Finish Line » Air Jordans Finish Line's Blog Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:13:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Air Jordan Retro 9 “The Spirit” Mon, 17 Aug 2015 23:45:34 +0000 The Chicago Bulls honored MJ with a 12-foot-tall bronze statue outside the United Center back in 1994 after his Airness retired from the game of basketball. If you’ve ever been to the United Center; then you have seen people crowding around it for that perfect photo, or even people trying to mirror MJ’s historic pose that we all know. Jordan is wearing the Air Jordan 9 because at the time in 1993-1994, that was the latest signature of the Air Jordan line and was chosen for his footwear. It’s always been thought as odd that Mike was wearing the Jordan 9 in the statue, since he had never played a game as a Bull in them. With the statue being known as “The Spirit” it’s only right that we get a retro to honor the statue and MJ.

The Air Jordan Retro 9 “The Spirit” is meant to honor the bronze statue that stands tall outside of the United Center. It was meant to signify that the spirit of MJ lived on with the franchise despite him moving on to baseball. Mike returned 2 years later and led the Chicago Bulls to another three-peat. With a clean white leather upper covering most of the shoe, the black tongue and militia green compliment each other perfectly to resemble MJ’s statue. Since we can’t take the statue with us why not honor it with your kicks? Make sure you pick up the Air Jordan Retro 9 “The Spirit” on August 22nd at

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Tropical Teal Hits the Jordan 1 Mid Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:02:46 +0000 While the “anniversary” for the “Banned” version of the Air Jordan 1 may have just passed, there is no doubt that the energy around this classic basketball shoe is at an all time high this year. The Jordan 1 is simple, classic, and easily recognizable to most anyone, especially those who were able to watch Michael Jordan play.

From a style perspective, the Air Jordan 1 is universal. It’s found a place amongst high fashion, it’s collected by sneaker enthusiasts, and its availability in a multitude of colors means that you can find one that fits your personal no matter what your preference. The latest two versions of the Jordan 1 are tied together through a Tropical Teal hue. The Wolf Grey version features Dark Grey accents and Tropical Teal hits, while the brighter Tropical Teal based variation is accented with Infrared on the 23 logos, outsole and inner lining.

You can grab these Jordan 1s now at

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Jordan 13 White/Tropical Teal/Black/Wolf Grey Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:53:53 +0000
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Panthers, MJ, Denzel … Here are five reasons why we can’t wait for the White/Tropical Teal/Black/Wolf Grey to drop in one week from today.

1. Panther Inspiration

When Tinker Hatfield was looking for inspiration to draw his design from, he looked to none other than a black panther, possibly due to MJ’s feline-like reflexes on the court. Perhaps one of the greatest aspects of the 13 is the cushioning on the midsole, there to mimic the pads on a panther’s paw.

2. Hologram

Some are nicknaming these Jordan 13s as the “Hologram” because of the slice of iridescent material that sits on the lateral side of the upper. Cool with us, as this feature is something that will definitely add a little pep sparkle in your step. We also can’t forget the hologram on the heel. Remember that panther we were talking about? This circle represents a panther’s eye and how it reflects the light at night.

3. Historical Significance

The Jordan 13 released the last season that MJ played for the Chicago Bulls in 1997-1998. It was the third year in a row MJ carried his team to victory, his 6th NBA champion title, and his third year to win MVP.

4. He Got Game

The 13s made an appearance in the movie “He Got Game” on the feet of Denzel Washington. Spike Lee directed the sports-drama and the 13’s debut is something that Jordanheads today still like to hold in their memories and reference.

5. Plus…

Get nostalgic in the Jordan 13 White/Tropical Teal/Black/Wolf Grey, available October 25th at

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Kicks on Cards Collection: Air Jordan PEs Not Being Worn by Michael Jordan Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:49:19 +0000 Welcome to a special edition of the Kicks on Cards Collection, where this week’s on-card sneaker sightings are going to be nothing but Air Jordan PEs. However, none of which are actually worn by Michael Jordan.


