How Michael Jordan’s Ferrari Inspired His 1998 NBA Championship Winning Shoes

Published 10/15/2021, 11:05 PM EDT
Michael Jordan (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)


The ultimate goal of any NBA player is winning as many championships as they can in their career. Not all achieve that goal. While some go on to win multiple championships and take the title of winners. Michael Jordan did exactly that, as he won six NBA championships in his career. However, his last one was the most iconic, and he had the right fit for the occasion.

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In 1988, the Chicago Bulls were on top of their games as usual. However, it was their last year together as a unit. To mark the end of the dynasty, what better way than to win a title. So the Bulls met the Utah Jazz chasing their second three-peat. Likewise, Michael Jordan had to go all-in to make a point once again.

Michael Johnson #23, shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls prepares to make a shot during a Central Division game in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 1988 – 1989 season at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Allsport/Getty Images)

While his performances were flawless, another thing that came up were his shoes. Notably, the Air Jordan 14 inspired by his Ferrari.

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Ferrari takes Michael Jordan to an NBA championship

During the NBA finals series, Jordan first wore the Air Jordan 13. However, he soon came out with a show no one had ever seen before. Despite Tinker Hatfield telling him to not put on those shoes, MJ just did not care. Hence, in game three, Jordan put on a prototype of his upcoming shoe inspired by his Ferrari 55o Maranello.

Jordan wore the prototype for the Air Jordan 14’s that were yet to come out. The design took inspiration from his own Ferrari and he went all out with them. He averaged 33.5 points and went on to win the Finals MVP as well. The shoe took a cool twist on the Ferrari logo. The shoe had his jumpman logo turned into the Ferrari logo.

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Moreover, even the layout of his shoe came from the Ferrari itself. Much of its body took inspiration from the car’s silhouette and body. Also, the leather stitching on the shoe was taken from the seat pattern of the Ferrari. All in all, it was an iconic shoe for one of the most iconic moments in sports history.

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In true Jordan fashion, he hit the game winner in the series clincher of that series. His shot is still relived after so many years and remains to be one of his best moments. With his confidence to introduce these shoes on the biggest stage, they became a success. The Bulls later disbanded and their dynasty officially came to an end.

 

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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