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Air Jordan 13: The Definitive Guide to Colorways

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One of the last models worn on-court by Michael Jordan during his final season with the Chicago Bulls, today we take a look at the lineage of the Air Jordan XIII.

Originally released in 1997, the Air Jordan XIII dropped in seven colorways, five highs and two lows. They could be seen on the silver screen in the Spike Lee joint, He Got Game on the feet of Denzel Washington which also became the inspiration for the nickname of 2013’s ‘Black Toe’ retro. As MJ helped his Chicago Bulls to a 70-12 record during his final season in Chicago, he would bow out a champion winning his sixth NBA title and capping off his second 3-peat.

2004 saw them return for their first retro run which began near the end of the year and run through to the summer of 2005. We saw high tops in both new and OG colorways as well as low tops for both men and women.  A total of twelve Air Jordan 13 Retro’s dropped during this time including a couple limited releases such as the first ‘Altitude Green’ edition.

2008 saw the original ‘Black Toe’ colorway return in first Air Jordan Collezione ‘Countdown’ Pack alongside the original ‘Shadow’ Air Jordan 10 Retro. After that, we would have to wait two more years, until 2010 to see the Air Jordan 13 Retro again. This would mark the second retro run for the XIII as six colorways were released including an original unreleased sample turned join the ‘Bin23’ Collection, the return of the OG ‘Playoff’ colorway and a Ray Allen ‘PE’ edition made to commemorate him breaking the NBA’s all-time career 3pt. record.

After 2011, the wait would once again be two years as the XIII came back in January of 2013 with the first of a quick three colorway run. The original black and red colorway came back, minus its reflective 3M material along with the original ‘Black Toes’ now known as the ‘He Got Game’ edition,  available as a GR instead of in a pack like its previous release. The Air Jordan 13 Retro is rumored to return later this year however, no colorways have been confirmed. So for now, take  a look at the history of the Air Jordan XIII from its first release up to the most recent retro below.

Air Jordan XIII ‘Black Toe’
136002-132 White/True Red-Black
1997

Air Jordan XIII
136002-101 White/Black-True Red-Pearl Grey
1998

Air Jordan XIII ‘Flint’
136002-441 Navy/Carolina Blue-Flint Grey-White
1998

Air Jordan XIII ‘Playoff’
136002-061 Black/True Red-White
1998

Air Jordan XIII
136002-062 Black/True Red
1998

Air Jordan XIII Low
136008-441 Navy/Metallic Silver-Black-Carolina Blue
1998

Air Jordan XIII Low ‘Chutney’
136008-071 Black/Chutney
1998

Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Wheat’
309259-171 White/Wheat
10/23/2004

Air Jordan 13 Retro
309259-061 Black/True Red
12/22/2004

Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Grey Toe’
310004-161 White/Team Red-Flint Grey
01/22/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro
310004-103 White/Neutral Grey-University Blue
01/22/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Altitude’
310004-031 Black/Altitude Green
02/26/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Flint’
310004-441 French Blue/University Blue-Flint Grey
03/19/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low
310810-105 White/Metallic Silver-Varsity Red-Black
04/23/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low
310810-103 White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy-Ice Blue
04/23/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low Women’s
310804-102 White/Metallic Silver-University Blue-Real Pink
05/07/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low
310810-001 Black/Metallic Silver-White-Varsity Maize
05/21/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low
310810-104 White/Metallic Silver-Black-Varsity Maize
05/21/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low ‘Ceramic’
310810-106 White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy-Ceramic
08/20/2005

Air Jordan 13 Retro Collezione ‘CDP’
309259-104 White/True Red-Black
01/19/2008

Air Jordan 13 Retro Premio ‘Bin23’
417212-601 Team Red/Desert Clay-White
08/21/2010

Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Flint’
414571-401 French Blue/University Blue-Flint Grey-White
11/26/2010

Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Altitude’
414571-002 Black/Altitude Green
12/11/2010

Air Jordan 13 Retro
414571-101 White/Black-Varsity Red
12/18/2010

Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Playoff’
414571-001 Black/Varsity Red-White-Vibrant Yellow
02/26/2011

Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Ray Allen’
414571-125 White/Clover
07/23/2011

Air Jordan 13 Retro
414571-010 Black/Varsity Red-White
01/12/2013

Air Jordan 13 Retro
414571-405 Squadron Blue/Electric Yellow-Black
02/09/2013

Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘He Got Game’
309259-104 White/Black-True Red
03/16/2013

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