Sport Blue, Carmine, Blue/Black… sometimes the names are pretty much self-explanatory, but for the most part, the design inspirations behind some of the most popular Air Jordans are as elusive as the Masonic secret handshake - only those in the know knows. There are plenty of reasons out there as to why this was the case. The best explanation, however, is that designers like Tinker Hatfield, Mark Smith, and Mark Parker, the current CEO of Nike, took the time to observe Jordan Brand’s centerpiece, Michael Jordan, from which they knew his likes, dislikes, style of play on the court and his interests when he’s off from it. What was at first a designer-client relationship quickly became lasting friendship, and that might just be the greatest ingredient to Jordan Brand’s continuing success.
From the Porsche Turbo’s “wing”, elephant skin, the Ferrari 550 Maranello, to Cat’s Eye hologram and the recent “Legend Blue/Columbia” Air Jordan 11, here is a list of everything that has ever inspired an Air Jordan sneaker, thanks in part to The Drop.