The Air Jordan 12 debuted in 1996. Designer Tinker Hatfield, opted for an unusual approach for its inspiration. Hatfield mocked up the 12 after being inspired by women's fashion and the aesthetics of a women's heel and the detailed behind the Japanese Rising Sun Flag. Closer looks at the silhouette highlight key design attributes that are found in both commodities.
The Jordan 12 was also the sneaker MJ would win his fifth NBA Championship in as he led the Chicago Bulls passed the Utah Jazz in the 1996-97 NBA Finals. Notable colorways of the silhouette include the "Flu Game" Black and Red edition, the "Cherry" White and Varsity Red, the "Playoff" Black and White and the "Taxi" White and Black edition.