The number 23 was Michael Jordan's number for most of his career and now 2008 marks the 23rd year of the production of the Air Jordan line. Jordan Brand. Starting at the toe, the toe cap has Air Jordan 23's signature embossed. The side of the shoe features a stitched pattern that gives the shoes strength in addition to cosmetic effect. The tongue of the left and right are different for a first time with a jumpman logo on the right shoe and the number "23" embedded on the left shoe. Nike Air Jordan 23 also features a glittery glossy panel that covers the midsole body of the sneaker. This was the first Air Jordan that was engineered to not use any glue. The Air Jordan 23 Shoe is one of the most complex and complicated shoes of its time and much research and development went into the shoe to find the perfect look and feel.