When the Air Jordan VII was released, the franchise was bulletproof. The Air Jordan line was already a juggernaut in 1992. By 1992, Michael Jordan had won his first NBA championship, and he was quickly becoming the GOAT of basketball. The 7 was on the feet of the GOAT during some of his biggest career highlights. Tinker Hatfield looked to anything and everything for inspiration when it came to his designs for Nike and Jordan Brand. The Air Jordan 7 took inspiration from African tribal artwork. African art inspiration was present on the upper of the shoe, the multicolored tongue print, and the design of the outsole.