We begin with a colorway that’s familiar, the “Concord” version of the Air Jordan 11. With Derek Anderson’s pair seen here, it’s not the colorway that made these a player exclusive, it was the cut. Long before the Air Jordan 11 Low Concords released earlier this year and became one of the most hyped Jordan retro releases of 2014, Derek Anderson was rocking his own Low PE back in the year 2000.


Next we go to one of the first-ever PEs of an Air Jordan not for MJ himself, with Penny Hardaway in his own colorway of the Air Jordan 9. Back in 1994 when Michael was briefly retired from the NBA, Penny was among a select group of players to be treated to their own colorways of the AJ9, complete with each player’s number stitched on the heel in place of “23” and accented in their team colors. This road PE for Penny featured the “Charcoal” colorway of the AJ9, but with blue accents. Today it’s one of the most sought after PEs for Air Jordan collectors.


We then see another one of the most rare and desired Air Jordan 9 PEs of all time: the white and orange patent leather colorway made for Darius Miles in his days with the Cavs. Perhaps the most eye-catching AJ9 PE ever, this vibrant pair also featured an icy clear outsole.


Mitch Richmond was among the players in 1994 along with Penny to receive Air Jordan 9 PEs, and he also got his own version of the Air Jordan 10 seen here. Featuring a clean white and black leather upper and accents in Kings-purple, these take my vote for the best AJ10s of all-time!



No Air Jordan PE collection could be complete without Ray Allen, who has amassed arguably a better Air Jordan PE collection throughout his career than any other Jordan Brand athlete. Here we see one of his nicest shoes ever: the black-based Sonics Air Jordan 5.

That does it for this special all Air Jordan PE edition of the Kicks on Cards Collection, but stay tuned every Wednesday for another five-card set of trading cards with players in your favorite sneaker of the past. For much more sneaker nostalgia, visit the Kicks on Cards main page.

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Air Jordan 13 PRM “Reflective Silver” Gets Its Shine On Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:19:06 +0000

We’re all familiar with the use of reflective material on some of the OG Jordan 13s, but the new premium “Reflective Silver” AKA “3M” edition takes the flash out from underneath the typical mesh setup and lets it shine undiluted for the first time.

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The Jumpman is introducing this classic silhouette with an upper almost fully decked out in the reflective material that photo-happy sneakerheads are obsessed with. The neck-breaking material is balanced by the black panther paw-inspired midsole, leather tongue, and nubuck heel and mudguard.

Air Jordan 13 PRM "Reflective Silver"

Hits of the “new” Infrared 23 is seen throughout the accents like the Jumpman logo, outsole, and tongue tag. This Tinker-designed model has always been a favorite among Jordan lovers; thanks to the then never-before-seen use of a hologram, black cat inspiration behind the design, and of course, the iconic cameo in the 1998 “He Got Game” basketball movie starring Denzel Washington and a young Ray Allen. But this almost all-reflective makeup adds a new contender to why we love the Air Jordan 13.

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This version will go down as a legend, but the real question is how many people will attempt (and succeed in) posting up those before/after flash shots.

The Air Jordan 13 Premium “Reflective Silver” will be ready to shine at 8AM ET on October 4th at Finish Line.

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Kicks on Cards Collection: Nike Air Tech Challenge II, Air Jordan 11 and More Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:45:47 +0000 Welcome once again to the Kicks on Cards Collection, where we hunt down a few classic sneakers on trading cards of the past. This week we have a first in the Kicks on Cards archives: a tennis card. I never even knew there were such a thing as tennis cards until I came across a set recently, which much to my delight just happened to be from the same era as Nike’s coolest tennis shoe ever, the Air Tech Challenge II. OK, coolest ever is up to some debate, but I think most would agree that Andre Agassi’s iconic model is worthy of taking the title. Here we see the Air Tech Challenge II being worn by David Wheaton (who actually beat Agassi at Wimbledon in 1991) with a not-so-matching FILA outfit. Still lookin’ fresh, though.

