Year released: 2002

The first $200 Air Jordan came with a lot of accessories. There were removable lace covers, a DVD-ROM, and a faux-metal briefcase that looked like something that should be locked to a secret agent’s wrist. At $200, it wouldn’t have been a bad idea. The shoes themselves looked good, but maybe not $200 good. It also hurt that, at the time, Foot Locker stopped selling Nike sneakers over $120. The Zoom Air of the past was replaced by a regular visible airbag in the heel hidden behind a translucent piece of TPU and the full-on shroud of the XVI was reduced to a snap-in lace cover that not many people bothered with. Wizards Jordan wasn’t Bulls Jordan in more ways than one. Russ Bengtson

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