Air Jordan XVI

Jordan XVI

A new school of kids were keeping the Jordan name strong into the 2000s, including Clippers duo Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson. The Air Jordan XVIs were released on MJ’s 38th birthday and were also the first Jordan since the IIs that were not designed by legend Tinker Hatfield.

The concept of the Jordan XVI was an on-court/off-court sneaker, keep the shroud on outside of the gym and remove it like tearaway pants (maybe don't rip it off) for game-time. It was also the first Jordan since the VI to feature Visible Air in the shoe—but the shoe was far from taking steps back with technology. Underneath the hood (shroud) was a mesh-infused upper, helping the player's feet breathe while working hard on the court. 12 years later, the "Ginger" colorway still holds up as one of the best non-Bulls colors in the Jordan series.

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