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It’s only right that Jordan Brand celebrates the 20th anniversary of the “Last Shot” by releasing the shoe that MJ was wearing in that iconic moment. Made famous by the shot MJ hit in game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz that propelled his Bulls to another championship victory. Serving as one of the first sneakers in history to have an official nickname devoid of any color affiliation, the Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot” helps tell the story of one of the most significant moments in NBA history. Securing MJ his sixth NBA championship with the Bulls, this iconic moment was both the final Bull’s Field Goal attempt of the game, and Jordan’s last in his Chicago career. Chasing one with 10 seconds on the clock, Jordan shook off Bryon Russell – following a steal of Karl Malone on the defensive end – and put up a 20-foot jumper from the top of key. Hitting nothing but net and giving the Bulls the lead with 5.2 seconds to go, this moment will live forever in NBA lure.

That iconic moment cemented the Air Jordan 14’s status as an all-time classic. Twenty years after MJ’s championship-sealing bucket was scored, the Air Jordan 14 Last Shot is making a triumphant return to its original form. Sporting an aggressive black leather stitched upper, the Air Jordan 14 was inspired by MJ’s love of high speed cars and was designed off the influence of theFerrari F355F1. The influence can be seen on the Jumpman shield that graces the outer panels. Red contrasting side vents served as nods to the Italian carmakers’ fluid mixture of luxury and high performance, two characteristics that became synonymous with the Jordan Brand and MJ’s level of play. The classic luxury car-inspired silhouette features a rich tumbled Black leather upper with Black suede accents. Contrast is provided by Red branding on the heel and the Yellow shield logo on the lateral side of the sneaker. A Red carbon fiber outsole plate completes the shoe’s classic and fast look

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 14 ‘Last Shot’ on June 14th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

Whether you plan to rock your 14’s on or off the court, keep them as legendary as Jordan’s last shot by protecting them with ForceField. ForceField’s unique formula not only repels dirt and stains but is the only waterproofer with UV protection to keep colors from fading in the sun.

The iconic Jordan 1 Rebel XX OG is back! This time around we’ll be releasing the popular kicks at Finish Line Del Amo Los Angeles, Finish Line Roosevelt New York and on the app. Both colorways from the first release will be available, so start planning your outfits accordingly.

This Saturday, 6/2 at 2pm PT/ 5pm ET you can get your pair of the Jordan 1 Rebel XX OG at two flagship locations. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, stop by Finish Line Del Amo to hang out with @joycewrice and if you’re in the New York area stop by Finish Line Roosevelt to hang out with @tamaradhia. Both of these ladies knows what’s up in fashion when it came to styling their Jordan 1 Rebel’s, so you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see them on launch day.

If you won’t make it to our LA or NY store, you can get your pair of Jordan 1 Rebel XX OG’s on the Finish Line app.

Download for Apple or GooglePlay to purchase on Saturday, 6/2 at 2pm PT/5pm ET.????

 

Summer hasn’t even started yet, but Jordan Brand has been bringing the ????????????. We’ve seen the women’s Satin ‘Shattered Backboard’ AJ1, the ‘Shadow’ AJ1, the ‘Hall of Fame’ AJ3, and of course this upcoming weekend’s ‘Cap and Gown’ AJ11.

This June, Jordan Brand is set to bring back one of the most highly coveted retro of its time and it’s inspired by the former Nuggets 2003 #3 pick, Carmelo Anthony. You know Melo The God has been reppin’ JB since his days at ‘Cuse – scratch that – Oak Hill Academy High School and the brand blessed him with multiple Player Editions (back when it was very rare) during his rookie season, including the now iconic white and blue 2s. As a nod to the time that Melo spent in Denver, we are dropping this shoe early as a part of our Denver Flagship Store Grand Opening on Saturday 5/26.

Originally released back in ‘04, the Melo-inspired AJ2 returns with its smooth White, Varsity Maize, and University Blue color scheme. It has a lot of the same features as the OG so fans can definitely bask in the nostalgia and re-up in case your old pair has seen better days.

If you can’t make it to the Denver Flagship Store Grand Opening, make sure to mark your calendars for 6/9 to cop the AJ Retro 2 ‘Melo’ at FinishLine.com.

The Air Jordan 11 holds a special place in the sneaker realm for what Jordan did wearing the shoe and the one of a kind look that they had when he debuted them on May 7th, 1995 in a game against the Orlando Magic. As the years have come and gone, the love and demand for the Retro 11 has become bigger than anything Tinker Hatfield or Michael Jordan could have imagined. Now, Jordan Brand is honoring those who accomplish graduating high-school with this premium take on the ’96 classic hoops model that is perfect for formal events that fall near the end of the school year in mind. JB is also giving graduates first dibs through a special SNKRs release that has never been done before.

