With more than a couple Jordan 13s releasing in the last quarter of 2014, we take a detailed look at the model and highlight seven things you likely didn’t know. From the design inspiration to the initial high price tag, the Air Jordan 13 has been a favorite of many heads since they first debuted back in 1997. A great sneaker for the court, they are one of the select Jordan models which come in both high and low-top form. If you’re relatively new to collecting Jordans and the 13 is already one of your favs, read up, and hopefully gain some new knowledge on the silo.
A Black Panther Served as Design Inspiration
The design of the Air Jordan XIII was inspired by a panther, also known as the “Black Cat,” which was often used as a reference to MJ’s style of play.
The Jordan 13 Brought Back 3M
Reflective 3M material made its return to the Air Jordan XIII for the first time since the Air Jordan IX. It was featured on various colorways, in both high top and low-top form, and on OGs and retro releases.
The Hologram Mimics a Panther's Eye
The hologram on the Air Jordan XIII was designed to mimic a panther’s keen eye. It features a Jumpman logo, as well as Michael’s number ’23’ inside it.
They were the Last Release for Chicago MJ
Originally released from 1997-98, the Air Jordan XIII was the final signature shoe for MJ to release while he was a member of the Chicago Bulls. He did lace up the Air Jordan XIV, however, that model did not drop until after his second retirement.
The Hologram was Absent on the Low
While all Air Jordan XIIIs feature a hologram on the ankle, the low top version did not. Instead, a metal Jumpman logo was put in place, for a cleaner look on the lower cut. A hologram would’ve looked out of place on the AJ13 low, for sure.
They were the First Air Jordan to Hit $150
The Air Jordan XIII was the first MJ sig to retail at a price point of $150. They were also the first retro to debut at this price and featured an increase in price each time they re-released.
They Ushered in the Debut of the Jordan-Branded Box
While the Air Jordan XII was technically the first signature model to release under the newly formed Jordan Brand, they came in the regular Nike box of the time. It wasn’t until the “Black Toe” AJ13 was originally released in 1997 that the first JB box made its debut. That box came in all silver, with a red Jumpman logo in the center on the boxtop.