Air Jordan XX

by February 14, 2007
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There was never any question of whether the Air Jordan XX was going to be big. It was just a question of HOW big. Word had escaped early that Tinker Hatfield himself would be coming back to do the design, and with Jordan himself retired again (this time presumably for good), it was a safe bet that the Air Jordan XX would celebrate the entirety of MJ’s career.
OK, maybe that’s just hindsight. Because that’s exactly what the Air Jordan XX did. While it was still at its heart a high-performance basketball shoe (broad forefoot strap, “floating” ankle leash strap, new pod-based Air system), it was the skin that got everyone talking.
Utilizing a new lasering technique, Hatfield had the forefoot strap (and, on some models, the entire upper) tattooed with images, words and numbers that paid homage to Jordan’s life in the game. It was Hatfield’s gift to Jordan—and, in a way, Jordan’s gift to us.