Air Jordan Retro XII

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Michael Jordan, one of the NBA's most iconic basketball player, has his own shoe line with the brand Nike. His logo is a silhouette of him jumping, also known as the Jumpman. He is one of many Hall of Fame members and is recognized as one of the greatest to play the game of basketball. Many refer to this shoe as the "Flu Game" because of the statistics that Michael Jordan had. He was playing the Utah Jazz for the NBA Finals where he played in the Jordan 12 and with the flu. Since that game, this shoe has become increasingly popular, therefore Air Jordan released more colors but limiting the amount that they produce.

They were not only liked and worn by Jordan himself but also by some of his teammates, which included Scottie Pippen, Bill Wennington and Luc Longley. Scottie Pippen even fell out of the MaxAir System to have his player edition of the Air Jordan 12. [1]

Creation and Release[edit]

The Air Jordan 12 took the Air Jordan series to a new height. It got its inspiration from two sources: Nisshoki (The Japanese flag) and a women’s shoe-design from the 19th century. The stitching along the side of the shoe resembles sun rays which were borrowed from the Japanese Sun Rising Flag and placed on the Air Jordan 12. Michael Jordan wanted the shoe both comfortable and durable, and didn't bother if they took something from women’s shoes.[2]

The Air Jordan XII was originally released from 1996-1997, when the Chicago Bulls were trying to win another championship for the second time in a row. Five colorways were released for the shoe and they were the first Air Jordan to feature Zoom Air. [3] They were originally released from 1996 to 1997 and was retro-ed in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011–2013, and 2015–2016.[4]


The Air Jordan 12 has been subject to many highly limited colorways recently such as the Air Jordan 12 x PSNY collaboration, the Wings colorway that was limited to 12,000 pairs, and the OVO collaboration. Due to limited pairs, the Jordan 12's vary in price from US$190–US$225.


  1. ^ "The Complete History of the Air Jordans I – XX8Air Jordan XII". Complex.
  2. ^ "The Complete History of the Nike Air Jordan 12 Sneaker".
  3. ^ "Air Jordan 12: The Definitive Guide to Colorways". Sole Collector.
  4. ^ "Ray Allen Stats, Bio and Game Logs". 1975-07-20. Retrieved 2017-03-03.