Michael Jordan wore XVIIs when he returned to basketball in 2002 as a Washington Wizard. The XVII was the second Wilson Smith III design and featured his innovative removable lace covers. Smith said that smooth jazz, sinuous sports car styling, and cutting-edge technology inspired its sleek design. The most expensive Air Jordan to date, with a retail price of $200, the XVII came in its own metal case accompanied by a CD of jazz music by Mike Phillips.
Jordan Brand / Air Jordan XVII, 2002 / Kosow Sneaker Museum (Electric Purple Chameleon, LLC) / Photo: Kathy Tarantola