Michael Jordan may have tested the popularity potential of the OG Jordan 13 when it released in 1997, but director Spike Lee made the sneaker an instant classic after featuring it in his 1998 film “He Got Game.”
Nike legend Tinker Hatfield designed the Jordan 13 to emulate His Airness’ cat-like reflexes and stealthy approach on the court. The basketball sneaker‘s outsole resembles a panther’s paw, a nod to Jordan’s “Black Cat” persona. Hatfield also included a holographic cat eye, which conceals a subtle number 23, on the shoe’s heel counter, as well as a basketball and the Jumpman logo.
The Jordan 13’s first colorway featured a predominately white upper with black and red accents. The “Reverse He Got Game” colorway flips the color blocking so that black dominates the sneaker’s supple tumbled leather upper and outsole pods, which pop against the clean white backdrop of the midsole.
The signature hologram stands out against the white, too, while the Jumpman and Jordan branding each get a red-stitched treatment. Double-lined stitching and zonal traction patterns in black complete the aesthetic.