The design of the VII, while similar in appearance to the VI, was the first Air Jordan that did not feature the Nike Air logo or the sidewall air pocket window. It also incorporated Huarache technology, Tinker Hatfield’s innovative neoprene inner “sock” that secured the fit of the shoe without impeding movement or flexibility. The VII came out in 1992, the same year that Michael Jordan won his second NBA championship and went to the Olympics as part of the Dream Team. Originals like this one feature a 23, Jordan’s Chicago Bulls number, but the Olympic version of the shoe bears his Olympic number, 9.
Nike / Air Jordan VII, 1992 / Kosow Sneaker Museum (Electric Purple Chameleon, LLC) / Photo: Kathy Tarantola