Air Jordan’s almost never existed due to NBA commissioner David Stern. He had threatened to fine Jordan for wearing the Air Jordan 1s since they did not meet the league's strict standards of the 51% rule. Jordan sneakers were labelled as "Notorious" because of the controversy. However, Jordan continued to wear them, and it’s popularity led to the release of the Air Jordan 2 by Nike in 1986 and the other silhouettes following. Through the years, Jordan retro sneakers have continued to strive in popularity due to a variety of designs, including the Space Jam Air Jordan 11, Air Jordan 4 Bred, and many more.