Air Jordan XIV is forever a part of history, even lore. It helped cap a series, a 6th NBA Championship, and a career. In one moment – Michael Jordan’s game-winning jumper in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals – XIV became more than just a shoe.
Jordan had been wearing XIII throughout the playoffs but in a what’s-he-wearing instant, he unveiled XIV in the last series. The shoe took direction from Jordan’s Ferrari 550 Maranello, featuring a low-profile, fast silhouette with side vents and tire-like outsole tread.
In a sense, XIV finished telling the story of Michael Jordan; who he’d been and what he’d become. It summed up the Air Jordan line to that point as precisely as Jordan summed up his career with the title-clinching “Last Shot”. It was only fitting that the man and the shoe shared the last act spotlight, to end an incomparable run of talent and dominance the likes of which had never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Click through for a look back at Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan XIV…