Year: 1999
Lead Designer: Tinker Hatfield

If there's any one Tinker Hatfield Air Jordan that still has people scratching their heads, it's the XV. Based on equal parts X15 rocket plane and Prada Sport shoe, the XV was the first Air Jordan that Mike wouldn't play in since the IX - and this wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Following the sleek, Ferrari-inspired AJXIV, the XV was a bit clunky and awkward. The full-length lacing seemed to go too far down, the ridged rubber external heel counter was a bit too big, the Jordan's-tongue-inspired tongue a bit too literal. The black-and-red scheme worked - doesn't it always? - but the adventurous design may have been a bit too far ahead of its time.