Granted, today, we live in a world of sites like WTFisMikeWearing. But don’t let the legend himself making questionable fashion choices every now and then fool you! During his playing days, Mike made the cover of GQ several times. In the same way that his time as a Wizards executive should not overshadow his heroics as a Chicago Bull, his post-retirement denim selection should not outweigh the fact that Jordan was hugely influential in the way people dressed.
Back in the day, dude carried the nickname Black Cat — and he earned it! Not only was his game smooth yet deadly like a panther, but Mike carried a unique swagger as well. Despite Portland missing out on him in the draft, Jordan became a trailblazer in his own right, liberating the NBA from stocktonesque short shorts, among other things.
The Black Cat colorway of the infamous Air Jordan IV pays homage to this specific facet of MJ’s persona. Its black on black concept featuring sleek nubuck elements made it an instant fan-favorite in a line that also includes heavy-hitters like the white and black cements, military blues or fire reds.