The Nike Air Jordan 3 Black Cat … This shoe frightened me when it first came out in 1988. It looked like it had arrived from outer space, which made it absolutely the perfect shoe for Jordan to wear when he was just beginning to dominate the NBA. His game was threatening. These shoes were so sleek, so — it must be said — fierce, that a kid knew that he needed to step up his game in order to be worthy of them. I'm currently totally riveted by the extensive Air Jordan documentation and commentary on the web. For instance, here's a killer 8‑minute video profile of Tinker Hatfield, the genius behind the Jordan line. Nobody in the world can cover my main man, Michael Jordan … Impossible! Impossible! Impossible! Imposs-!