Air Jordan 16 (XVI) was released in 2001. Following the success of the air jordan 15 (XV), there was no doubt that Nike/JB would continue to release Air Jordan's. Jordan 16 (XVI)s were the next shoe to hit the shelves. Jordans 16 (XVI) were designed by Nike's Senior Footwear Designer Wilson Smith. This meant it was the first design since the Air Jordan 3 (III) that Tinker Hatfield wasn't behind. Hatfield was said to have moved up and he left Smith with the hard task in creating a revolutionary new design. But what made the nike jordans 16 (XVI) unique was the brand new gaiter/shroud that covered the shoe and that could be removed to give the shoe a brand new look. Not only was this for stylish purposes, it also had a thermal functionality. The overall design was great and it's great to see a new designer put his foot forward. Hopefully we'll see Wilson Smith involved in the work with coming designs.