Make moves like Michael Jordan in a pair of kids’ Air Jordan 13 Retro in the Black and Light Blue “Island Nights” colorway. Just like the predominantly Black colorway, these sneaks have a paw-print outsole design inspired by MJ’s black cat persona. But that’s not the only feature that makes these grade-school kids’ kicks worth buying.
The almost otherworldly style of these shoes offers responsive cushioning, thanks in part to the Zoom Air units located at both the heel and forefoot. The all-black upper includes textured overlays on the mudguard and heel, featured in light blue.
Holographic Jumpman logos are located on the shoe’s upper sides and on the sole. It’s these luxurious touches that make this the perfect grade-school kids’ casual shoe or performance basketball sneaker.
Other cutting-edge features that make the shoe comfortable, durable and flexible include a combo of synthetic and genuine leather, the cat-paw-inspired rubber outsole pods, and midfoot shank plates.
Not only are these components and design features essential to making the Air Jordan 13 a top-tier basketball shoe, each bears a personal significance with MJ himself.
When iconic Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield set out to create the OG Air Jordan 13, he presented basketball legend Michael Jordan with drawings and mockups of what he envisioned for the collaboration. Describing Jordan’s on-court moves as those of a “big, powerful predatory cat,” Hatfield’s designs were suggestive of a black panther or leopard. Turns out, Jordan’s closest childhood friends often referred to him as “the black cat” for his quick reflexes. The design was perfect.
The original Air Jordan 13s dropped in 1997, featuring an outsole reminiscent of a large paw, while the holograms on the heel and near the ankle represent glowing eyes. That year, while wearing a pair of 13s, Jordan himself won his sixth NBA title and capped off a second three-peat.
The exclusive, collectible kids’ Island Nights Air Jordan 13 Retro drops November 9. Don’t wait to pick up a pair at your location Hibbett Sports.
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