2015 marks the 23rd Anniversary of the . In celebration, we’re take a look at the lineage of the model.
The Air Jordan 7 originally released in 1992 and was once again designed by Tinker Hatfield. Unlike the previous four models, the 7 did away with the visible Air unit in the heel and "Nike Air" logo on the heel. They featured a Huarache-like neoprene inner bootie and colorful geometric detailing inspired by West African Tribal culture.
Five original colorways of the 7 were released, including the first Olympic-inspired version, which wore during the 1992 Summer Olympic Games as a part of the "Dream Team." This pair also featured Jordan's Olympic number "9" in place of ‘23’ on the back triangle piece.
The Air Jordan 7 Retro made its debut in 2002. It was short-lived, as only two colorways were released. One pair came in the original "Charcoal" colorway, while the other came in an all-new Retro+ style. This version, the "French Blue" edition, brought the first new colorway to the model since it was originally released and also featured a new leather tongue.
The 7 Retro returned two years later 2004. This one-off release release saw the the original "Olympic" colorway come back for the first time. In 2006, the 7 Retro would finally get a full run, with six colorways releasing. The run started off with two "LS" editions, followed by the return of the original "Cardinal" colorway and an all-new women’s exclusive.
In 2008, the original "Hare" colorway returned as a part of the Jordan 16/7 Collezione "Countdown" Pack. Also releasing that year was a limited "Olympic Celebration" colorway inspired by Joan Miro, a famous Spanish painter.
The following year saw the the 7 release in two colorways for the second "DMP" of the year. Made to commemorate Michael Jordan’s 60+ point game against the Orlando Magic in 1993, the pack included the OG ‘Charcoal’ colorway representing the Bulls, along with a new white, royal and black colorway for the Magic.
For the World Basketball Festival in 2010, Jordan Brand brought back the "Olympic: Air Jordan 7 Retro for the second time. This time, they featured a gold heart-shaped "For The Love Of The Game" logo embroidered on the heels. Also released in 2010 was an all-new Premio colorway, which was the third release from Jordan Brand’s "Bin23" Collection.