The Air Jordan Spiz'ike combines the best elements from the Jordan 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 20. It was created to commemorate Spike Lee during the Mars Blackmon Era. Released on April, 2007.
It was initially nicknamed the “retro Frankenstein”, the Air Jordan Spizikes (Spiz’ikes) had as many haters as lovers initially and probably a few more. Many anticipated that this was going to be a bust, but when word got out that the first colorway of the Air Jordan Spizikes would only be available along I-95 (as per Spike Lee’s request), the hype for these shoes boomed!
Initially, the Air Jordan Spizikes were going to be released in only the first two colorways, but after the more than warm reception to the first colorway, Jordan Brand fast tracked 5 new colorways including one that is themed after another hot Spike Lee joint, “Do The Right Thing.”
Surprisingly, there will be more colors of the Air Jordan Spizikes released than of the recent Air Jordan 3 retro re-release. Speaking of, the Air Jordan Spizikes take pieces from the following Air Jordans:
- Air Jordan 3 - sole, midsole, and “Spike”/elephant print
- Air Jordan 4 - “wings” on the sides of the shoes that hold lace loops
- Air Jordan 5 - main silhouette of the shoes, netting on the side, and lace locks
- Air Jordan 6 - tongue of shoes
- Air Jordan 9 - back tab
- Air Jordan 20 - Lasered graphics on sockliner
Spike Lee produced or appeared in commercials reciprocating to each model represented on the Air Jordan Spizikes