The Original Black Cat
The Air Jordan 13 Retro is one of the most beloved Michael Jordan signature shoes of all time. Originally released in 1997 and worn on court by Jordan on the way to his sixth and final Championship before his second retirement, the Jordan 13 is one of the most historically important models in the legendary line. It was designed by Tinker Hatfield, the man behind many of the most iconic Air Jordan and Nike sneakers from the 1980s to present day. Hatfield took inspiration from Jordan’s “Black Cat” nickname, creating a sleek and powerful shoe partly modeled after an actual panther. The outsole is inspired by the jungle cat’s paw, while the upper also features a holographic “cat eye” Jumpman logo. Elsewhere in the design, the Jordan 13 features a suede and/or leather upper sporting a unique quilted finish with small circular embroidery. One of Jordan’s best-performing models from his early era of Air Jordans, the sole unit of the AJ13 is equipped with a carbon-fiber midfoot shank for support and responsive Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot and heel. A herringbone tread pattern ensures grip on the court, while another holographic Jumpman logo adds the final signature touch to the design.
A Legend On and Off the Court
The Air Jordan 13 is not only one of the most historic Air Jordan models on the court, it’s also one of the most popular retro models off the court to this day. Jordan collectors and sneakerheads love the design for its sleek-yet-substantial silhouette, unique quilted upper in premium materials, and all-day comfort from Zoom Air cushioning in the sole. The Air Jordan 13 Retro is available at Foot Locker in its original colorways each time Jordan Brand brings the respective versions back, as well as fresh, all-new, and special-edition colorways. Add this essential Air Jordan model to your collection today.
Air Jordan Retro 13 features:
• Leather and/or suede upper with textile details.
• Design inspired by the speed and power of a panther, featuring a “cat eye” holographic Jumpman logo on the upper and paw-like outsole.
• Hidden speed-lacing system.
• Padded collar for plush feel.
• Phylon™ midsole with heel and forefoot Zoom Air™ units for lightweight and responsive cushioning.
• Rubber outsole with herringbone traction pattern for excellent grip on multiple surfaces.