The history behind the iconic “Last Shot” Jordan 14
Signed, sealed, re-delivered.
The 20th Anniversary of Mike’s last shot as a Bull — the shot that sealed the 1998 NBA Finals — is on June 14th, and to celebrate the occasion, JB are re-releasing the now adeptly named “Last Shot” Jordan 14’s, which you will find releasing right here.
But before we get the drop, Jordan Brand school us in a history lesson, via Nike SNKRS:
Over the course of 14 years, Michael Jordan created a legacy with Chicago that was laced with unimaginable highlights and gravity-defying shots. On what would become the final shot of his storied career with Chicago, His Airness left us with a parting gift of everlasting basketball greatness. Playing for his sixth title, MJ’s squad was down one point with under ten seconds to go. With the game and season on the line Michael and the menacingly sleek Black/Varsity Red Air Jordan XIV created space, elevated and drilled the go-ahead basket.
That iconic moment cemented the Air Jordan XIV’s status as an all-time classic. Twenty years after MJ’s championship-sealing bucket was scored, the Air Jordan XIV ‘Last Shot’ is making a triumphant return to its original form. Sporting an aggressive black leather stitched upper, the Air Jordan XIV was inspired by MJ’s love of high speed cars. The influence can be seen on the Jumpman shield that graces the outer panels. Red contrasting side vents served as nods to the Italian carmakers’ fluid mixture of luxury and high performance, two characteristics that became synonymous with the Jordan Brand and MJ’s level of play.
In 2005 the Air Jordan XIV saw its first Retro since the original 1998 release with a nubuck toecap replacing the suede of the original. The XIV returned again in 2011 with a suede toecap once again to ignite memories of MJ’s iconic “Last Shot” moment in the original Air Jordan XIV.
Now two decades later, the “Last Shot” Air Jordan XIV is forever cemented in footwear history. Not only for its iconic design, but most importantly for the role it played in MJ’s grand exit as a Chicago legend.
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