Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 12 ‘Taxi’ December 1996

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 12 ‘Taxi’ December 1996

words // Brandon Richard

History will repeat itself this weekend, when the ‘Taxi’ Air Jordan 12 makes its highly anticipated return. Seventeen years ago, sneakerheads also had the opportunity to grab the classic for the holidays, when it graced our December 1996 catalog.

Today’s Eastbay Memory Lane focuses on Page 3, which the ‘Taxi’ 12 shared with Charles Barkley’s Air CB 34 and various Air Flight models. You’ll mainly recognize the Air Zoom Flight, one of the shoes Penny Hardaway wore prior to having his own signature line.

Did you own the original ‘Taxi’ 12 in 96-97? After seeing the incredible Frozen Moment commercial, there was no way I wasn’t getting a pair. They were mostly sold out in my area, but I managed to find them in a size and a half too large. No problem — stuffed socks in the toebox and the rest is history. I definitely don’t recommend doing that now, though.

Share your stories about these classics Jordan shoes with us below.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 12 'Taxi' December 1996

Air Jordan 12 Retro ‘Taxi’

Air Jordan 12 Retro ‘Taxi’

Air Jordan 12 Retro 'Taxi' (5)

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For the first time in five years, you’ll be able to get your hands on the classic ‘Taxi’ Air Jordan 12.

Originally released in November 1996, the ‘Taxi’ 12 was the launch colorway worn by Michael Jordan to start the Bulls’ championship 96-97 season. With a classic commercial to boot, it became one of the most popular shoes in the entire Air Jordan line.

The shoe features a white tumbled leather upper with sun ray-inspired stitching and black textured leather overlays along the sides. Gold works the upper eyelets, while taxi yellow and red share various details on the sole.

These classic Jordan shoes will be released here this Saturday, December 14 for $170 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

Air Jordan 12 Retro 'Taxi' (1)

Air Jordan 12 Retro 'Taxi' (2)

Air Jordan 12 Retro 'Taxi' (4)

Air Jordan 12 Retro 'Taxi' (5)

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Air Jordan Retro 12 “Playoffs” Apparel

Air Jordan Retro 12 “Playoffs” Apparel

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This Saturday marks the return of one of the most popular Jordan Retro shoes of all-time, the “Playoff” 12. To get you ready for the big release, a variety of Playoff-inspired Jordan accessories and clothing is currently available to purchase. The Jordan Retro 12 Character T-Shirt brings the classic sneaker to life, while the Rays polo, tank and shorts all feature the iconic sun ray pattern created by the use of stitching on the shoe. Quarter-length socks are highlighted by the woven Air Jordan 12 Jumpman label and the Hydro V Premier allows you show off the classic style in the comfort of your own home.

Grab your new “Playoff” Jordan gear over at Eastbay today.

Jordan Retro 12 Character T-Shirt – White/Black

Air Jordan Retro 12 Character T-Shirt - Playoffs

Jordan Retro 12 Rays Polo – Black/White

Jordan Retro 12 Rays Polo Black White - Playoffs

Jordan Retro 12 Rays Tank – Black/White

Jordan Retro 12 Rays Tank Black White – Playoffs

Jordan Retro 12 Rays Short – Black/White

Jordan Retro 12 Rays Short Black White – Playoffs

Jordan Retro 12 High Quarter Sock – Black/Cool Grey

Jordan Retro 12 High Quarter Sock Black Cool Grey – Playoffs

Jordan Hydro V Premier – Black/Varsity Red-White

Jordan Hydro V Premier Black Varsity Red White Playoffs