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Next we go to our usual selection of basketball cards, beginning with a couple of early 90’s classics. First up is Larry Johnson in the Converse Aerojam, his (and Grandmama’s) most popular signature sneaker from LJ’s days with the Charlotte Hornets.


Then we have Negele Knight in the rarely seen high-top version of the Nike Air Maestro.


No Kicks on Cards Collection is complete with a pair of Air Jordans, and this week we actually have two. Marko Jaric is spotted in the first edition of the “Cool Grey” Air Jordan 9, and the man himself closes out this week’s five card set in the OG “Space Jam” Air Jordan 11.



Stay tuned for more Kicks on Cards every Wednesday here at the Finish Line Blog, and be sure to check out the full Kicks on Cards site for much more sneaker nostalgia.

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“Sport Blue” and “Infrared 23″ Come Together on the Jordan 1 Mid Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:07:09 +0000

Are you Jordan fans tired of “Sport Blue” yet? We hope not, and it would hard to be considering how much heat has dropped in that color recently. From the 14s to the KO 1s to the 6s, “Sport Blue” has owned this summer, and Jordan Brand isn’t quite done with it yet.

If you missed out on the KO 1s, then here is your chance to get a pair of Jordan 1s in Sport Blue. These are a mid-cut which differs a bit from the KOs, but it’s really the color scheme that is the main difference. A lot of drops have used hints of Sport Blue, but this mid Jordan 1 goes all-out with a full blue upper that will make a bold statement when worn.

To recap, we have arguably the greatest basketball shoe ever in the Jordan 1 combined with the hottest colorway of the summer. Those details alone make this pair hard to pass on, but wait, it gets better.

Check out the wings logo and tongue detail colors. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, that is definitely “Infrared 23″ making an appearance on a pair of Jordan 1s! You also see black details come in that compliment the other colors well to make this a sneaker that will stand out without being too loud.

Get the Jordan 1 Mid now at

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Easy Money KD 7, LeBron 11 What The, Air Jordan 1 ’99 and More – The Heat Check Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:38:24 +0000

On the latest episode of The Heat CheckJacques Slade taps into the story behind the KD 7 “Easy Money”, the LeBron 11 “What The”, the Air Jordan 1 ’99 and more.

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Jacques Slade is Director/Producer/Host of This Week in Sneaks, a contributor to Complex Sneakers, and is YouTube Expert with a special concentration in Sneakers. Give him a follow on TwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

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The AJKO 1 OG High Drops in “Sport Blue” Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:54:35 +0000 When photos of the AJKO 1’s originally surfaced earlier this year, there was a lot of buzz about the iconic Royal 1’s getting the KO treatment. I’m here to tell you that those rumors were false.

The photos weren’t fake though, it just turns out that JB had other plans for this particular colorway. Looking back, it makes sense that these would actually be “Sport Blue” instead of Royal considering how many Sport Blue drops we have been getting this month.

This slight colorway change may have some sneakerheads feeling upset, but that doesn’t take away from how fresh these are. Sure they’re not Royals, but these are a definite must cop if you are a true Jordan 1 fan.

As you probably already know, the KO uses canvas instead of leather, which gives them a slightly different look than the OG 1. What the KO actually stands for is a thing of mystery within the sneaker community.

One rumor suggests that it stands for “knock out” because it uses a similar canvas material as old school boxing shoes. We may never figure out what the KO stands for for sure, but don’t waste too much time thinking about that — you will miss out on copping these!

The Air Jordan Retro 1 High KO OG will be available on August 23rd at 8AM EST at

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Air Jordan 1 KO, Future Flight Remix, Air Tech Challenge Hybrid and More – The Heat Check Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:57:54 +0000 On the latest episode of The Heat Check, we have a ton of stuff dropping. Jacques Slade, keeps us updated on the Jordan 1 KO Sport Blue, Jordan Future Flight Remix, Nike Air Tech Challenge and more.

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Jacques Slade is Director/Producer/Host of This Week in Sneaks, a contributor to Complex Sneakers, and is YouTube Expert with a special concentration in Sneakers. Give him a follow on TwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

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