Wilson Smith III designed the XVI, the first Air Jordan in more than a decade not designed by Tinker Hatfield. Smith was inspired by previous Air Jordans as well as historical fashion. He created a patent-leather toe cap and removable gaiters that, like the spats of early 20th century men’s footwear, provided protection for the shoelaces out-of-doors, but could be removed from a shoe during indoor play. This pair is from the retro Countdown pack released in 2008.
Jordan Brand / Air Jordan XVI, 2008 retro of 2001 / Kosow Sneaker Museum (Electric Purple Chameleon, LLC) / Photo: Kathy Tarantola