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A Closer Look at the Air Jordan 12 "Wings"

“With a little help, anyone can fly.”

One of the most iconic images of Michael Jordan, and trust there are many, is his 1989 “Wings” poster stretching six feet long and showcasing his monstrous wingspan, which actually measures at nearly seven feet. With that said, we’re surprised it took Nike and Jordan Brand this long to reincorporate that famous photograph into MJ’s sneaker lineup, but we’re not complaining as the wait was surely worth it.

Sporting a simple white and black colorway, this Air Jordan 12 features contrasting vibrant gold accents at four eyelets and both the lateral and medial sides. The white panels are made of a fine tumbled leather, but it’s the rest of the black upper that makes this a collector’s item. After being wiped, agitated and rubbed on over time, the black upper reveals a gold-colored feather graphic as a nod to Jordan’s “wings.” Forgive us however, as we weren’t ready to distress this pair, but if you look closely at slide three you’ll notice tiny gold specs around the stitching. Rounding out this model is an identical black-and-gold feathered insole graphic, the “Wings” image on the heel with a heel tab that reads “with a little help, anyone can fly,” and a white-and-gold dust bag, all in Jordan Brand’s signature black-and-gold box.

This model will be available in the U.S. only on April 2 between 10 and 11 a.m. via the SNKRS app draw system.

PhotographerSebastian Jimenez/HYPEBEAST
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