It's a slam dunk for Nike with Michael Jordan gear on show

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 February, 2008, 12:00am

He's retired now, but lots of folk still want to be like Mike. That's basketball icon Michael Jordan. Nike has just put out the 23rd edition of the former No23's Air Jordan shoes, and decided a shoe exhibition and party were in order at the swoosh label's Silvercord megastore. An all-star list of hipsters checked in on Friday to check out some 230 pairs of special editions and rare MJ-autographed sneakers and jerseys.

Some folk were obviously b-ball fans, like Shawn Yue Man-lok, Pakho Chau Pak-ho and former Taiwanese national team player-turned-TV host Blackie Chen Chien-chou. 'I have more than a thousand pairs of basketball shoes at home, and all my classic Air Jordans are on display here,' Chen said proudly. 'If I hadn't hurt my knee, I would've definitely been a basketball player instead of being in showbiz. Honestly, I'd rather be a 'baller than an artist.'

Other less in-the-hoops partygoers were merely there for the party. 'Nope, I don't have a single pair of Air Jordans,' said singer Stephanie Cheng Yung. 'What drew me here today was, umm, because of the brand, and this collection. I do wear basketball shoes when I dance because it better protects the ankles, and I wear them to match different outfits.' The exhibition continues until March 2.