Air Jordan 12 Fiba – Paying Homage To The FIBA Competition

(Updated 8/23/2019)

Name Of Sneaker: Air Jordan 12 FIBA

Best Place To Purchase: Ebay.com

Price Range: $179.90-$300.00

Available Sizes: Grade School, Men

Hey what’s up sneaker heads all the world! The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will be taking place this year, and will be the 18th tournament for men’s national basketball teams. It will be hosted in China from August the 31st to September the 15th, and consist of 32 qualified teams from 4 confederations (Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and Americas).

The Jordan Brand has released a colorway of the Air Jordan 12 that pays homage to FIBA. The Air Jordan 12 FIBA has dropped today, and the 12s are beloved in any colorway new or old. If you love the game, then you will love the sneakers. You can make your purchase now.

Who Is Michael Jordan?

Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player who has played for 15 seasons in NBA for the Chicago Bulls, and the Washington Wizards. During his time at the University of North Carolina in 1982, he played basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and was drafted for the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He was able to entertain the crowd with his prolific scoring, defensive plays, and his ability to perform slam dunks from the free throw line at the slam dunk contests, which has earned him the nicknames: Air Jordan and His Airness.

He has won his first NBA Championship with the Bulls in 1991, and also winning again in 1992 and 1993 (three-peat). During the 1993-1994 NBA season, MJ has retired from basketball in order to pursue a minor career in baseball. In March 1995, MJ has announced his return to the NBA, and has led the Bulls to three additional championships during 1996-1998. In 1999, MJ retired from the NBA for the second time, but return again to play for the Washington Wizards during 2001-2003. Currently, MJ is the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.

MJ has numerous career highlights and awards:

  • 6 times NBA champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 6 times NBA Finals MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 5 times NBA MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
  • 14 times All-Star (1985-1993, 1996-1998, 2002, 2003)
  • 3 times NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
  • 10 times All-NBA First Team (1987-1993, 1996, 1998)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1985)
  • NBA Defensive Player Of The Year (1988)
  • 9 times NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988-1993, 1996-1998)
  • NBA Rookie Of The Year (1985)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
  • 10 times NBA Scoring Championship (1987-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 3 times NBA Steals Leaders (1988, 1990, 1993)
  • 2 times NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion (1987, 1988)
  • 3 times AP Athlete Of The Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 2 times USA Basketball Male Athlete Of The Year (1983, 1984)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year (1991)
  • NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-time Team
  • NCAA Champion (1982)
  • Consensus National College Player Of The Year (1984)
  • ACC Player Of The Year (1984)
  • ACC Rookie Of The Year (1982)
  • 2 times Consensus First-Team All-American (1983, 1984)
  • 2 times First-Team All-ACC (1983, 1984)
  • No. 23 Retired by Chicago Bulls
  • N0. 23 Retired by Miami Heat
  • No. 23 Retired by the University Of North Carolina

History Of The Air Jordan Brand

In 1984, Nike was a struggling shoe company looking for ways to appeal to a new segment of the shoe market, and to reinvent themselves. Nike has turned to rookie Michael Jordan to order to make an endorsement deal, but MJ showed no interest at all. MJ had plans to sign a deal with either Adidas or Converse; he loved the brands, and in North Carolina, these were the shoes that wore to play basketball in. Unfortunately, both of the brands rejected him.

Nike was offering to create a brand new line of shoes called Air Jordan, and MJ’s old agent, David Falk, saw this as a wonderful opportunity. MJ flew to the Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, after being convinced by his parents , and his agent. During his visit, Nike has shown him a special video presentation of his college career highlights, plus his high-flying Olympics moves with Pointer Sister’s “Jump” playing in the background. Peter Moore, Nike’s Old Head Designer, also shown MJ sketches of the Air Jordan 1, and apparel to go with it. It was featured in Black and Red, and MJ was very interested with these designs. He has stated: “I can’t wear these shoes, those are devil colors”.

MJ has decided to finally make a deal with Nike, and has signed a 5-year deal that was worth $2.5 million. MJ has fueled the success of Nike, and the Air Jordan Brand is still popular today.

