After Air Jordan 15 failed to make the start that its creators had hoped for, the future of the entire series of Air Jordan became uncertain.
Not that it wasn’t uncertain with the two models before the 16, but Air Jordan 16 came with a heightened sense of insecurity. Jordan 14s had died a premature death, sadly at the hands of Michael Jordan himself, who didn’t wear it throughout the season, and Jordan 15 couldn’t attract a large number of customers.
Now, the sense of uncertainty was on its height. Nobody believed that the series could stay alive and reproducing after Jordan’s retirement, but the Air Jordan range was too stubborn to give up.
Air Line 16 was one such stubborn attempt to stay alive. But the odds stacked against the Jordan 16 were even bigger. Now, the genius godfather of the Air Jordan J series design, Hatfield, was not there.