The Air Jordan 12 first released for the 1996-97 season worn by Michael Jordan en route to his fifth NBA Championship. This colorway, Obsidian/White-French Blue, was the only colorway not worn by Michael Jordan of the Air Jordan 12 in the 1996-97 season. The shoes were created to be the All-Star colorway for Michael Jordan, but MJ opted to wear the Playoff 12 colorway instead.
The Air Jordan 12 was inspired by the Japanese “Rising Sun” flag and was designed by legendary footwear designer, Tinker Hatfield. It was also the first model that was part of the newly formed Jordan Brand and was the first Air Jordan shoe to not feature a Nike logo anywhere on the product inside and out.
Since its original release, the “Obsidian” Air Jordan 12 has seen just one retro release and low top as well. The Obsidian 12s are another highly anticipated 2016 retro return. To stay up to date on future retro Air Jordans, be sure to visit our Jordan release dates page.