Every Sneaker Worn in “The Last Dance”

May 18, 2020 | Luis Torres |

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The Chicago Bulls truly captured the entire world in the 1990s. From the 1991-93 titles to the second three-peat run, the Bulls weren’t just America’s team. They were the world’s team. Even if you were a fan of a rival squad, Michael Jordan and his crew captured the hearts and eyes of the world. Love them or hate them, the ’90s Bulls were it.

During the 1997-98 season, a film crew was allowed unprecedented access to capture the team in its quest for a historic second three-peat in what would be the last season for the team as a group. Michael Jordan would agree to let the tapes roll more than 20 years after the legendary bookend championship to the most critical organization in basketball history. “The Last Dance” captured the end of the dominant Bulls era like never before.

1997-1998 Chicago Bulls (Bill Smith/ NBAE/ Getty Images)

However, the players aren’t the only stars in this film. The supporting cast would come down to something, not someone, we all know and cherish — sneakers.

From Jordan’s early days in Converse as a member of the University of North Carolina to hitting the legendary last shot against the Utah Jazz in the Air Jordan 14, a handful of sneakers will make a cameo in the series. But Jordan wasn’t the only player rocking heat.

Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the fundamental pillars on that Bulls team, were also focal points in the footwear world. From Pippen in his early Nike days to Rodman in both Converse and Nikes, the documentary is anticipated to be a gem for sneaker historians and overall enthusiasts.

Throughout the entire docu-series, we’ll be documenting every sneaker worn, mentioned or referenced in order of the first appearance. Let’s get started.

Episode 1

Air Jordan 13 “He Got Game”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 13 “He Got Game”
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 13 “He Got Game”

+ One of the most legendary colorways of the AJ13
+ Word to Denzel Washington and Ray Allen

Nike Air Ship

Michael Jordan in the Nike Air Ship

+ Before the Air Jordan 1, there was the Nike Air Ship
+ Read more about the silhouette here

Air Jordan 1 “Black Toe”

Michael Jordan with the Air Jordan 1 “Black Toe” and the Nike Air Ship (via ShoeLander)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 1 “Black Toe”

+ You can never go wrong with the Air Jordan 1 “Black Toe”
+MJ and the Bulls team golfed at Castle & Coasters before the 1993 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns. Legends

Air Jordan 1 “Banned”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 1 “Banned”
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 1 “Banned”

+ Learn about the Air Jordan 1 “Banned” here about how it earned its iconic name
+ His Airness rocking the multiple gold chains like an absolute legend

Air Jordan 1 “Chicago”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 1 “Chicago”

+ The Bulls need to bring the cursive jerseys back
+ From head to toe, Michael Jordan always got a fit off

Air Jordan 11 “Bred”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ The 1996 NBA Finals and the AJ11 would kick-off the second three-peat championship run
+ Learn about the complete history of the Air Jordan 11 here

Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot”

+ A picture is worth a thousand words

Air Jordan 11 “Concord”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” (via Nike Stories)

+ When’s the last time you hooped in your “Concord” pair?
+ The Air Jordan 11 will forever be timeless

Converse Pro Leather

Michael Jordan in the Converse Pro Leather
Michael Jordan in the Converse Pro Leather

+ Jordan almost signed with Converse before signing with Nike
+ Before “The Last Shot” there was “The Shot”

Converse Star Player

Michael Jordan in the Converse Star Player

+ Before gracing the NBA hardwood, MJ proved he could hoop at the highest level during the 1984 Olympics
+ Which Team USA Jordan was your favorite?

Air Jordan 5 “Fire Red”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 5 “Fire Red”

+ By far one of the cleanest colorways of the Air Jordan 5 to exist
+ The pair dropped on SNKRS right at the start of the documentary. If you missed out as I did, you have another chance at the Air Jordan 5 “Fire Red” on May 2, 2020

Episode 2

Air Jordan 3 “White Cement”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 3 “White Cement”

+ Michael Jordan truly redefined Air
+ Which Air Jordan 3 colorway is the best of all-time?

