Michael Jordan & Serena Williams present
NikeCourt Flare #23
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Limited-edition anniversary shoe
On the occasion of her 23rd Grand Slam victory, the Australian Open winner was honoured by NBA legend Michael Jordan. Serena received an elegant white box adorning the traditional Jumpman on the left side of the lid and the “SW” logo on the right side. Below the Jumpman on the inner side the number “23” can be seen, a number equally important to both Michael Jordan and Serena, since it symbolises the bond between these two great athletes. Additionally, six words (one for each of MJ’s championships) — creative, determined, innovative, classic, performance and stylish — appear on the elegant box in a fluid, unfinished pattern as a reminder of both athletes’ winning mindset.
In the accompanying letter Michael Jordan wrote: “Winning is hard; it takes years of hard work, mental toughness and a willingness to accept the fact that you hate to lose…Congratulations, with much respect on winning No. 23. It will be a privilege to keep watching your determination on the court.”
The box contained the Tribute shoe in two colour combinations — black-red and black-pink (Serena’s favourite colour). Just like the MJ Original I (Serena’s favourite shoe), the Nike Court Flare features a distinct collar and the iconic Air Jordan Wings logo. Serena’s own logo can be found on the tongue and heel of the shoe. The number “23” also adorns the heel of the shoe.
- maximum speed thanks to its extremely light and breathable outer material
- non-slip and sock-like feel and stability thanks to the extended elastic shoe collar that replaces the tongue and surrounds the mid-foot area