “Boardroom” commemorated its namesake changing into the primary former participant to turn out to be majority proprietor of an NBA franchise. Although we’ve seen the admired “Ginger” colorway pop up sporadically on superstar toes, the final launch of the AJ 16 was in 2020 as part of a Russell Westbrook “Why Not” x Converse pack.
Hopefully, followers of the modern mannequin will see retros quickly.