Footwear Flashback: MJ Borrows Penny’s Sneakers

Before the NBA had its off court dress code (ya know the one that kept players from wearing tall tees on the sideline) they kept it strict on the court. We all know of Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 1s getting banned due to league rules but that wasn’t the only time his kicks were cracked down on. After debuting the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals he switched to the Nike Air Flight One in Game 3 to avoid a fine for not matching his teammates black sneakers. These shoes happened to be the signature sneaker of series opponent and rising star Penny Hardaway. While Jordan would soon get the “Space Jams”, legend has it that he cut off the pull tab that sported Hardaway’s #1.

Who: Michael Jordan
Shoe: Nike Air Flight One
Event: Game 3 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals
Date: 5/10/1995

Air Jordan 7 “Bordeaux” Release Date

From Michael Jackson to Drake to, most recently, Jim Jones, celebs galore have been associated with the Air Jordan 7 “Bordeaux.” Thankfully though, you don’t have to be famous to get your own pair. In fact, this classic retro can be yours in just under a month. April 16th will see this shoe land at retailers, marking the first time the colorway has ever returned. Will you be buying a pair?

Air Jordan 7 “Bordeaux”
Black/Light Graphite-Bordeaux
304775-003
$150
April 16, 2011

Air Jordan 3 “True Blue”

With all of the hot Air Jordan 3s dropping in 2011, it’s going to be hard to pick a favorite. Here we present a likely frontrunner though: the “True Blues.” Last released overseas and north of the border in 2009, 2011 will see the classic colorway return again to our shores. Like the retros that have come before and of course, the OG shoe, this release features Elephant Print on the toe and heel, red details and True Blue coloring throughout. Forever a classic, this sneaker doesn’t yet have a release date attached to it, but expect it in the coming months.

Air Jordan 3 “True Blue”
White/True Blue

Air Jordan II Max

Michael Jordan believed he could fly when he laced up his Air Jordan IIs during the 1987 NBA Dunk Contest, but with these babies, you can fly into the stratosphere. Here’s a look at the latest Jordan Brand tangent project – the Air Jordan II Max. Featuring the classic Air Jordan II upper modified with patent leather and breathable mesh tongue, the Air Jordan II Max features a basketball-specific 360-degree Max Air unit – similar to the one seen in the Jordan Take Flight (but without the superfluous Air unit exterior housing). This colorway is inspired by the original White/Black/Red colorway that Jordan wore in 1987 (although a black midsole would’ve been more fitting). Another note is the branding on the heel; we’ve seen ‘NIKE’ and we’ve seen ‘Jordan’, but the Air Jordan II Max uses ‘AIR’ for good reason (there’s plenty of it). Could there be more 360 Max Air Jordans on the way? Check out the detailed images of the Air Jordan II Max and stick with Sneaker News for all information and updates regarding this latest development. via MarqueeSole.

Jordan Sky High Retro

 

The Jordan Sky High Retro has been given a makeover this season. With new colors and a new lifestyle feel, this particular model has entered the realm of the ‘everyday sneaker’. Two new subtle yet stylish colorways have been spotted. The first pair makes use of a predominately smoke grey upper with a birch-accented midsole. The second pair uses a obsidian upper witha visible Jumpman logo stitched in white on the ankle. A white midsole and navy outsole finish the pair off. Look for these to hit retailers in April.

Jordan Sky High Retro
Smoke/Birch
414960-201
$90

Jordan Sky High Retro
Obsidian/Birch
414960-403
$90

Jordan CMFT 11 Grade School ‘White/Pink


 

The Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11 is a sneaker that emphasizes comfort first and aesthetics second. This variations makes use of a white mesh and leather upper that is highlighted with a magenta toned sole, mudguard, and inner liner. Although this pair looks like a member of the “Think Pink” breast cancer awareness line, it is actually a member of the “For the Love of the Game” line started by Jordan Brand last year when the Air Jordan 7 “Olympics” released. You can now purchase the Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11 GS “For the Love of the Game” at Nikestore.

Jordan CMFT Max Air 11 GS
White/Brilliant Magenta-Spark
444188-101
March 2011

Nike Blazer ‘Gold Foamposite’

Nike returns with another colorway in its “Foamposite” Blazer. Much like previous renditions, this latest release mimics the brand’s almighty Foamposite sneaker with more of a lifestyle look. The kicks take on a familiar metallic gold upper with black adorning the rest of the silhouette. Look for these now through finer Nike retail stores, including the Nice Kicks online store. Price is set at $78 USD.