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Air Jordan 13 Retro Cement Grey

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The Air Jordan 13 is one of Nike’s most forgotten heroes. The shoe’s product cycle was cut short when Michael Jordan decided to launch the Air Jordan 14 early, putting a death toll onto its predecessor. Few people remember this classic shoes role in history, and why Nike has now decided it is time to relaunch it in an elegant Cement Grey colorway.

It was 1997 when the Air Jordan 13 first made its appearance on the scene. The final year of Michael Jordan’s basketball career. He strode onto the floor in the original white pair of the new design. The shoe was about to go on a wild ride through the 1997-98 season. The perpetual winning machine of the Chicago Bulls took a nosedive when Scottie Pippen missed 40 games due to tension with management and Dennis Rodman. ¬†Phil Jackson and Jerry Krause were in constant battles.

The Bulls fell apart blowing a 20-point lead to the Celtics, one of the NBA’s worst teams that year, in a Halloween massacre. The invincible Bulls started the season with a slow-paced 8-7 record, then the magic returned. Jordan began hitting the floors in his Black Toe Air Jordan 13 and shots began to fall. He nailed down several buzzer beaters to win games. He strode past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of scoring double digits in 788 consecutive games.

Jordan surprised everyone when he strode onto the NBA All-Star court wearing an all black pair of Air Jordan 13 sneakers which he dubbed “The Playoffs”.

The Bulls battled their way into the NBA playoffs, with Jordan alternating between his all-black Air Jordan 13 Playoffs and his black and red Bred Air Jordan 13’s. The Air Jordan 13 appeared on his feet for games 1, 2, and 5 in their championship battle against the Utah Jazz, but fell into oblivion in the minds of many Air Jordan afficionados when Jordan took the floor for the final game in a pair of Air Jordan 14 to make one of the NBA’s most historic shots to win the NBA Championship in game six and to secure his last NBA Finals MVP award.

The Air Jordan 14 had just robbed the 13 of the glory it deserved for an entire season of hard work, but now Nike and Michael Jordan have decided it is time to honor it one more time. The Air Jordan 13 Retro Cement Grey is hitting stores on November 15 with its stunning style.

Nike is limiting sales of the Air Jordan 13 Retro to one pair per customer and is only being produced in limited quantities.

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Via Champ Sports and Nike