The Air Jordan 17 was the first launch in the Air Jordan family after Michael Jordan was back to the NBA court—this time for the Washington Wizards.
Wilson Smith, the successor of Hatfield and person who made Jordan 16s a huge success even without a walk through the NBA court, took charge of designing this model too. For this design, he was inspired by, “The fine details from an Aston Martin, the smooth lines and flow of a jazz solo and the long Air Jordan history of innovations in style.”
To turn his inspiration into reality, Smith used a reinforced midsole to serve as the backbone of the shoes. Did it work?
It worked better than anything else. The reinforced midsole became an instant and lasting success. It became so popular that they retained it even in the Air Jordan 18.