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Air Jordan 16 / Air Jordan XVI Sneakers

Michael Jordan did not totally leave the NBA on 1999 as he returned on January 2000, not as a player but as part owner and President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards. In 2001, he spent much of the spring and summer in training and organizing several NBA player events. And in the same year, his famous signature shoe brand launched the Air Jordan 16, a marching boot-inspired shoe that embodied transition with its signature off-court shroud.

The Air Jordan 16 was the first Jordan to pay homage to the brand’s rich heritage by integrating past features like the AJ3’s mid-cut upper, the AJ5’s mesh inserts, and the AJ11’s patent leather. Given with an advanced facet, the shoe can transform into another look by simply putting off the gaiter that covers the upper. When the gaiter is on, it serves the shoe with thermal functionality aside from giving it an extra stylish image.

Conversely, the shoe is not suitable to wear during a game when the extra feature is on since it has the tendency to fall off so advice was to wear it without the gaiter when engaged in any hyper activities.

Appearance-wise, the Air Jordan 16 has also the AJ12 attribute present on the inner lateral with the “rising sun” stitching pattern. The patent leather toe creates a distinguishing mark from the textured leather that covers most parts of the shoe. Yet, a more striking feature appears on the midsole’s Red unit with “Jordan” label and the clear icy outsole. The credit for the Air Jordan 16’s innovative look was awarded to Wilson Smith, Nike’s Senior Designer.

Apparently, a few original releases dropped in varying colorways that included the Whisper/Cherrywood/Light Graphite and a couple of low-cuts in Black/White with Metallic Silver and Red accents. Sample editions also attempted to showcase some fine and interesting color-ups.

Air Jordan 16 Black/Varsity Red

Air Jordan 16 Ginger/Dark Charcoal