words & images_Nick DePaula

Finally, and fittingly thirteen years later, the last remaining vaulted original mid-top colorway of the Air Jordan XIII will soon be returning.

Featuring a black full-grain leather upper, sueded midsole and contrasting white pods, the XIII is perhaps best known for its outstanding performance, hologram heel logo and being the shoe of choice as the Bulls made their 1998 run through the NBA Playoffs.

Worn during his final season with the Chicago Bulls, for many people, the Air Jordan XIII perfectly captured Michael's persona, style of play and needs on the basketball court. Inspired by Michael's nickname -- "Black Cat" -- Tinker Hatfield looked to incorporate several traits from a panther, from the paws to its mesmerizing green eyes. An assymetrical collar, podular herringbone outsole and both heel and forefoot Zoom Air made the XIII an on-court favorite for many.

The Air Jordan Retro 13 will be available Saturday, February 26th at Jordan accounts nationwide.

Air Jordan Retro 13
Black/Varsity Red-White-Vibrant Yellow