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Air Jordan 13: The Definitive Guide to Colorways

words by Steve Jaconetta
images by Steve Jaconetta & Nike

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 returned in 2014, spawing a set of four colorways, including a re-release of the 'Grey Toes' with lighter colored shades of red and grey. For 2015, the Air Jordan 13 Retro Low would make a comeback, ten years after their first retro. Three colorways released, including a 'Quai54' edition, exclusive to Europe. 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'

Style Code: 136002-132
Colorway: White/True Red-Black
Release Date: 1997

 


Air Jordan XIII

Style Code: 136002-101
Colorway: White/Black-True Red-Pearl Grey
Release Date: 1998

 


Air Jordan XIII 'Flint'

Style Code: 136002-441
Colorway: Navy/Carolina Blue-Flint Grey-White
Release Date: 1998

 


Air Jordan XIII 'Playoff'

Style Code: 136002-061
Colorway: Black/True Red-White
Release Date: 1998

 


Air Jordan XIII

Style Code: 136002-062
Colorway: Black/True Red
Release Date: 1998

 


Air Jordan XIII Low 'Navy'

Style Code: 136008-441
Colorway: Navy/Metallic Silver-Black-Carolina Blue
Release Date: 1998

 


Air Jordan XIII Low 'Chutney'

Style Code: 136008-071
Colorway: Black/Chutney
Release Date: 1998

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Wheat'

Style Code: 309259-171
Colorway: White/Wheat
Release Date: 10/23/2004

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro

Style Code: 309259-061
Colorway: Black/True Red
Release Date: 12/22/2004

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Grey Toe'

Style Code: 310004-161
Colorway: White/Team Red-Flint Grey
Release Date: 01/22/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro

Style Code: 310004-103
Colorway: White/Neutral Grey-University Blue
Release Date: 01/22/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Altitude'

Style Code: 310004-031
Colorway: Black/Altitude Green
Release Date: 02/26/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Flint'

Style Code: 310004-441
Colorway: French Blue/University Blue-Flint Grey
Release Date: 03/19/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Low

Style Code: 310810-105
Colorway: White/Metallic Silver-Varsity Red-Black
Release Date: 04/23/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Low

Style Code: 310810-103
Colorway: White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy-Ice Blue
Release Date: 04/23/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Low Women's

Style Code: 310804-102
Colorway: White/Metallic Silver-University Blue-Real Pink
Release Date: 05/07/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Low

Style Code: 310810-001
Colorway: Black/Metallic Silver-White-Varsity Maize
Release Date: 05/21/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Low

Style Code: 310810-104
Colorway: White/Metallic Silver-Black-Varsity Maize
Release Date: 05/21/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Low 'Ceramic'

Style Code: 310810-106
Colorway: White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy-Ceramic
Release Date: 08/20/2005

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Collezione 'CDP'

Style Code: 309259-104
Colorway: White/True Red-Black
Release Date: 01/19/2008

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Premio 'Bin23'

Style Code: 417212-601
Colorway: Team Red/Desert Clay-White
Release Date: 08/21/2010

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Flint'

Style Code: 414571-401
Colorway: French Blue/University Blue-Flint Grey-White
Release Date: 11/26/2010

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Altitude'

Style Code: 414571-002
Colorway: Black/Altitude Green
Release Date: 12/11/2010

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro

Style Code: 414571-101
Colorway: White/Black-Varsity Red
Release Date: 12/18/2010

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Playoff'

Style Code: 414571-001
Colorway: Black/Varsity Red-White-Vibrant Yellow
Release Date: 02/26/2011

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Ray Allen'

Style Code: 414571-125
Colorway: White/Clover
Release Date: 07/23/2011

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro

Style Code: 414571-010
Colorway: Black/Varsity Red-White
Release Date: 01/12/2013

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Squadron Blue'

Style Code: 414571-405
Colorway: Squadron Blue/Electric Yellow-Black
Release Date: 02/09/2013

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'He Got Game'

Style Code: 309259-104
Colorway: White/Black-True Red
Release Date: 03/16/2013

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Premium '3M'

Style Code: 696298-023
Colorway: Reflect Silver/Infrared 23-Black
Release Date: 10/04/2014

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Barons'

Style Code: 414571-115
Colorway: White/Tropical Teal-Black-Wolf Grey
Release Date: 10/25/2014

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Grey Toe'

Style Code: 414571-126
Colorway: White/Black-Gym Red-Cement Grey
Release Date: 11/15/2014

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro

Style Code: 414571-003
Colorway: Black/Gym Red-Black
Release Date: 12/13/2014

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Low 'Hornets'

Style Code: 310810-107
Colorway: White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy-Turquoise-Blue
Release Date: 04/18/2015

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Low Q54 'Quai54'

Style Code: 810551-050
Colorway: Black/Dark Grey-White-Chrome
Release Date: 06/13/2015

 


Air Jordan 13 Retro Low

Style Code: 310810-027
Colorway: Black/Metallic Gold-University Red-White
Release Date: 06/13/2015

 


Steve Jaconetta is the Release Dates & Archive Editor of Sole Collector and you can follow him on Twitter here.

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