Jordan x Converse.
As we recounted in visual fashion in our Michael Jordan Kicks Retrospective, Nike didn’t start it all with MJ. Nope. It began in the fall of 1981 when young Mike Jordan laced up Converse kicks for three UNC seasons, the shoe brand which legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith repped at the time.
Today, Jordan Brand tips their hat at fellow Nike Inc. owned brand Converse in celebration of the 30th anniversary of MJ’s game-winning bucket in the 1982 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. 23 limited packs of Jordan x Converse shoes will be auctioned off for charity on Monday, April 2. While we have a few days to wait for the full unveiling, Jordan Brand has left us with a nice photo tease of a pair of Converse Pro Leather’s with UNC, Jordan, and Jumpman branding.
It’s reminiscent of a planned, then completely scrapped, Jordan Brand “Defining Moments” package which was to feature the Converse Pro Leather with Jordan badging and gold accenting (see: photo below). But this time it’s for real.
So will we see more than just shoes from the Jordan x Converse collab? Likely. Is it just the Pro Leather? The other Cons product Mike strapped up as a Tar Heel were the Pro Star’s (see: last three pages), though Jordan Brand’s brief announcement today also hints that all of the special auction product is inspired specifically by MJ’s college championship night.