The popular, comedic, and sensational hit series of the 90s, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” featured Will Smith who claims to have once begged Michael Jorden to allow his character to wear his shoes.
Smith always aimed for the “Fresh Prince” to have the best kicks on the show, especially because culture and style became vastly ideal as a part of the 90s and the series. A memorable moment that fans and sneakerheads reflect back on is Will either wearing the most popular or newest Jordans.
Smith grew fond of always wearing the latest shoe and decided to reach out to none other than Michael Jordan himself, according to Basketball Network. Unfortunately, MJ said no.
Featured in an interview from ShowTime’s, All The Smoke, Smith says, “I was living the culture. I was literally calling Jordan like ‘Mike, please, please don’t give them to nobody. Let me be the first person, I gotta be the first person to wear it’. And he was like ‘Man, I don’t run that’.”
To show how adamite Smith has become to be a part of Jordan’s brand he showcases not one pair of Jordan’s but two!
In the pilot episode, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is wearing Air Jorden 5 Metallic Retro and in the season finale, he is wearing the Air Jordan 11 Columbia.
The “Fresh Prince” Collaboration
Seeing how inflexible Smith is set off to be a part of Jordan’s brand exemplifies his dedication and they bring him on board. Smith previously said during this time he was unaware of Nike releasing a variety of colorways solely under his character name; “Fresh Prince.”
In 2013, the spotlight focuses on the “Grape” colorway without laces following a second pair dropping, and lastly, a final pair dropped in 2020.
Throughout the memorable series, the “Fresh Prince” celebrated the collaboration by wearing over thirty pairs of Air Jordan’s.
Written by: Abbi-Rae De La Rosa| Twitter @justabbi_