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A Look Back at Significant Materials on Air Jordans

February 13th, 2014 by / 24

You might already know this, but it cannot be overstated: the Air Jordan line is the most influential signature shoe series ever. The ways in which Michael Jordan and his sneakers have impacted the world as we know it is a broader topic that would take pages if not entire books on its own. So let’s examine a specific area in which Air Jordans have irreversibly changed basketball footwear: material innovations.

From the very first release, Nike used the Air Jordan as an opportunity to push the envelope. To have the endorser go on to become the greatest player in the history of the game was fortunate. But designers like the great Tinker Hatfield seizing the moment and surprising us with beautiful and/or useful new materials was also required for this perfect storm. The following pages detail a history of those introductions and their impact on sneaker culture:

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bob fromhydra
bob fromhydra

carbon fiber was introduced on the shaq attaq first. NOT the Jordan XI. get it right suckas!!!


@sneakernews - Yep, I remember seeing the V's on the rack in a store at the mall. They didn't have my size in stock though.


@sneakernews I hated patent leather I had some patent leather church shoes then da 11's was born and my whole life changed! Sickest J's ever


@sneakernews only shoes I don't have for my collection that I want where can I get them


Jordan 5s will forever be my favorite.


They banned red and black sneaker colors then because those were SWASTIKA colorways. It is offensive to a few but control and own the NBA, the mighty Jews.


now they use synthetic leather and cheap nubuck , and higher prices … oh how we love jordans … follow on ig @mr_injeenyus


@Vincenzo_914 the bred 1's were banned back in the day by the nba thats why there considered classic and called the banned 1's


@MrBAZ8701  You just invalidated your entire argument with your begging for followers. 


@JosephGenua oh I thought it was because they thought they gave players Michael Jordan's powers... Lol do u have them

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