Nike Air Pippen 2

Scottie Pippen in the Nike Air Pippen 2

+ The Nike Air Pippen 2 released in 1998. Forever a classic
+ Who else thinks we deserve a retro?

Nike Air Pippen 1

Scottie Pippen in the Nike Air Pippen 1

+ Scottie was the man, especially in his signature shoe line
+ The Pippen line is arguably one of the best signature lines of all-time right behind Jordan

Nike Air Jordan 13 “Chicago”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 13 “Chicago” (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 13 “Chicago”

+ Never forget when Jordan dropped 49 points against the Clippers as Kobe was in Staple Center watching the game
+ The road uniforms with the AJ13 white and red combo was tough

Nike Enterprise

Michael Jordan in the Nike Enterprise
Nike Enterprise (via MJO23DAN)
Nike Enterprise ad (via MJO23DAN)

+ The Nike Enterprise raised a lot of eyebrows about what MJ was wearing
+ Should Nike retro the pair? (No cast included)

Air Jordan 1.5

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 1.5 “Chicago”

+ At a glance, the Air Jordan 1.5 “Chicago” looks like a regular shoe. However, the difference is in the sole as it features the tooling from the Air Jordan 2
+ Despite its history, the pair was a sitter. However, prices skyrocketed during the episode. Jordan truly never misses

Air Jodan 1 Strap “Chicago”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 1 Strap “Chicago”
Nike Air Jordan 1 Strap “Chicago”
Nike Air Jordan 1 Strap “Chicago”

+The Air Jordan 1 Strap “Chicago” was engineered to keep MJ’s foot secure as he was recovering from a severe injury that took place at the start of his sophomore season
+ The pair would auction off for thousands of dollars as the sample will forever be a part of the Jordan legacy

Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” (Dunk sole)

Michael Jordan 1 “Chicago” (Dunk sole)
Michael Jordan 1 “Chicago” (Dunk sole)

+ The Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” featured a Dunk sole. Imagine if these were to drop…just saying
+ Jordan would drop 63 points over the Boston Celtics during Game 2 of the 1986 playoffs. 1). Jordan was a sophomore 2). he scored 63 points without a three

Nike Air Maestro 1

Scottie Pippen in the Nike Air Maestro 1
Scottie Pippen in the Nike Air Maestro 1

+ Friendly reminder to give Scottie his roses (and his money)
+ Which one was better — the Nike Air Maestro 1 or the Nike Air Maestro 2?

Episode 3

Converse AS Rodman

Dennis Rodman in the Converse AS Rodman (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dennis Rodman in the Converse AS Rodman (Andrew Cutraro/AFP/Getty Images)

+ The Converse AS Rodman is the most legendary one from his time with the brand as the model captured Rodman’s personality, tattoos, and accomplishments
+ The shoe had the seven marks on the side to commemorate Rodman’s rebounding titles, and the circle around the Converse logo mirrored his tattoo

Air Jordan 4 “Bred”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 4 “Bred” (NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 4 “Bred” (via Sports Illustrated)
Phil Jackson in the Air Jordan 4 “Bred” (Still captured via ESPN)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 4 “Bred” (via Sneaker News)

+ The Shot. Enough said (sorry Ehlo)
+ So clean, even Coach Jackson had to get a pair

Air Jordan 5 “Black Metallic”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 5 “Black Metallic” (Mark Elias/AP Images)

+ Jordan rules in action
+ The all-black pair with the silver tongue and red accent created a masterpiece

Converse D-Rod

Dennis Rodman in the Converse D-Rod (via Nick DePaula)
Dennis Rodman in the Converse D-Rod (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

+ The “7” on the shoe was a nod to the number of times Rodman was crowned rebounding champion
+ This shoe argues for a retro treatment

Converse AS Springfield

Dennis Rodman in the Converse AS Springfield (via Getty Images)
Dennis Rodman in the Converse AS Springfield (via NBA Kicks)

