Leading up to Michael Jordan’s final season as a Chicago Bull, Tinker Hatfield created a design for the Air Jordan XIII that was not only perfect for Jordan himself, but has been a popular selection for players of all positions ever since. The shoe is known for its incredible comfort, as it features Zoom Air cushioning in both the forefoot and heel to go along with a Phylon midsole and podular tooling.
It also provides players with tremendous stability thanks to the herringbone traction pattern and the panther-paw design on the outsole, which widens the shoe’s base and helps prevent ankle sprains. For players who need freedom of movement, the assymetrical ankle collar allows for the range of motion they crave.
Worn by Jordan during the 1997-98 season and the early rounds of that year’s playoffs, the shoe has continued to be popular on NBA courts ever since. With so many great players choosing to wear it, there have likewise been many outstanding games played that can be attributed in part to the shoe’s design. These are the 10 Best Non-Jordan Performances in the Air Jordan XIII.
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