After the year Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan 11 had it was tough to live up to expectations all around. But Tinker Hatfield has proven time and time again he is up to the challenge. For the Air Jordan 12 Tinker was inspired by a women’s dress shoe and the Japanese flag. Keeping it clean and simple the upper’s stitched leather panels were inspired by the flag. On the guard and toe piece of the shoe a faux leather reptile leather added. Down low a carbon fiber shank was used once again for performance, this time paired with full-length Zoom Air, the first time for the Jordan lineup. Paying homage to the man himself the Air Jordan 12 has a special heel tag that says “Quality inspired by the greatest player ever.” ALthough not as dominate a team as the previous year, the Bulls and MJ had another solid year. During the NBA Finals the AJ12 was on the feet of Jordan during the infamous “Flu Game” as well as when he and the Bulls captured their second straight title in a row.