The Air Jordan 12 History

The Air Jordan 12 was introduced back in 1996, designed by Tinker Hatfield. This sneaker was inspired by the Japanese Rising Sun, featuring flowing lines reminiscent of the sending out its morning rays. Did you know that the Air Jordan 12 got started with a woman’s fashion shoe known as “Nisshoki”, a shoe from the 19th century??? This was because Michael Jordan is big on fashion.

Also, if you look closely at the sneaker’s tongue, you will notice “TWO3” written down the tongue. MJ came up with a new and different idea for his number 23, so it has got a different look on the sneaker. Michael Jordan, despite suffering from the flu, has worn these in a game against the Utah Jazz, scoring 38 points.

This was also the first Jordan to utilize Zoom Air Technology for lightweight cushioning and lightning quick responsiveness. It also includes a modified herringbone pattern for improved traction.  The original retail price for the Air Jordan 12 was $135.00.

Features Of The Shoe

The leather upper of the shoe is dressed in white. You can also notice the FIBA embossed pattern on the forefoot panel. Additionally, hits of red can be found on the Jordan branding, mudguard, inner liner, outsole, and heel tab of the shoe. Metallic gold is also applied to the branded side panels and eyelets located on the upper. Finally, Chinese letters have been placed on the heel tab.

Release Date

Looking forward to adding these to the sneaker collection??? Since the FIBA tournament is happening soon, you might want to cop them to show your love for the game. These have dropped today, so GO AND COP A PAIR NOW!

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The Pros And Cons


  1. Good Traction
  2. Cool Colors
  3. Runs True To Size
  4. Comfortable
  5. Good Ankle Support


  1. Gets Dirty Fast
  2. Creases Easily

Video Of The Sneaker



These are dope sneakers indeed. You will definitely want to cop a pair if you are fortunate enough to fit these. What are your thoughts on these??? Leave your comments and questions in the comment section, and I will more than happy to assist you. Also, make sure to subscribe to my site for more content on sneakers.

As always, stay tuned as The Latest Sneakers will keep you posted.

Thanks For Reading!!!

Ahmad Ballard


  1. Hi Ahmad. Even in Australia  we know all about Michael Jordan. What an amazing champion basketball player he was. I know that we will be sending a team to represent Australia in the FIBA competition.

    I was checking out your site because my 18 year old grandson has become a basketball fanatic. I think he takes after his Pop, as I played the game at state level for many years. In any case, he has been working hard to help support his parents, who have gone through a rough patch, and still found time to work hard on his favorite sport. We have decide to reward him with a pair of The air Jordan 12 Fiba sneakers. I know he will be absolutely blown away by these. Thank you for your wonderful blog. Jim

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  2. This is the most beautiful sneakers I’ve seen in a long time. My son is a big NBA and for the past two years saves and buy the latest Air Jordan for himself. I love  the colors off this sneaker and the touch of gold there just make s it super cool. I don’t really mind wht he cost may be I’m getting this shoe for my son. Thanks for sharing and I must confess I have learned some history here as well. 

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  3. Thank you for this article. I have been looking forward to the Air Jordan 12 Fiba. I never heard of that nickname, His Airness. That is pretty cool. His jumps from the free throw line always amazed me. I think the colors look great and the Zoom Air Technology will feel great when I am playing basketball. Thank you!

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  4. Excellent review of the Air Jordan 12fiba. Wow! Good to know the air Jordan series is releasing another pair for the FIBA tournament forthcoming. To be honest, this is an awesome sneakers and I really love the sleekness and the appearance. It looks very elegant and it would surely feel nice to have this on. The pricing is a little bit steep though but considering the popularity of the air Jordan series, quality is assured. So, I think I’m going to cop a pair of this. Great review

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  5. Well, I’ll be. My son would die for those sneakers. I wouldn’t mind having a pair, myself. Well out of our price range, but so would anything be with the patronage of Michael Jordan. Anyway, they sound perfect for basketball shoes or running around on the blacktop. They’d definitely get grass-stained here. For anyone who has dirty white shoes, you might want to try rubbing dirty spots thoroughly with white toothpaste on a toothbrush. Works wonders. If those shoes should ever become available in black and gold …

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  6. Awesome article.  I love the look of the Air Jordan Fiba 12; but what I really like d about your article is you didn’t just go right into the selling, you gave us history of MJ’s success and how he became associated with NIKE and the air jordan line.  One question I have is do they come in size 8?  Or these sneakers only for bigger feet?  If so do you have a suggestion of a similar air jordan sneaker in a size 8?