+ Rodman’s effort on the court was genuinely unmatched
+ The quilted pattern on the upper gave the shoe an exquisite look

Converse AS 91

Dennis Rodman in the Converse AS 91 (via Nick DePaula)
Phil Jackson in the Converse AS 91 (via Ball is Life)

+ Possibly the most under-appreciated Converse that Rodman wore in his career
+ Coach had the heat on him

Air Jordan 12 “Cherry”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 12 “Cherry” (via Sole Collector)

+ Although the colorway made a short appearance, we had to make sure it got some props
+ Side note: that uniform combination with the white upper on the “Cherry” colorway is perfection

Episode 4

Air Jordan 7 “Bordeaux”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 7 ‘Bordeaux” (Still captured via ESPN)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 7 “Bordeaux” (via Sole Collector)

+ The dark tones combined with the vino and gold is such a good look
+ The colorway last saw the retro treatment in 2015. Is it time for another re-release?

Air Jordan 6 “Infrared”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 6 “Infrared” (via The Undefeated)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 6 “Infrared” and Dennis Rodman in the Reebok Pump Omni Zone 2 (Jim Mone/AP Images)

+ The Air Jordan 6 will forever be immortalized with Jordan’s first ring
+ Rodman was rocking with every shoe brand back in the day

Episode 5

Air Jordan 1 “Chicago”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ We know we said we would only list a sneaker based on the first appearance, but we have to give this gem its respected flowers
+ 42 points. 8 rebounds. 6 assists. 3 steals. 1 block.

adidas KB8 (Crazy 8)

Kobe Bryant in the Adidas KB8 and Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 13 “Playoffs” (via Sporting News)
Kobe Bryant in the Adidas KB8 and Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 13 “Playoffs” (via BET)

+ Two legends going at it in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game
+ Still crazy to see Kobe in this documentary. RIP.

Converse Weapon

Converse Weapon ad (via Kicks On Fire)

+ Imagine if Converse signed Jordan?
+ The potential Isiah Thomas and MJ dynamic would’ve been fascinating

adidas Pro Model

Michael Jordan in the adidas Pro Model (still captured via ESPN)

+ The Three Stripes dropped the ball with Jordan (and later Kobe)
+ Jordan was so inclined to sign with adidas that he didn’t even want to meet with Nike

Air Jordan 1 “Bred”

Michael Jordan with the Air Jordan 1 “Bred” (via Nike News)

+ Shoutout to Deloris Jordan. A true legend for making MJ meet with Nike

Air Jordan 1 “Black Toe”

Michael Jordan with the Air Jordan 1 “Black Toe”

+ According to the documentary, Jordan signed with Nike for 250 million

Air Jordan 4 “White Cement”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 4 “White Cement” (still captured via ESPN)
Air Jordan 4 “White Cement” in Do The Right Thing

+ Although the pair last released in 2016, no one would be against another drop. Just saying
+ The AJ4 “White Cement” was a massive step from the AJ3 with its wings, eyelets and its heel tab

Air Jordan 5

+ Spike Lee took the Jordan line to a different level with his cultural influence
+ It’s gotta be the shoe!

Air Jordan 7 “True Red”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 7 “True Red” (via Sneaker News)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 7 “True Red” (via Sneaker News)

+ Jordan put the work on Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1992 NBA Finals
+ The colorway would later inspire the Air Jordan 7 “Raptors”

Nike Air Pegasus 92

Michael Jordan in the Nike Air Pegasus 92

+ The GOAT both off and on the court
+ The Nike Air Pegasus 92 “Olympic” re-released in 2016

Air Jordan 7 “Olympic”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 7 “Olympic”
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 7 “Olympic” (via Complex Sneakers)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 7 “Olympic”

+ Top-down, the jersey, and Air Jordan combo was fire
+ The last time this pair retroed was 2012. Wouldn’t be surprised if we saw these again in 2022

1992 Dream Team

+ Some gems were worn by the entire team
+ Take a look at eery sneaker worn by The Dream Team here

Nike Air Force 180

Charles Barkley in the Nike Air Force 180

Converse Magic Olympic Mid

Magic Johnson in the Converse Magic Olympic Mid

Nike Air Flight Lite

Scottie Pippen in the Nike Air Flight Lite

Episode 6

Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs”
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs”

+ A tradition like no other: black and red Jordans for the playoffs
+ Is the Air Jordan 8 an underrated member of the Jordan signature line?

