Michael Jordan wore the Air Jordan 13 Retro during his final season with the Chicago Bulls. Tinker Hatfield’s design drew visually on Jordan’s nickname, the “Black Cat,” by adapting a sculpted paw-shaped outsole in commemoration of the athlete’s animalistic prowess on the court. Since the model’s debut in 1997, the silhouette’s unconventional paneling has seen numerous iterations greeted with devoted fanfare. Ahead of the “French Blue” release, HYPEBEAST revisits the remarkable AJ13s that continue to dominate the closets of avid sneaker collectors.
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Release date: August 20, 2022
The lowest price: $239 USD
Back with a bang, “French Blue” is expected to drop on August 20. The crisp white and blue colourway first appeared on an Air Jordan 12 in 2016. Blue suede overlays and hints of gray on the toe box. The model’s signature holographic orb accents the outer heel, while the tongue displays Jumpman branding in red embroidery. To complete the cool-toned theme, hints of gray reappear on the outsole.
Release date: May 2, 2020
The lowest price: $252 USD
“Flint” was released in May 2020 and marked the fourth time the beloved colourway had appeared on the AJ13. Also worth noting: the silhouette dropped alongside Netflix’s Chicago Bulls documentary. The last Dance. Returning to the OG, the style is packed with hi-vis reflective detailing throughout the indigo blue upper. The shoe’s textured leather is combined with gray suede panels on the heel and mudguard. Light blue Jumpman branding accents the tongue, while a black Jordan tag hits the bottom edge of the throat. For added support, full-foot Zoom Air cushioning is housed in the sole unit.
Release date: January 20, 2018
The lowest price: $288 USD
“Olive” donned an all-suede construction, with a blacked-out structure throughout the upper. Olive-toned overlays hug portions of the outer heel and midsole. Apart from the holographic emblem applied to the collar, the model maintains a neutral theme, with blocks of color, all the way to the sole and the laces in jet black. A decorative red Jumpman logo adorns the tongue.
Release date: August 4, 2018
The lowest price: $302USD
The 2018 release of “He Got Game” coincided with the 20th anniversary of Denzel Washington wearing the sneaker on the big screen in Spike Lee’s 1998 cult classic of the same name. The model shows no stylistic departures from the OG model and retains Ice White paneling, contrasted with Black suede and pebble overlays. Red piping hugs the outsole, along with red embroidered Jumpman branding on the tongue.
Release date: January 21, 2017
The lowest price: $425 USD
In honor of the legend himself, “Black Cat” captures the power and stealthy presence of Michael Jordan on the court through clean, refined minimalism. The all-black silhouette is packed with a soft-touch nubuck upper, incorporating the model’s signature 3D reflectivity across all padded mesh panels. The midsole is dressed in shiny components along the side panel. Aside from the speckled laces, this silhouette is completely monochromatic right down to the sole. A holographic jewel decorates the outside of the heel, while a panther motif adorns the insole, embroidered with fresh white threads.
Release date: August 18, 2017
The lowest price: $278 USD
Originally released in 1998, Jordan Brand resurrected “Bred” in 2017. An ode to the iconic colourway, the model faithfully restores the brilliant black and red colorblocking on the upper and fender. Textured elements come into play through smoked pebble detailing on the toe box and “True Red” suede overlays on the midsole, outer heel counter and collar. As a final touch, a reflective green emblem decorates the collar.
Release date: December 21, 2017
The lowest price: $213 USD
Appropriately released on Black Friday 2017, “Altitude” is fully wrapped in black grained leather. Hints of “Altitude Green” electrify the outsole and the embroidered Jumpman motif on the tongue. The monochrome style introduces bright and textured components for a sense of visual dimension.