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Here is a list of the best Jordans of all time.
1. Jordan 1 Chicago
Undoubtedly the most popular and best Jordans of all time, the Air Jordan 1 Retro Chicago are a collector’s dream. Last released in 2015, this iconic silhouette has become the staple for street ballers and basketball fans. Since premiering on The Last Dance, the Chicago colourway has skyrocketed in popularity, but you can still get your hands on some.
2. Jordan 3 Black Cement
Back in 2018, the infamous Jordan 3 Retro OG ushered in a new era for the brand. It was the first time the original ‘Nike Air” branding was featured on the Black Cement since its 2001 incarnation. These iconic, elephant-print emblazoned sneakers were released on His Airness’ 55th birthday, so there’s a little celebration with every pair. Without a doubt, one of the best looking jordans money can buy.
3. Jordan 5 Fire Red
It might not look like it, but the 5 Fire Red Retro OG is one of the newest pieces in the Air Jordan portfolio. The retro design was released in early 2020 as part of the silhouette’s 30th anniversary. This variation is essentially identical to the OG pair from 1990, featuring smooth white leather construction on the upper and a fierce black midsole with Fire Red shark teeth.
4. Jordan 4 ‘Bred’ Black Cement
They say a classic never dies, and the Air Jordan 4 is one example of true longevity. The ‘Black Cement or Bred 4, comes with a red sole, black upper plus grey accents, white midsole plus black, with white and grey accents. While chunky compared to more modern designs, you can’t deny this is is one of the best looking Jordans ever created.
5. Jordan 11 Concord
Way back in 1995, Michael Jordan stepped onto the court and into sneaker history with this now iconic pair of Air Jordan XIs. At the time, the never-before-seen silhouette was groundbreaking, with its patent leather upper and translucent sole. More than 30 years on, the Concord XI is still referred to as one of the best Air Jordan shoes ever and thanks to the number 45 at the heel, also one of the biggest collector items.
6. Jordan 6 Black Infrared
INFRARED is pretty much the ultimate Air Jordan sneaker. This Jordan 6 INFRARED pair features a black upper, black midsole plus red accents, and a translucent sole.
7. Jordan 1 Retro High Pine Green
Expanding the “Black Toe” lineup, these Pine Green Retro high tops aren’t just one of the best Air Jordan sneakers ever made, they’re probably the only ones that Celtics fans can embrace. The upper of this Jordan 1 Retro High is constructed from white tumbled leather. A black leather Swoosh, sail midsole, and pine green outsole complete this design.
8. Air Jordan 3 Retro UNC
The 2020 edition of these classic J’s feature a white tumbled leather upper with grey elephant print mudguards and valor blue detailing. These once rare Air Jordans sport a former Player-Exclusive colourway for students at the University of North Carolina. However, in recent years, the colourway has been opened to the public.
9. Jordan 11 Bred Playoffs
First worn on NBA courts back in April 1996, the AJ11 in Black/True Red-White are playoff-ready. This variation is the 2019 edition, which marked the first release for the style in seven years. The footwear ranks high on MJ’s grails and is undoubtedly one of the best Air Jordan shoes of all time.
10. Air Jordan 4 Retro What The
Released for His Airness’s 30th anniversary, the special-edition “What The” colourway is one of the best looking Jordans of all time. This blue AJ4 features colour blocking in a mix of White/Cement, Military Blue, Fire Red, and Black/Cement. All topped off with ‘Nike Air’ branding on the heel tabs.
11. Jordan 1 Retro High Shadow
Having only hit shelves three times in the brands 30-year history, the OG Shadow is a must-have for collectors and one of the best Air Jordans of all time. The footwear features a black and grey leather upper with original “Nike Air” branding on the tongue tag and insoles.
12. Air Jordan 1 Retro Shattered Backboard
Inspired by the orange and black jersey that Michael Jordan wore when he shattered a backboard in an Italian exhibition game in 1986, these Air Jordans are brutal.
13. Jordan New Beginnings Pack Retro High 1 & Nike Air Ship
Taking reference from the original Air Ship design that copped flack early on in His Airness’ career, the New Beginnings pack is the ultimate OG Air Jordans collectable. This pack features the 1984 white/red Air Ship PE with an all-white and red Air Jordan 1 High colourway complete with its OG style hangtag.
14. Jordan 4 Retro Black Cat
Featuring a Black and Light Graphite colour scheme, this take on the classic Air Jordan 4 reminds us of Michael Jordans famous ‘Black Cat’ nickname, an idea which s further explored throughout Jordan 13. It cops a full black-based upper with minor hints of grey on the Jump man Flight tongue tags.
15. Air Jordan 1 Retro Royal
Widely known as Mikes favorite colourway, the Royal Blue Jordans are part of basketball folklore. First photographed by Chuck Kohn in 1985, the image of MJ wearing the shoes became an instant hit despite the fact that Jordan never wore this retro colour way on the court. Since 1985, these blue Jordans have been released three more times, confirming their status as one of the best Air Jodan sneakers of all time.