No one knows if architect turned sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield ever intended for his product to be in movies, but when Bugs Bunny called on the services of Michael Jordan, that is exactly what happened. For those that are out of the loop, I am talking about the one movie all sneakerholics know about, “Space Jam”. What most people dismiss as a movie for kids, the sneaker community treats like “Gone With The Wind”. Why you ask? Well look no further than the shoes Michael Jordan was wearing during the final basketball game, the Air Jordan 11 ‘Space Jam”. Most recently released as a retro in 2009, the model made a return in a different form in 2011.
Nike SB Dunk Low “Space Jam” uploaded by rafaelschorr
Complete with the patent leather upper and translucent outsole, the Nike SB Dunk Low “Space Jam” received immediate interest as soon as it hit the blogs in leaked images. With rumors of Jordan Brand and Nike SB mash-ups at an all-time high, one could almost hear the collective sigh when there was some actual visual evidence for this release. Black patent leather dressed the upper from the toe to the heel, leaving cordura mesh quarter panels and a mesh tongue as the only non-glossy areas of the shoe. Royal blue branding dresses the tongue and the heel, mirror the limited royal blue on the Air Jordan 11, while a white midsole trailed off into a translucent outsole.
Despite its popularity in the sneaker community, the “Space Jam” version on the Dunk Low wasn’t exactly the type of shoe the SB community would embrace from a functional stand point. For starters, the sneaker featured a patent leather upper, a material that would be instantly ruined should anyone actually skate in the shoe. Despite this small “inconvenience”, the blending of the Jordan Brand and Nike SB was enough to make this one of the most coveted branded releases of 2011. Like most big releases, the model was stricken with rumored release dates, but actual made its debut in May as a Quickstrike and selling out almost instantly. Seems the only thing missing from this release was a Jumpman logo.