Air Jordan XII
Year released: 1996
Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Most Popular Colorways: Taxi, Obsidian, White/Varisty 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.