What started as a sample in the ‘Blackout’ Collection back in 2011 has finally come full circle to be released after sneakerheads have been begging for years. Since 2011, this pair has accumulated numerous nicknames like ‘Blackout’, ‘Prom Night’ and others but Jordan Brand has dubbed these ‘Cap and Gown’ 11s. The all-black pair sports suede panels in place of the usual ballistic mesh, tonal branding hits, a metal Jumpman on the lateral heel in place of the usual stitched interpretation, a smokey outsole, and the model’s signature high-cut patent leather. To add to this pair’s theme, the black laces are made to resemble the cords worn by students on graduation day. Thanks to its shiny patent leather detailing resembling a dress shoe, the 11 has been re-purposed over the years by some as an “acceptable” compliment to formal wear.

With college graduation season already underway, don’t be surprised to see certain students rocking these with their traditional attire when they receive their diplomas this year. This pair will be releasing in MEN’S SIZES ONLY.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Cap and Gown ’ on May 26th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

The birth of the Air Jordan 1 back in 1985 was a pivotal moment for the Swoosh. There’s no doubt that the Air Jordan 1 has transcended its court purpose. In the past few decades, the AJ1 has inspired a plethora of different versions, but even though styles and trends shift, this has always been a sneakerhead staple.

Back in January, Nike debuted The 1 Reimagined collection focused on the AJ1 and AF1. Out of 1,000 designers, there were 14 women chosen to spearhead this project and they were only given two weeks. These 14 women behind the project had a very particular skill set to not only complete the project, but to also blow it out of the water. The goal was to establish new versions of both of the icons and this was when the Rebel XX was created.

The Rebel XX is a progressive sneaker to say the least. The zipper on the medial side is the point of entry while the asymmetrical lacing that wraps across the upper is more of a bold statement for style. The two colorways that drop on 5/19 are must haves as they’re they OG Chicago and Top 3 colorway. The iconic Chicago colorway is the basic essence of AJ1 history with Chicago Red, Black, and White. The Top 3 colorway is a fusion of 3 infamous colorways of the AJ1. It’s got DNA from the ‘Royal’, ‘Chicago’, and ‘Banned’ colorways.

 

These are the ultimate mashup of heritage, style, and function. Get them in-store or online at Finishline.com on Saturday, May 19th.

And they say Chi City! What originally started as a leaked sample hitting the social waves from Frank Cooker back in August of 2017 has turned into a movement that honors MJ and the city he spent most of his career in. The sneaker blends together two of the most iconic colorways to ever bless the sneaker world and now you get the best of both worlds on one pair of kicks.

This Air Jordan 1 is made of up two different Retro 1s, as weird as that sounds. Split down the middle from the tongue all the way down to the toe-box and down the heel, the Jordan 1 ‘Banned’ and ‘Chicago’ become one. Created as a tribute to the city where Michael Jordan cemented himself as a legend, the Air Jordan 1 ‘Homage To Home’ features the famed ‘Banned’ and ‘Chicago’ colorways welded together lengthwise for one of the most unique Air Jordan 1 creations we’ve ever seen.

If you’re a diehard Jordan fan who cops all classic kicks that honor him or Chicago, then you’re definitely going to want to add these to your collection.

The wait is almost over, if these are on your radar then you can grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG NRG ‘Homage to Home ’ on May 19th at Finishline.com with Free Shipping. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

What started as a player exclusive for one of Jordan Brands first athletes, Derek Anderson, evolved into something that went beyond the hardwood and became a symbol for so many. While Anderson was playing for the Portland Trailblazers he broke out a pair of Air Jordan 3’s that were similar to the ‘White Cement’ colorway, but had red on the heel strip instead of black. Many people would never have guessed back in 2003 that those Jordans would soon become symbolic of something that was much bigger than basketball. Fast forward to August 2006 and the country is preparing to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina ripped through Louisiana and many other southern states. As the clean up began and the storm dissipated, the alarming realization that the damage done was beyond anything that could have been predicted, and companies and organizations around the country joined the relief efforts. Jordan Brand donated select shoes from their archives to be auctioned off and put the funds toward the rebuild of the cities effected. The collection consisted of sneakers that had been worn by MJ but the one that stuck out the most was a Jordan 3 that came in a different colorway that Jordan have never worn. After that, the sneaker community had dubbed the sneaker that Air Jordan 3 ‘Katrina’ and the name symbolized a movement that meant something to millions of people.