Episode 7

Air Jordan 7 “Cardinal”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 7 “Cardinal” (via Sports Illustrated)

+ Who needs another pair of these?
+ Michael Jordan and Sports Illustrated were such an iconic duo (before baseball)

Air Jordan 9 Cleat

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 9 Cleat PE (via Sports Illustrated)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 9 Cleat PE
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 9 Cleat PE

+ Jordan would pick up the number 45 for the first time since his high school days
+ This would be the only time Jordan would wear the AJ9 until his Wizards days

Episode 8

Air Jordan 10

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 10 (via Nick DePaula)
Air Jordan 10 (Still captured via ESPN)
Nick Anderson in the Air Jordan 10 PE (via Nick DePaula)

+ “I’m back.”
+ Nick Anderson was one of the few that had his own AJ10 PE. Ironically enough, Anderson was wearing his pair when he stripped Michael in the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals

Nike Air Challenger LWP

Michael Jordan in the Nike Air Challenger LWP

+ Jordan with the drip
+ The silhouette was famously worn by another Nike legend — Andre Agassi

Air Jordan 11 “Concord”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” (via Jordan Brand)

+ Jordan would debut the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” against the Orlando Magic in the playoffs
+ The shine on that patent leather never gets old

Nike Air Flight One

Michael Jordan in the Nike Air Flight One (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ Jordan would wear Penny Hardaway’s sneaker in Game 3 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals
+ This would mark the only time his Airness would wear another player’s shoe

Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam”

+ The film truly created memories
+ Anybody ready for Space Jam 2?

Nike Air Shake N’Destrukt

Dennis Rodman in the Nike Air Shake N’Destrukt

+ It was only right that Nike would test an eccentric model on a player with a vibrant personality
+ Although the pair saw a retro in 2017, no one would be against another one

Air Jordan 11 “Bred/Playoffs”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 11 “Playoffs” (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

+ Truly one of the most iconic images of Jordan
+ The audio with the clip of Jordan in the locker room was extremely emotional to watch

Episode 9

Air Jordan 13 Low PE

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 13 Low PE (via Complex Sneakers)
Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 13 Low PE (via Complex Sneakers)

+ One of the few times his Airness would wear a pair on-court that wouldn’t release
+ Which one out of the two pairs are you feeling more?

Air Jordan 13 “Bred”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 13 “Bred” (via Getty Images)

+ The Air Jordan 13 “Bred’ was actually supposed to the be “The Last Shot” colorway. More on that later
+ Jordan Brand needs to re-release these in that vibrant red from the 1998 version

Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs”

+ Mid-range legend
+ The Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs” retroed in 2004 and 2012. Is it due for another release?

Air Jordan 12 “Flu Game”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 12 “Flu Game” (via Getty Images)

+ So, are we renaming these the “Pizza Gates” instead?
+ Who believes this story? Let us know on social media

Episode 10

Unreleased Jordan

Michael Jordan in an unreleased Jordan model (via Travonne Edwards)

+ Jordan Brand has some dress shoes in the vault?
+ Going to need this for the club

Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot”

Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 14 “Last Shot” (via Getty Images)

+ Jordan Brand should’ve shocked dropped these instead
+ The only time Jordan would rock these on the court. Talk about a statement debut

Jordan Centre Court

Michael Jordan in the Jordan Centre Court (via Jordan Brand)

+ Grand opening, grand closing
+ Only a handful of pairs exist. Word to his Airness rocking that exclusive heat

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