The Olympic Games were never the same since the 1992 Dream Team took the world by storm. The team was lead in part by Michael Jordan. So as we approach this year’s Summer Olympics, Jordan Brand brings out something from the archives of Jordan lore. 1992’s Air Jordan VII is emblematic of this truth. Jordan won his third MVP award, took his second title and claimed a second gold medal in the shoe. With its design, Tinker Hatfield initiated some firsts: removing the Nike Air branding visible on the previous six Jordan models and adding a neoprene Huarache bootie for support. Hatfield also sought to add a new, more international flare to the line through the incorporation of a fresh geometric pattern inspired by a poster for the long-running Afropop Worldwide radio program.

“This one was in the works for a while,” says Hatfield of the patriotic basketball version of the Air Jordan VII. “I did one that was more white based and one that was much more contrasted. My recollection is that MJ thought the contrasted one was really cool. Ultimately, I left it up to him.”

Jordan selected the white-based version. The alternate was relegated to the archives until now. The Air Jordan VII Retro “Tinker Alternate” will be available in full family sizing on August 6. Stay tuned to Nike News and @Jumpman23 on Instagram and Twitter for more information on Jordan Brand product launches.

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