College basketball always felt like a stepping stone to prove athletes had what it took to get drafted into the NBA. That was the case until the Fab 5 put the world on notice and changed the game as we know it today. Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Juwan Howard, and Ray Jackson were all rookies when coach Fisher decided to start them as a line-up. This risky decision made history and created a phenomenon that put the University of Michigan on the map.
The Fab 5 spearheaded the popularity of hip-hop culture being represented on the court. These players wore bald heads, tattoos, earrings, baggy uniforms, and icon black socks (which all were controversial things to do at the time). Along with bringing the street ball to a collegiate platform, they also brought awareness to student rights in the form of silent protesting. With the release of the Retro Air Jordan 12 ”Michigan” dropping, it is clear that sneaker heads are getting a blast from the past.
Brand Jordan spared no expense by making them the majority of the shoe nubuck, which is a pretty fancy fabric choice for a sneaker. Both Air Jordan and the University of Michigan is equally presented on the shoe. A muted Jumpman is outlined on the left tongue, while the bold M stands out on the right tongue. Wolverine pride is in full effect with Navy Blue dominating the colorway, with Amarillo accents in the Jumpman tag, shoelace coils, pull tabs, padding, and bottom sole.