Prior to retiring from basketball in 1993, Michael Jordan had a request for his next signature shoe. He wanted it to incorporate patent leather. It was a perplexing request, even for the innovative minds behind the scenes at Nike. The common thought at the time was that the market wasn’t ready for patent leather on a basketball shoe. So Jordan’s plans for the Air Jordan 9 to include the shiny material were put on pause until 1995’s Air Jordan 11, which helped define the genre-changing silhouette.
In the years since, patent leather has become a fixture on several Air Jordans and a plethora of sportswear styles that completely dominate the lifestyle lane. On the eve of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Patent “Bred” release, we’ve rounded up the best patent leather sneakers you can cop now on GOAT.