Jordan debuted the prototype Nike Air Jordan sneaker during a preseason game in '84. The shoe was a black-and-red colorway of the Nike Air Ship silhouette, which he wore while awaiting his signature sneaker. That shoe drew a warning from the league. The same colorway of the actual Air Jordan was banned for the regular season. The NBA mandated that players wear shoes that not only matched their uniforms but matched the shoes worn by their teammates. That policy led to the "51 percent rule" -- shoes had to be majority white and in accordance with what the rest of the team was wearing. Jordan continued to violate the rule. It was widely rumored that MJ had been hit with a $5,000 fine for violating the rule. ESPN previously reported that there was no evidence that Nike ever paid a fine.
- 100% ringspun cotton
- double-needle stitching throughout
- coverseamed neck with lay flat collar
- tag-free neck label
- shoulder-to-shoulder tape