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The Air Jordan 13 Retro “Wheat”

The Air Jordan 13 is returning to Shoe Palace stores and the Shoe Palace website this November 21.


The Air Jordan 13 “Wheat” last released in 2004. It is returning for Holiday Season 2023. The 13 features white leather, wheat suede overlays on the mudguards, heels, ankles, and midsole. There are also matching wheat Jumpman logos on the tongues. There is the standard signature cat eye hologram on the ankles, and a wheat rubber outsole.


Michael Jordan played the game of basketball like a panther in the mind of designer, Tinker Hatfield. MJ’s close friends also referred to him as the “Black Cat.” Jordan would read his opponents and then strike like a panther. The cat and panther inspiration are a big part of the Air Jordan 13’s design.

The Design Of The 13

The sole of the Air Jordan 13 has a strong resemblance to a panther’s paw. Near the heel of the 13 is a circle hologram. Five models of the 13 were originally released between 1997 and 1998. Two low models were additionally released. The Air Jordan 13 would first be made available as a retro in 2004-2005.

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Last Dance

The Air Jordan 13 is the last shoe MJ wore for a complete season with the Chicago Bulls. He would wear the 14 briefly in the NBA Finals and would later return to play for the Washington Wizards, but the 13 was the last shoe he would lace up for a season with the Bulls. In many ways, the 13 represents the end of an era.

The Impact

The 13’s cultural relevance was cemented by its appearance in Spike Lee’s He Got Game. The iconic film starred Denzel Washington and Ray Allen. Washington’s character has a memorable scene where he purchases the sneaker and then wears it for most of the film. Many consider the Air Jordan 1-13 to be the ones that are most vital to the line, largely because of MJ’s career protectory. The 13 holds a special place in the franchise’s singular legacy.

Shoe Palace

Find the Air Jordan 13 Retro “Wheat” on November 21.


Men's SKU: 414571-171

Grade school SKU: DJ3003-171

Preschool SKU: DJ3005-171

Infant Toddler SKU: DJ3004-171


- Adam C. Better