AIR JORDAN 15
With MJ embracing retirement again, there was no hint that the Air Jordan line would take any similar bow. The Air Jordan XV instead payed homage to MJ’s stealth with a woven Kevlar® aramid fiber upper inspired by the X-15 fighter jet. Its tongue was also designed to protrude, as came to be expected in Jordan’s jaw-dropping plays.
Inspired in part by NASA’s X-15 fighter jet, the Jordan 15 arrived as the first official Jordan brand release that the then-retired Michael Jordan wouldn’t wear on the court. Like the Jordan 2, Tinker Hatfield designed the 15 with premium Italian shoes in mind and included a woven pattern on the upper. He looked to moccasins when designing the 15's high cushioned collar allowing for an easy slip-on.
The AJ XV was styled after the world’s fastest manned aircraft to date. Promoting it were athletic leaders in several fields. Supporting them was Michael Jordan himself, donning a business suit and pointing toward the future. The XV was brash and sophisticated and it would lead the charge into the next unapologetic chapter of Air Jordan.
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