First released in 1992, the Air Jordan VII dropped in five colorways that year and the “Hare” makeup will be hitting retail this Saturday (5/16) for the first time since 2008.
The Air Jordan 7 was the first Jordan signature to bear a number other than 23.
While His Airness rocked the VII throughout the 1991-92 regular season, he and Jordan Brand saved some of their best for last. Debuting in the Summer of ’92, the “Olympic” Air Jordan VII was the first Jordan signature to feature a number other than 23, which was 9. MJ donned the “Olympic” colorway while destroying the competition with the original Dream Team in Barcelona.
Bugs Bunny was blessed with Air Jordan 7 PEs before some NBA players.
Back in 1992, not many NBA players outside of MJ himself were blessed with PE VIIs. But then again, Bugs Bunny isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill basketball player, right? When Jordan Brand and Nike got down with Warner Bros. and the folks at Looney Tunes, some awesome marketing came about. But another fresh aspect of this relationship was the awesome promotional “PEs” that were made. Not only did Bugs get the no-brainer “Hare” Jordan VII, but there was also an even more rare “Bordeaux” colorway made up too.
Michael Jordan was 'sort-of' nominated for a Video Music Award while rocking Jordan 7s.
Take a journey back in your memory, or for some of you younger readers, YouTube, when Michael Jackson’s “Jam” was topping the Billboard charts in 1993. If you remember the awesome music video, it starred another famous “MJ,” some dude named Michael Jordan. MJ the basketball star sported his infamous “Bordeaux” VIIs while horsing around with the King of Pop during a good portion of the video. And while #TEAMMJ ended up losing out to the ladies of En Vogue that year, this was yet another, albeit obscure, notch on Jordan’s crowded belt.
Air Jordan 7 Lows were almost a thing.
If you frequent this site often, you know we stay beating the drum in favor of JB dropping more and more low top Air Jordans. We can’t help it, they’re (in most cases) just awesome. But did you know that Jordan Brand actually made a few versions of the Air Jordan VII in low top form? Though they never made it past the sampling stages, we know that, at one point, they were going to drop in some sweet colorways. And who knows? With JB plumbing the depths of their archive, and the rabid success of low top retros these days, you never know what Jordan Brand is going to cook up.
Jordan had the second highest-scoring game of his NBA career in the Air Jordan 7.
We all remember Jordan’s 60+ point games. And yes, there were actually FIVE of them! But, outside of his career-high 69 points against the Cavs in 1990 (wearing the Fire Red Vs), MJ also burned Orlando for 64 back in 1992. The Bulls went a ridiculous 67-15 that year, MJ won his second NBA Title, third MVP and sixth NBA scoring title, plus Olympic gold. But his best game while wearing the Air Jordan VII came while he rocked the “Cardinal” colorway, against a highly-touted rookie named Shaquille O’Neal and his Orlando Magic back on January 16, 1993.
The 60+ Defining Moments Pack from 2009 originally looked MUCH different.
Speaking of that 64-point performance against the Magic, it was so good, Jordan Brand had to commemorate it with an excellent “Defining Moments Pack.” And while we love the sneakers that actually hit retail back in 2009, the samples that have made their way to the interwebs in the years since look far different, and dare we say, kinda dope? We’ve heard of samples being changed a bit from their actual retail models, but wow.
Kobe Bryant has not one, but TWO PE colorways of the Air Jordan 7.
We already know that PE collectors ball way harder than most of us. But, amongst those collectors, some of the most vaunted PEs are those Jordan Brand joints done especially for Kobe Bryant himself. We all know the awesome IIIs, or the crazy AJ VIIIs, but Kobe actually got TWO colorways of his Air Jordan VII PEs. Done up for both home and away Lakers kits, Kobe got dem 7s. Now we only wish we did too!