When the 1998 NBA Finals rolled around, Michael Jordan committed one last act of rebellion: He debuted the Air Jordan XIV months before their scheduled release (specifically for Game 3, and then worn famously for his “last shot” in Game 6). Designed by Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith, the XIV was worn by Jordan during what was supposed to be his final act on an NBA court.
The Air Jordan XIV placed an emphasis on comfort, implementing a low-profile heel and Zoom Air cushioning the forefoot to make it an ideal fit for the slashing guard or swingman who needed to maneuver all over the court. An asymmetrical collar offered strong ankle support while the tire-like treads on the rubber outsole provided outstanding court grip.
Debuting for anyone not named Michael Jordan in the 1998-99 season, the Air Jordan XIV is still considered one of the top performance basketball shoes of all time; as a result, it is still worn on the court today by many of the game’s top players. Here are the 10 Best Non-Jordan Performances in the Air Jordan XIV.
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