Jordan 13 Retro Grey Toe 2005

Jordan 13 Retro Grey Toe 2005


Air Jordan 13
Style Code
Flint Gray / Red / White
Release Date
January 23, 2005

Sporting the Jordan 13 Retro Grey Toe 2005

Few shoes in the history of sneakers are as iconic as Air Jordans, and few Jordans are as iconic as the 13, which released in 1997. Like all but two of the Air Jordan models worn on court by MJ himself, the 13 was designed by Tinker Hatfield. The AJ 13 represents a close collaboration between the designer and the athlete: Hatfield came to Jordan with an idea, but Jordan offered feedback that would shape the final result.

Jordan 13 History and Design: The Black Cat

After designing ten other iterations of the Air Jordan—one each year starting with the 3—Hatfield needed fresh inspiration for the new model. He found that one day while he watched Michael play—suddenly, it all clicked. Jordan’s grace, power, the audacity of his offense, the way he conserved his energy only to spring at the perfect moment: he looked like a panther. Hatfield got to work right away. When he showed the design to Jordan, the story goes, Hatfield referred to his concept as the “Black Cat” and Jordan was floored – Black Cat was his nickname among his closest friends. And so, the 13 was born.

The Black Cat or panther concept was worked into nearly every aspect of the final product by the time of release. It represented not only a big step forward for the brand aesthetically, but technologically as well. The first Nike shoe ever designed on a computer, it includes a number of high-tech features such as a carbon fiber footplate, a holographic logo, and reflective mesh side panels.

Early sketches called for a strap so that Michael could easily adjust the tightness of the shoe on the fly during a game, but after trying on different prototypes, Jordan nixed the idea. He said that the shoe shouldn’t have anything on it that wasn’t necessary. He wanted simplicity and performance—the result was a streamlined, stylish sneaker that was also the lightest Air Jordan Nike had ever produced.

Jordan 13 Retro Grey Toe 2005

The sides of the upper on the 2005 retro white grey and red Jordans are made up of white leather overlays. The ones stitched on the side make up part of the heel side of the upper as well and extend to the sides of the tongue, making up the top side of the eyelets. The grey toe theme starts with the grey synthetic on the tongue, which sits in the background of a black Jumpman logo. The grey of the tongue matches that of the laces, and the theme continues to the grey leather of the toes. A darker shade of grey makes up part of the outer lining of the rubber sole. Inside the borders of the dark grey sole lining are white herringbone print sections separated by red rubber borders.

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    July 26, 2022

    Good looking shoe that fell apart.

    I realize these shoes are old, but after wearing them for one basketball practice, the sole came apart from the shoe. Hoping shoe glue will work, but disappointed that they didn't even make it to a game.

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