On February 17, 2001, the Air Jordan 16 was released to celebrate another milestone in Michael Jordan’s life as the President and part owner of the Washington Wizards. Designer Wilson Smith III’s original AJ 16 is mid-top basketball model that can easily be converted to a formal footwear in one swift tug.
To make another statement, a low-top version was released on September 29, 2001. The low-top Jordan basketball sneakers boasts a midsole with a unique design combination of forefoot Zoom Air unit and exposed heel Air cushioning. To support multidirectional footwork, the outsole features herringbone pods on top of a translucent rubber. The signature shoe becomes a low-top when the ankle collar is folded and fastened on place with its magnetic button.
Cushion. The Air Jordan 16 Low carries a Phylon midsole with a Zoom unit at the forefoot and bare Air cushioning units at the heel. The Air units are EVA moldings that contain air-blown parisons. The shoe is stabilized by a carbon fiber at the midfoot.
Traction. The Air Jordan XVI Low has a unique traction pattern. Herringbone pods are placed on the forefoot and the heel of the shoe’s translucent rubber outsole, providing magnificent grips on the court. The lateral area has black rubber nubs that according to many wearers deliver great court grip as long as it is kept clean.
Length and Width. The Air Jordan 16 Low has a squared toe for a greater purpose than just making it look more formal. The squared toe benefits those with wide feet and gives enough wiggle room for those with normal and narrow feet. Therefore, wide-footers can opt for their true Jordan sizes. Those with narrow to normal-sized feet can go half a size down. Of course, it is still wise to fit the shoe first before purchasing.
Lockdown. As long as the right size is chosen, lockdown and fit will not be a problem with the Air Jordan 16 Low. These Jordan basketball shoes do not veer away from the traditional Jordan speed lacing system. It also has an inner cleatie so the foot is securely contained.
The Jordan brand is known for handcrafting Air Jordan shoes using original leather. The Air Jordan 16 Low has a nicely crafted and wrinkled genuine leather for its upper. On other colorways, such as the Stealth, and White/Black, the upper is part suede.
The Jordan brand manufactures shoes not only for basketball but also for fashion and casual use. Unclipping the magnetic button and lifting the folded ankle collar reveal the secondary mid-top look of the Air Jordan 16 Low. The lateral midsole has the word ‘jordan’ in abstract digital calculator font.
Air Jordan XVI Low Black/Black-Metallic Silver
The most formal of all the AJ 16 colorways is the Black/Black-Metallic Silver. These Jordan kicks really look great with formal pants and long sleeves, producing a rockstar CEO vibe.
Air Jordan XVI Low Black/Gym Red-Stealth
The Air Jordan 16 Low Black/Gym Red-Stealth is an unreleased colorway that was supposedly for the take-back in 2013. The detailing on these black basketball kicks of course features the color of the Chicago Bulls.
Air Jordan XVI Low White/Black
One of the rarest Air Jordan 16 Lows, the Low White/Black colorway of these lace-up basketball shoes are made of perforated white suede. It has a black tongue and inner cleatie.
Air Jordan XVI Low White/Varsity Red
An unreleased 2013 sample, the AJ 16 Low White/Varsity Red makes it to the top of the watch-out lists of sneaker fanatics who were on the lookout for surprise releases.
Air Jordan XVI Low “Stealth”
There is really nothing special with the Stealth colorway except for the fact that it is unreleased. Wrinkled dark grey overlays cover portions of the metallic silver upper. The tongue and the inner cleatie is made of mesh for a cool fit. These were up for grabs anonymously, though there were rumors that they were actually released in 2013 or 2014.