In celebration of Michael Jordan being inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, a special “Become Legendary” collection of Air Jordans was curated to be displayed in Springfield, MA. Once again, the ‘White and Red’ Air Jordan 3 was included amongst classic colorways. Having never been released to the public before, Jordan Brand is now bringing this shoe out of the history books and memorial halls to the general public. Colored in a classic White and Red theme, the sneaker mixes the popular Air Jordan 3 ‘Fire Red’ and ‘Cement’ colorways and will feature the classic Jumpman logo on the heel. Like you’ve seen before, the classic ‘Cement’ detailing is applied on the toe and heel areas to complete the design altogether.

Make sure you add this piece of history to your collection. Grab the Air Jordan Retro 3 ‘Hall Of Fame’ on May 12th at Finishline.com

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It’s been two years since Jordan Brand dropped a Retro 1 High that paid homage to a moment in MJ’s history and it came in traditional style with some not so traditional colors. If you need a little history lesson on the ‘Shattered Backboard’ colorway, the inspiration behind it came from the uniform colors worn by MJ in 1986 when he shattered a glass backboard while dunking in an Italian exhibition game. For the lucky ones who were able to get their hands on a pair back when they released have to attribute their love of the shoe to the quality that was put into it. If you’ve been itching for more pairs that come with that same quality, then the wait is almost over.

2018 has been huge in the Jordan realm as they have been putting a lot of energy and focus behind the female consumer, after all, the future is female. Now, JB is bringing some insane heat to the streets for the ladies that most guys will be jealous of. Plush materials like satin and tumbled premium leather come together to create the Women’s Air Jordan Retro 1 High Satin ‘Shattered Backboard’. The only other Jordan 1’s to get the satin treatment are the ‘Bred’ and ‘Royal’ colorway that dropped in very limited numbers last year. With the focus being on women for this style, these are a certified banger for any outfit that you put together. This new-age classic features the same color-blocking and high-quality tumbled leather materials while adding the attractive satin finish on the toe-box, heel, and ankle collar sets the bar very high for future projects.

If these are on your radar then you can grab your pair of the Women’s Air Jordan Retro 1 High Satin ‘Shattered Backboard’ on May 5th at Finishline.com.

By Drew Hammell

The NBA Playoffs are well underway, and plenty of players are bringing the sneaker heat right out of the gate. When it comes to all-time great sneaker moments, however, few compare to those of Michael Jordan. Year after year, MJ dominated on the court while wearing some of the most memorable sneakers ever. When it comes to reliving those moments, there are few who are more passionate than the OG Support Group (@ogsupportgroup). I asked a few of them to share their favorite Michael Jordan sneaker playoff moments. Please note: this is not an exhaustive list – only the moments that are most unforgettable to the members of this group.

Sean (@scollard23): When thinking about my favorite NBA playoff moments of all time, all of them include Michael Jordan. I was 11 years old when MJ entered the NBA in 1984, so I had the pleasure and privilege of witnessing his entire career. One of my all time favorite moments happened in the fifth and final game of the first round of the 1989 playoffs versus the Cavs. The Bulls were down one with 3 seconds left on the clock and facing elimination. An inbounds pass to MJ, the shot at the foul line on Ehlo…GOOD! The Bulls win! The image of MJ jumping in the air, pumping his fist in celebration, his teammates surrounding him, coach Doug Collins running through the crowd: unforgettable. I was jumping up and down right along with MJ! But the other image that is burned into my memory from that moment is the image of the black/cement Air Jordan IV MJ wore while hitting that shot. I NEEDED them. Initially it seemed like I would never be able to get them as they were sold out everywhere, however, a local retailer got a very late shipment and I was finally able to get a pair, which I still own today. Almost 29 years later, when I think of “The Shot” I immediately think of the black/cement Air Jordan IV.

Brian (@ogsneakernerd): There are so many iconic moments to choose from, but if you know MJ, you know some of his greatest moments came right after his biggest failures. Before “The Shot,” MJ missed the game winning free throws in Game 4. Just before the hand switch move in Game 2 of the 1991 Finals, MJ missed the game winning shot in Game 1. This leads me to my favorite playoff moment and my favorite sneaker. Michael Jordan’s performance in the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals against the Pistons is one of the greatest of all time. MJ was incredible and did it all. Dunks, threes, assists, defense, etc. Playing mostly point guard, MJ was all over the place while also getting literally beaten down by the Jordan Rules. MJ, who typically kept his emotions in check, was visibly pumped up. Fist pumping and gesturing to the fans constantly. Taking the eventual champs to 7 games, it was clear that one man could carry a team on his back to the NBA Finals. This series was clearly the last step for MJ to reach the top and he made it known that he wasn’t about to lose again.

