Nike Air Trainer III + Air Jordan VI Batman Boots

July 19, 2012 BY / 8

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The success of Christopher Nolan’s modern trilogy has taken Batman’s popularity to new heights and we’ve seen a variety of Dark Knight-inspired colorways over the past several years, and as the world prepares for the worldwide premiere of The Dark Night Rises at midnight, it’s worth looking back to how the superhero saga and the history of sneakers intertwine. The connections between the Beaverton and the Caped Crusader stretch all the way back to the Tim Burton era of Batman films, when a partnership between Nike and Warner Bros. made it possible to combine Batman with the Jumpman. Costume director Bob Ringwood noted that “’80s sportswear isn’t going to fit in with [Batman‘s] 1940s look,” so Tinker Hatfield did what he does best and ‘laced’ up the Dark Knight with some of the brand’s most impressive footwear releases to that point.

The original Batman x Nike Air Trainer III was born for Burton’s 1989 film, and with the reception from Michael Keaton and his stuntmen being so overwhelmingly positive, Tinker took the sneaker-boot concept to new heights for ’92’s Batman Returns. For that sequel, Michael Jordan’s first championship-winning silhouette was made into an even more aggressive Batman x Air Jordan VI boot, with a shroud-like addition on the forefoot and an attached boot collar that actually played a role in the entire Batman ensemble. It’s particularly interesting to note Nike/Jordan’s immense influence over pop culture (even the early ’90s Batman figures wore AT3s and AJ6s!), and with last year’s release of the Mag 2011, could Jordan Brand take it a step further and release an Air Jordan VI ‘Dark Knight’?. Click through to see both styles, let us know which you’d pick in a fantasy scenario and stick with Sneaker News for more rare Air Jordans.  Photos: NT/DeFY

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GOD aka YOUR POPS
GOD aka YOUR POPS

Nike's product placement in the 80's and 90's was amazing. The fact that they'd make Batman's boots with a Bo Jackson and then an Air Jordan VI (6) silhouette just demonstrates how iconic those models truly were. So kids (my children) I hope you now appreciate your trainers and AJ6s that much more.

DominicD
DominicD

The Jordan 2013 is going to have a similar silhouette.

AkPifstar
AkPifstar

I love these comments I can tell yall dudes rock wit the Bat too

TNAFAM
TNAFAM

oh i always looked at batmans shoes but never knew nike had a part in that.

DreamChaser
DreamChaser

man i bet thats how the yeezy 3s are going to look like

ac2slater
ac2slater

i knew batman was flyyyyyyyy. no pun intended

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