Michael Jordan wore the Air Jordan 13 Retro throughout his final season with the Chicago Bulls. Tinker Hatfield’s design visually riffed on Jordan’s nickname, “Black Cat,” customizing a sculpted, paw-like outsole to commemorate the athlete’s animal prowess on the court. Since the model’s debut in 1997, the silhouette’s unconventional paneling has seen many iterations met with devoted fanfare. Ahead of the “French Blue” release, HYPEBEAST revisits notable AJ13s that continue to dominate the closets of avid sneaker collectors.
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Release date: 20 August 2022
Lowest price: 239 USD
Back with a vengeance, “French Blue” is expected to drop on August 20. The crisp white-and-blue colorway first appeared on an Air Jordan 12 in 2016. The upper leaves a clean, frosty impression with white tumbled leather panels, baby blue suede overlays and gray dots at the toe box. The model’s signature holographic bullet punctuates the outer heel, while the tongue displays Jumpman branding in red embroidery. To complete the cool theme, gray reappears on the outsole.
Release date: May 2, 2020
Lowest price: 252 USD
“Flint” dropped in May 2020, marking the fourth time the beloved hue has appeared on AJ13. Also of note: The silhouette coincided with Netflix’s Chicago Bulls documentary The last dance. Harking back to the OG, the model is full of hi-vis reflective detailing throughout the indigo blue upper. The sneaker’s structural skin is met with gray suede at the heel and midsole. Light blue Jumpman branding accents the tongue, while a black Jordan branding hits the lower edge of the neck. For added support, full-foot Zoom Air cushioning is placed in the sole.
Release date: 20 January 2018
Lowest price: $288 USD
The “Olive” featured an all-suede construction, with darkened structure throughout the upper. Olive-toned overlays hug parts of the outer heel and midsole. Aside from the holographic emblem applied to the collar, the model maintains a neutral, color-blocked theme, down to the jet black outsole and laces. A decorative red Jumpman logo adorns the tongue.
Release date: 4 August 2018
Lowest price: 302 USD
The 2018 release of “He Got Game” corresponded with the 20th anniversary of Denzel Washington wearing the on-screen sneaker in Spike Lee’s 1998 cult classic of the same name. The model shows no stylistic deviations from the OG model and retains icy white panels, contrasted by suede and pebble overlays in black. Red piping wraps around the outsole, along with red embroidered Jumpman branding on the tongue.
Release date: 21 January 2017
Lowest price: $425 USD
In honor of the legend himself, the “Black Cat” captures Michael Jordan’s power and stealthy presence on the court through pure, refined minimalism. The all-black silhouette is filled with a soft nubuck upper, incorporating the model’s signature 3D reflectivity through the padded mesh panel. The midsole is covered with glossy components along the side panel. Aside from the speckled laces, this silhouette is completely monochrome down to the sole. A holographic jewel decorates the outer heel, while a panther motif adorns the insole, embroidered in crisp white threads.
Release date: 18 August 2017
Lowest price: $278 USD
Originally released in 1998, Jordan Brand revived the “Bred” in 2017. An ode to the iconic colorway, the model faithfully recreates the brilliant black-and-red color blocking throughout the upper and screen display. Elements of texture come into play through smoky pebble details at the toe box and fiery ‘True Red’ suede overlays on the midsole, outer heel and collar. To top it all off, a reflective green emblem adorns the collar.
Release date: 21 December 2017
Lowest price: 213 USD
Appropriately releasing on Black Friday 2017, the “Altitude” is completely encased in black roller leather. Pops of “Altitude Green” electrify the outsole and the embroidered Jumpman motif on the tongue. The monochromatic style introduces glossy and textured components for a sense of visual dimension.