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Happy Birthday MJ: 50 Famed Sneakerheads Talk About Their Favorite Air Jordan

Russ Bengtson

Favorite Model: Air Jordan II "White/Black/Red"
Twitter: @RussBengtson

When I was a sophomore in high school I wanted the black/cement Air Jordan IIIs and wound up with the white/black/red IIs because they were on clearance (for $70, if my shaky memory serves). As it turns out, I couldn't have a better first Jordan. Made in Italy, no Swoosh, that smooth, pre-Visible Air polyurethane sole. And in the 25-plus years since they first dropped, the II's design (thank you, Bruce Kilgore) has aged better than most. Tinker Hatfield's Air Jordan designs are justifiably lauded, but sometimes I have to wonder, what if?

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