Jordan Brand back in 2001 released the second signature during MJ’s second retirement, the Air Jordan 16. At the time of the silhouette’s design; Wilson Smith lingered in a paradox of creating a basketball model that fully reflected all facets of MJ. Jordan who had transitioned into the front office as the Washington Wizards’ President of Basketball Operations under the now late-Abe Pollin.
Smith thought it not robbery seeing this pivotal moment in the career of MJ – this next step of life after basketball. And that is where the inspiration came for the infamous gaiter, still a basketball model at heart, the silhouette was also boardroom acceptable thanks to the gaiter and the patent leather toe box ripped from the Air Jordan 11.
Dropping Friday, October 20th; the silhouette returns in a rather ‘Gotta Shine’ fashion as the black and iridescent Charlotte Hornets inspired look is derived from MJ’s new title as owner of the Hornets. Individually numbered and limited to 2,300 pairs, the release comes in at $250 MSRP.