Michael Jordan: Sneaker Artist Creates ‘Crying Face’ Air Jordans — Is Nike Air On Board With The Design?

Knowing the Internet, it was only a matter of time before someone actually customized a pair of Air Jordans to have Michael Jordan’s signature crying face stitched into the fabric of the sneaker.

In case you don’t Know Your Meme, the Michael Jordan crying face meme is a photoshopped cut out of the NBA hall of famer, Michael Jordan, crying during his induction speech in 2009.

The internet had a field day with Jordan’s moment of vulnerability as he spoke emotionally about his upbringing and basketball career.

Watch Where “Crying Face” Jordan Originated Below

On November 7, 2014, a member of the Coli Forums submitted a post featuring various Michael Jordan crying samples according to Know Your Meme.

From there, the crying face image was passed on throughout image sites like Tumblr and thus spread like wildfire.

Then, before you knew it, every athlete or person who’s ever failed horribly or “taken an L” at something has their losses checked with the Michael Jordan crying face.

And now the Michael Jordan crying face meme has been truly made official by being emblazoned on a pair of Air Jordans.

According to FootWearNews,two Air Jordan fans were behind the customization of the pair of Air Jordan VIIIs with the infamous Michael Jordan crying face meme.

The sneakers succeed at delivering the authentic look of a profusely crying Michael Jordan intricately stitched directly into the fabric of the tongue and insoles.

More designs can eventually be found on the creator’s (Sherman Winfield and Andrew Weiss) website, Crying Kicks, for the Air Jordan: Crying Kick Edition.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Michael Jordan himself is even aware of the meme and is apparently okay with it.

Senior vice president of JumpDC and Jordan’s spokesperson, Estee Portnoy confirmed that “His Airness” first caught wind of the viral meme in an email.

Portnoy said this of the MJ crying face meme.

“I don’t recall when we first started noticing it — everything explodes so quickly on the Internet, and suddenly it was everywhere. Everyone seems to be having fun with the meme, and it just keeps going. We haven’t seen anyone using it to promote their commercial interests, which is something that we’re monitoring.”

Even Jordan’s sons recently admitted that “Crying Jordan” shows no signs of slowing down.


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“Lately we have had a lot of requests from media to comment or respond, but Michael is not on social media,” Portnoy said. Therefore, Jordan has not commented via social media himself as he is reportedly not engaged with it.

There are no reports if Michael Jordan or members of his camp are aware of the crying face Air Jordan’s. The design is presented as an art project by the shoe’s creators, which shouldn’t violate any copyright issues if they never go for sale.

What do you think? Would you wear a brand new pair of “Crying Face” Air Jordan’s? Which meme should be made into a pair of sneakers next?

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