Zane (@inzanekicks): Personally for me, a defining moment that stands out is when the seconds ticked away to end Game 5 of the NBA Finals versus the Lakers in 1991. Michael would raise his fist in triumph as his teammates and fans swarmed around him. Even as the Bulls made their way into the locker room, he would keep his fist raised as champagne flowed endlessly among teammates celebrating the ultimate prize. His fist would only come down as he embraced the championship trophy while tears and sweat poured. With that, the Air Jordan VI would be given the distinction as the sneaker that MJ would win his first Championship in. As a Bulls fan to this day, the Black/Infrared VI will always take me back to that time.

Cory (@ijapino): One of my all time favorite moments is when Jordan caught fire in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals against the Trail Blazers. The shoes he had on were the black/red VII, aka the “Playoffs.” They have also become commonly known as “The Shrug Games” (sorry newbs, these shall never be known as “Raptors”). The game started out with the Bulls and Blazers trading buckets. But soon, MJ found his niche. He began hoisting 3-pointers like they had always been part of his repertoire. By the time his fifth one sank, the roof was ready to blow. I remember jumping off the couch after each one. Then came his sixth. MJ sunk it just as he did the previous five. He didn’t pound his chest or throw up 3 fingers. He didn’t stare down Cliff Robinson. He turned to the camera and just shrugged. As if to say he didn’t even know what the hell was happening. Nobody knew. Well maybe Clyde did as he realized just how far apart he now was from MJ’s level. The black/red VII became mythical after that game. When you see or hear older folks get all hell bent whenever we see the term, “Raptors” it’s because the shoe has so much more meaning than sharing colors with an expansion team that didn’t even exist in 1992. The man, the game, and the moment made the shoes legendary.

Nick (@ogorbust): If I had to pick my favorite playoff game or moment, it would have to be the 1992 Playoffs versus the New York Knicks, Game Two. My parents scored tickets to the game! I remember so many emotions as we approached Chicago Stadium and the anticipation of seeing my idol in person. As Michael Jordan came out for pregame warm-ups, I was in shock and awe. There he was, my hero in front of my eyes. As the game got under way, MJ came out blazing as he scored 17 points in the first quarter and the Bulls didn’t look back. Chicago Stadium went nuts throughout the game. People always commented about how loud it was at the Madhouse, but experiencing it in person was unreal. Like Mike, I wore my Infrared 6’s to the game as MJ was burning up the court in the Playoff VII. Most people tie the Playoff VII to the Finals “Shrug Game,” but to me the shoe will always be the one I saw the GOAT dominate in versus the Knicks.

Drew (@nikestories): Seeing MJ in the Air Jordan XI for the first time in 1995 was definitely a memorable moment for me. Jordan returned to the NBA that year after a brief retirement, and though he had some incredible games, he was still shaking off the rust as well. The Bulls were getting all they could handle from the young upstart Orlando Magic in the Playoffs. In an incredible turn of events in Game 1, Jordan turned the ball over late in the game when the Magic’s Nick Anderson ran up from behind and forced the steal. Though it was strange to see Jordan and the Bulls end up losing to the Magic in that series, it was only motivation for them the next season. Jordan would wear those same XI’s (only with a 23 on the heel instead of a 45) in ’95-’96, and the Bulls would get their revenge on the Magic (MJ would be wearing a black/red colorway in that playoff series). The XI’s represent failure and redemption for MJ – a very challenging time in his career when he was able to overcome adversity and prove he was still the greatest player of all time.

Seth (@souliisole): “It is all over, the Chicago Bulls have won at the buzzer by a jump shot by Michael Jordan!” One of the all-time great NBA playoff moments: Jordan’s game-winning shot in Game 1 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Jazz. The ‘90s epitomized the height of vintage NBA basketball, an era characterized by some of the most forward-thinking, trendsetting, and iconic basketball sneakers ever made. I recall watching countless NBA on NBC telecasts which featured the game’s premier artist showcase his talent on the NBA hardwood canvas. The ‘97 playoffs proved to be one of the most memorable in history filled with multiple buzzer-beating, game-winning shots, the most iconic of which belongs to Jordan. The son of a single parent, I was given a strict set of “Jordan Rules” which forbade me from receiving more than one pair of sneakers for the entire year. I chose not to ask my Mom for a birthday gift earlier that year and instead waited until June to receive my gift: a pair of Jordan XII’s in the black/white/metallic silver colorway. An iconic silhouette, the Jordan XII is notable for being the first pair of Air Jordans to feature Zoom Air cushioning and remains one of the most popular models in the Air Jordan collection. The image of MJ hitting the shot and making a fist will remain an everlasting, timeless moment, forever synonymous with this sneaker. Money walks.

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