Manufactured by
Nike Inc., American, founded 1971
Worn by
Jordan, Michael, American, born 1963
Signed by
Jordan, Michael, American, born 1963
leather, rubber, nylon, foam, and nylon shoelaces with plastic aglets
H x W x D (left shoe (a)): 6 1/2 × 4 3/8 × 12 1/2 in. (16.5 × 11.1 × 31.8 cm)
H x W x D (right shoe (b)): 6 1/2 × 4 1/2 × 12 1/2 in. (16.5 × 11.4 × 31.8 cm)
A pair of Nike brand red, white, and black Air Jordan I high top sneakers. The toe box is made of white leather with small perforated holes. The toe cap and vamp are made of red leather. The heel counter and a band along the ankle high top portion are red leather, as well as a black leather Nike "swoosh" on the outside and inside of the vamp. The ankle high top also has fabric painted black on it, and is lined with black nylon. Printed in black on the outside of the high top is the text "AIR JORDAN" above a winged basketball. Michael Jordan's signature is written in black ink on the outside heel of both shoes. The tongue is faced with white nylon and backed with white breathable nylon, with a layer of soft foam between them and then machine quilted in a series of horizontal parallel lines. A red fabric tag with white machine-embroidered text reading "NIKE / AIR" separated by a white "swoosh" is sewn at the top outside of the tongue, then folded over and attached to the reverse of the tongue, with trademark information on the back part of the tag and the text "MADE IN REP. OF KOREA" at the bottom. The shoes are laced with black nylon shoe laces with clear plastic aglets. The outer soles are made of hard white rubber edged around the uppers and hard red rubber on the bottoms. The insoles are made of foam covered in white terry cloth on the top, with the text "NIKE / AIR" printed in red near the heel. White text reading "13 1/2 850102-TYPS" is printed on the black lining of the inside of the high top.
athletic shoes
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights
© Nike
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