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Air Jordan 12

Year Released: 1996
Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Most Popular Colorways: Taxi, Obsidian, White/Varsity Red, Playoffs, Black/Red (Flu Game)
First Retroed: 2003 

The Air Jordan XIIs went back to traditional leather uppers (inspired in part by Japan's Rising Sun flag and in part by a women's boot), but kept innovations from the XI including the carbon spring plate. They were also the first Jordans to feature Zoom Air. The XIIs were also considered the most durable of the Jordan line and featured various dope colorways including the timeless “Flu Games" which were well-received by sneakerheads during each release.

They were worn not only by Jordan but his teammates: Scottie Pippen, Bill Wennington, and Luc Longley adopted the Jordan XIIs as their go-to shoe during parts of the '96-97 season. Jordan himself compared it to "putting whitewalls on a garbage truck" when the big men rocked them. Pippen loved the comfort and cushion of the XIIs so much, he ditched the Max Air system in his first signature kicks for player exclusive Zoom Air fitted-joints — like Mike.