The was released in 1997/1998. On December 30th Jordan broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA record, by scoring in double-digits for the 788th consecutive game. He also led the Bulls to their sixth NBA Championship title.
Hatfield kept on making original designs. The Air Jordan 13 (XIII)‘s featured a nice hologram on the ankle and the design was said to be inspired by a panther. The outsole with pads like a paw and circles representing whiskers.
The hologram showed the following images;
– A basketball
– The number 23
– The jumpman logo
Two different low-top colors were also released to the public. These without the hologram.
Most of the previous models had been produced in Taiwan but took the step to China and Air Jordan 13 (XIII) was also produced in China. It’s weird but this made fakes or so called factory variants of AJ’s very common, seems as if the factory really knew that this was a product that they could make money on. The fakes usually had awful color combinations and the quality was far from satisfying.