The Air Jordan VII seems to be Hatfield's fusion of the Nike Air Huarache and the previous Jordan model, the Jordan VI. The Nike Huarache technology was used to create a locked-down fit which sneakerheads really loved, but the visible Air-Sole and the Nike Air logo disappeared, creating joy for some and consternation for others. This is the only shoe in the Jordan shoe line that has been released with the number 9 instead of the number 23. The number 9 was his Olympic jersey number and this model, featuring Olympic colors and jersey number, was a special edition. The Air Jordan VII was met with strong feelings of love or hate when it first launched in 1991, and this is the first of the Air Jordans to create division among the ranks of loyal fans and customers.