AIR JORDAN 13
Michael Jordan’s reputation for cat-like reflexes on the court inspired designer Tinker Hatfield to unleash the spirit of the panther for the Air Jordan 13. The sole was modeled after a panther’s paw print and included holograms on the bottom and by the ankle to represent a cat’s glowing eyes. Jordan led the Bulls to another three-peat in the 13 and earned his sixth NBA title. He retired as a champion for the second time in his career.
Michael Jordan’s creative dexterity and stealth put his opponents on edge and threw them off balance, earning him the infamous nickname “Black Cat”. Throughout the 1997–98 season Jordan consistently outmaneuvered his rivals with a remarkable deftness all his own.
Appropriately inspired by a panther’s predatory nature, Tinker harnessed its tenacity to create the Air Jordan XIII. The shoe featured an unconventional holographic eye and an outsole resembling a panther paw. The AJ XIII also featured innovations like a carbon fiber plate and Zoom Air, to give players the agility of a cat.