    I am a huge fan of Michael Jordan and love the look of the air jordans; so if you know of any that are in a size 8 would appreciate any assistance. Thank you again for this informative article and not just going on about the sale but for also telling a story.

    Robert Warneck

    • Hello Robert, thanks for the comment. Yes, they are available in size 8. Men’s sizing can range from size 7 to 14 or higher so you are good.

  7. Air Jordan 12 FIBA – Paying Homage to The FIBA Competition. This is a great brand name. The shoes are being sold for around 180 dollars And has almost got all available size from grade school to men. The name Jordan is a Basketball icon with one of the best if not the best record of achievement in basketball sports. With the person, himself is a story of human grit and spirit of excellence and possibilities. Jordan has one of the highest jump and speed which the shoes represent. The shoe design is sterlingly exquisite and producers of iconic collectors shoe .uniques. A true tribute for both the man Jordan and the sports under the leadership of FIBA. Fiba will be held in Chine for 2 weeks from the end of August till the 15th of September. The shoes should be expected of the runaway favorite use of players. Without any wonder, the quality is the exception it is made under Nike an icon in quality and authentic product of collectors sporting shoes by sports aficionados.

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  8. Wow, I like this one. I’m not so used to wearing white because they get dirty fast but I’m willing to take a risk to buy this awesome one. I have a number of air Jordan shoes at home but this one looks unique. The air Jordan 12 FIBA is a must buy for me right now. Thanks

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  9. Amazing. This is a really amazing review up here. I have heard about air Jordan but i never knew about this great history and reputation. This is a really educative post that has not just put us across the line of history,but has fed us in the right way. The air Jordan sneaker has always been my best of all kinds of shoes. The wonderful details in this sneakers us mind blowing and I can’t help but get this sneaker in paying further homage to the FIBA competition.

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  10. That is really dope!

    Thanks Ahmad for the brief history on Michael Jordan there. Quite educative. Every successful person sure has a story to tell. Those sneakers are really cool. I watched the video review of the Air Jordan 12 Fiba. Really cool. Would love to get one myself. It’s quite on the high side, but i really believe it’s so worth it.

    Nice work!

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  11. Hi Ahmad

    Michael Jordon is the most respected basketball player. When I was younger, everyone was amazed by his skills. 

    Though I longer play competitive basketball, the sneaker you recommended sounds really interesting, especially the picture that shows the Chinese character or is it Japanese?

    I love the you tube review as well. It seems to provide a balance review.

    Thank you.

    Warmest Regards

    Marc Ho

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  12. My admiration of Michael Jordan seems like forever. Perhaps, because he was the best basketball player when I was just a kid growing up, in the 90’s. And this made me love anything that’s related to him including Air Jordan sneakers. What’s $135 if it will make you feel high? For me, it’s worth the investment. I don’t care about the price. Good buy for me.

  13. Yeah, it’s hard to deny! These ones look absolutely amazing. I’m really enjoying that white coupled with red inside and gold metallic features. Just Awesome. <3

    That said, I totally agree that these will for sure get dirty fast. Especially if one plans on playing on all kinds of flooring (or should I say without flooring). But I’m big on that Zoom Air Technology and the modified herringbone pattern.

    Do you happen to have any effective tricks up your sleeve as to how to properly clean these? Would love to know.

    Cheers, and have a Great One!


  14. As unconventional as that sounds, I guess my favorite part about these shoes is their sole. I mean, first, it just looks absolutely beautiful. Second, their incredibly functional too (as far as I can tell, based on that herringbone pattern). Other than that, I believe the pros outweigh the cons hard as I feel at the end of the day it’s more about the performance than looks. I mean, I like looks but it’s always performance>looks for me. And these seem like an amazing choice when it comes to that performance.

    Thank you, Ahmad, for all the insights, I appreciate it!

    Have an Amazing Day! Rasa

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