For the 1997-1998 season, designer Tinker Hatfield inspired by Michael’s cat-like play drew up the AJ XIII. (He didn’t realize Michael’s friends had already nicknamed him “The Black Cat.”)
The hologram on the upper resembled the eye of a panther and the outsole had a paw-like design. The XIII featured heel and forefoot Zoom Air, a Phylon midsole and podular tooling, making it one of the most comfortable Air Jordans in the series. A carbon fiber midfoot shank and asymmetrical collar were also featured on the XIII.