” The New Jordan 12 ” Nike went in yet another new direction with the AJVIII and MJ and his shoe line received international exposure at the 92 Summer Olympics. He garnered even more attention for himself and Nike when he led the Bulls to a ‘3-Peat’in his Jordan VIIIs. The only Air Jordan that has ever and most likely will ever feature straps is the VIII; supposed to give more support and fit better this was a brand new design concept for the AJs. The lightweight Huarache-like upper was gone while the inner bootie remained and a color splash was added was added near the heel. Detail lovers need to take notice of the carpet surrounding the Jumpman logo on the tongue and ’23’ emblazoned on the strap plus they should recognize that this shoe was only produced in 3 colorways (one for the NBA season and one for the Olympics).
” Jordan 11 New Release With the release of the AJX both Nike and Michael Jordan turned the page in their collective history. The Air Jordan X has been labelled the ‘retirement shoe’ by some as it collected and recorded MJ’s accomplishments in the shoe like a list of nostalgic memories. ” Jordan New Beginnings Pack ” Nike must have been feeling the pressure to perform a bit and the mood may have been hesitant prior to the release of the Air Jordan XI however Nike and Michael would eventually answer all their critics in resounding fashion. The AJXI really is an instant classic and high on the top of almost everybody’s favourite Jordan list quite simply because it performs great and looks even better. One of the biggest reasons is the introduction of patent leather for the first time with the combination of black patent leather combined with a crystal clear sole on the Space Jam model taking the athletic shoe world by storm. The combination of patent leather balanced out by nylon mesh on the upper made for a performance sneaker that was both attractive and functional. Besides the superb design and materials of the XI there were also practical considerations such as the cutting edge carbon fibre shank plate for added bounce and support and the patented Nike Air torsion to add cushioning to the heel and forefoot. This model Air Jordan was also a massive hit as a Retro especially the aforementioned Space Jam in its amazing colorway