The whole reason the Air Jordan line exists is because it was designed as performance footwear to help Michael Jordan reach his full on-court potential. It’s great when rappers flip a colorway on a retro, but those retros would have never meant anything in the first place if they weren’t designed to hoop in. It’s been a long time since a new Air Jordan model has had much off-court success, and while the XXXIII might not have been a fixture on “influencer” Instagram accounts, it did generate significantly more interest than any other new Air Jordan model in recent memory. We may never see the shoe’s FastFit lacing system again, but it still gets credit for its ambition and being integrated in a way that actually connected with fans aesthetically.