Michael Jordan’s a giant in the world of basketball — and it’s safe to say he’s also made quite a name for himself in the world of sneakers.
With Jordan’s eponymous shoes being so popular, it’s unsurprising that there’s also a lot of interest in his shoe size. Read on for the star’s shoe size as well as other information regarding his basketball career as well as his success in the sneaker space.
What is Michael Jordan’s shoe size?
While playing in the NBA, the 6-foot-6 star typically wore mismatched sneakers. The hoops legend usually wore a size 13 shoe on his left foot, with a slightly larger size 13.5 shoe on the right. Although a size 13 shoe is larger than average — the average American man wears a size 10.5 — it’s not so surprising given Jordan’s stature. The athlete measures 6-foot-6 and weighed around 215 pounds during his career in the NBA.
What accolades has Michael Jordan received?
Jordan is one of the most-decorated athletes in history, and earned plenty of top honors throughout his time in the NBA, including five NBA MVPs, six NBA championship wins and six NBA Finals MVP awards. Below, FN rounds up all of the star’s accolades by year.
- 6-time NBA champion (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
- 6-time NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
- 5-time NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
- 2-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1987, 1988)
- 14-time NBA All-Star (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002, 2003)
- 3-time NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
- 10-time All-NBA First Team (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
- 9-time NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988–1993, 1996–1998)
- 10-time NBA scoring champion (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
- 3-time NBA steals leader (1988, 1990, 1993)
- All-NBA Second Team (1985)
- NBA Rookie of the Year (1985)
- NBA All-Rookie Team (1985)
- NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)
What is Michael Jordan’s net worth?
In addition to his many accolades on the court, Jordan is the world’s richest athlete — and for that, he mostly has his shoe empire to thank. According to Forbes, the baller has an estimated net worth of about $2.1 billion. He raked in $94 million in salary throughout his NBA career, adding an additional $1.7 billion in pre-tax earnings through endorsements from brands such as Wheaties, Gatorade, McDonald’s, Hanes and more.
Nike has always been the richest of Jordan’s endorsements. As a rookie in 1984, the Chicago Bulls great inked a five-year contract with the brand worth $500,000 annually, plus royalties. In 2019, Jordan received about $130 million through Jordan Brand, according to Forbes — a far greater figure than the sum earned by any current NBA star.
When did the first Jordan sneaker release?
The original Air Jordans debuted in 1984, the same year Jordan, then an NBA rookie, signed a with Nike. The legendary baller’s first Nike contract was a five-year deal worth $500,000 annually. In “The Last Dance,” a 10-part docuseries that aired in spring 2020, longtime Jordan agent David Falk revealed that Nike’s expectation was that it could sell $3 million worth of Air Jordan sneakers at the fourth year of the deal. But Falk noted that they blew way past expectations, saying: “In year one we sold $126 million.”
While it’s hard today to picture Jordan wearing anything but Nike, it was revealed in “The Last Dance” that Jordan was didn’t want to sign with the Swoosh at first. In fact, Jordan had zero interest in the label because of its then-reputation as a track shoe maker. Instead, the baller had initially wanted to be an Adidas athlete. However, the company was unable to make a signature shoe work at that time. Meanwhile, Converse already had some other big-name players in the mix, such as Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, and the brand said it would not be able to put the young Jordan ahead of those stars.
What is the most expensive Jordan shoe ever sold?
While Jordan has long been considered one of the great — if not the greatest — to ever hit the hardwood, his stature has only risen due to “The Last Dance,” which has introduced the 6-time NBA champ to the younger generation. Amid the hype over the show, a pair of the original Air Jordan 1 sneakers, worn by Jordan in 1985, fetched a whopping $560,000 on the auction block — making them the most expensive sneakers ever sold. In addition, “The Last Dance” led to increased sales of Jordan sneakers on the resale market for re-commerce players such as GOAT and StockX.
What number did Michael Jordan wear?
For the majority of his career, Jordan wore the number 23, including while on the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards as well as during his time playing college hoops at University of North Carolina. In 1995, when Jordan returned to the Bulls following his first retirement from basketball, the star surprised fans by hitting the court with a different number on his back: 45. The athlete said in “The Last Dance” that he changed his number following the death of his father, James Jordan Jr. However, after getting off to a slow start following his return to the NBA, Jordan made the decision to switch back to 23 not long thereafter. In addition, the star wore the number 12 for one game, on Valentine’s Day 1990. Jordan was forced to wear a different number that night after someone stole his jersey while the Bulls were on the road against the Orlando Magic.
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