Inspired by the black panther, the Air Jordan 13 is known for its cushioning. References to the cat are seen in the form of the outsole, which resembles the pads on the panther’s paw. The sneaker also sports a hologram located at the ankle, which is said to mimic how the animal’s eye reacts in the dark. The black panther scheme fits Jordan perfectly. Teammates would call him “black cat” for all the reasons that Tinker Hatfield had in mind. Jordan would read his players and strike like a panther.