The Definitive Air Jordan Ranking (2022)

This story was originally published in April 2020. It has been updated as of April 2022 to include the latest Air Jordan releases.

There are a lot of things we could say here about Air Jordans, many of which you’ve probably heard before. We could talk about their mystique: how they birthed sneaker culture as we know it; how they irrevocably altered the worlds of sports and fashion and marketing; how no other signature line—despite our current cover guy’s claims otherwise—has ever matched their exact formula of technical innovation and beautiful design and cultural prominence. Or we could talk about the little things, like the irrational confidence you feel lacing them up on the blacktop; or how good Frank Ocean looked in Royal 1s at Paris Fashion Week that one time; or how intoxicating a fresh pair smells right out of the box, like Windex and freshly ground pepper.

Instead, we’re going to say something perhaps a little obvious: that like all collections of great things (movie franchises, Philip Roth novels, Tyler, the Creator fits) there are hits, misses, and plenty of weird things in between. Which means they’re ripe for a ranking—one both arbitrary and definitive.

And so, with The Last Dance premiering tomorrow night on ESPN, we took this opportunity to re-assess all 34 Air Jordans. The good, the bad, the great, and, especially, the completely wacky—of which there are many. We judged them based on their looks, their on-court performance, and their pop cultural footprint, with a healthy dose of personal nostalgia mixed in for good measure. We look forward to you judging us back in our Twitter mentions. —Yang-Yi Goh

1. Air Jordan III

Andrew D. Bernstein

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This is it, folks. This is the one. The sneaker that catapulted the Air Jordan from just another signature line to a pop cultural phenomenon worth mythologizing, lining up for, debating over, and writing lists like this one about. The Is began writing the story, the IIs removed the Swoosh from the sides, but the III is where everything that truly makes a J a J comes into play. It’s the first Jordan designed by Tinker Hatfield, the visionary who pioneered the exposed Air bubble, dreamt up Marty McFly’s self-lacing bangers, and blessed us with eight of the top 10 sneakers below. And it’s the first Jordan to feature the Jumpman, the only corporate logo to inspire both a life-sized bronze statue and an inescapable earworm of a Drake and Future song. The design itself somehow feels retro and futuristic and totally timeless all at once, and the OG colorways gave us the elephant print that’s become a HOF-worthy sneaker culture staple. Add in the classic Mars Blackmon commercials that helped turn Jordan into the most marketable athlete alive, plus the fact that these are reportedly Mike’s favorite Js ever, and you’ve got yourself a clear number-one on a list full of legends. —Yang-Yi Goh

2. Air Jordan I

Robert Lewis

Courtesy of Jordan

Look at it! I mean, look at it. This is the future—of basketball, of sneakers, of style, of Nike, of MJ—in a single high-top sneaker. This is the black-and-red colorway that the NBA deemed illegal, leading Nike to pay Jordan’s fines, literally every sneaker to follow to drop in its own “bred” iteration, and, really, sneakers to turn into vectors of personal style. Its popularity has fluctuated over the years, but ever since a guy from Chicago named Kanye West started wearing them, they catapulted to the top of the Jordan list. It’s not likely they’ll go anywhere soon. —Sam Schube

3. Air Jordan XI

Nathaniel S. Butler

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MJ hit his pinnacle as an athlete during the ‘90s, and the pinnacle of his sneaker line during that decade—without question—is the Air Jordan XI. Like all great Js, the XI is a seamless marriage of neck-snapping style and elite performance. Even now, that gleaming, tuxedo-aping patent leather is astonishing enough to elicit goosebumps from me, a grown man who has stared at these sneakers thousands of times over the past 25 years. And in 1995, people looked at these things like they’d just crash landed from another galaxy. The real brilliance of the patent mudguard, though, is that it wasn’t just there for the shine: because it’s lighter and less stretchy than full-grain leather, it resulted in a more explosive shoe that held your feet snugly in place. Outside of the Is, the XI is the Air Jordan people are still most likely to camp out overnight to cop: a 2011 retro of the Concord—a colorway so perfect that Jordan wore it for the entire ‘95-96 regular season—incited actual riots outside malls across the nation. Part of that lasting appeal is also due to the fact that it’s the shoe Mike had on in Space Jam, cementing them in the imaginations of an entire generation of kids forever. —Y.G.

4. Air Jordan IV

Brian Drake

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“Yo man, your Jordans are fucked up!” By 1989, Air Jordans had become so ingrained in the culture—a shorthand for excellence—that they could anchor a pivotal scene in one of the best movies of the decade. As Jordan’s high-flying antics started to turn heads overseas, the IV became the first Js to get a global release, coinciding with Tinker Hatfield really coming into his own and flexing his muscles: experimenting with mesh and molded plastics, and using nubuck leather on a basketball shoe for the very first time. Outside of its Do the Right Thing cameo, the IV’s earned their place in history when MJ hit The Shot in them, meaning you’d do well to steer clear of rocking these anywhere in Ohio. —Y.G.

5. Air Jordan VI

Andrew D. Bernstein

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Supposedly, Tinker Hatfield was inspired by Jordan’s Porsche 911 while designing the VI. Which seems...wrong, because the 911 is sleek and bulbous and a paragon of timeless design, and the Air Jordan VI is all hard angles, a Frankensteined mishmash of materials, and an unmistakable product of its era. Whatever its origins, it’s a beautiful sneaker—the model His Airness laced up to capture his first ring, and the first to introduce two technologies that would go on to be borrowed by countless future hoops shoes: a neoprene sleeve lining and a two-hole pull on the tongue for easier entry. —Y.G.

6. Air Jordan XII

Rocky Widner

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Following up the showstopping XIs was no easy task, but Tinker managed it by adjusting the dials on looks (swapping out the flashy patent for subtle pebbled leather and cascading quilted panels) and performance (the XII is still considered one of the finest, most durable on-court Js ever). Factor in the indelible moments on its resume—perhaps you’ve heard of the Flu Game?—and you’ve got another instant classic from the line’s hitmaking heyday. —Y.G.

7. Air Jordan V

Jerry Wachter

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Thanks to Will Smith and a little show called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, these might be the first shoes you picture when you close your eyes and think “Air Jordan.” The V carried over a couple of elements from the IV—namely, the plastic mesh on the quarter and the mix of nubuck and smooth leather—and supercharged them with a confluence of aggressive lines inspired by WWII-era fighter planes. (This kicked off a recurring theme of Js taking cues from famous vehicles.) On the court, Jordan delivered his career-high in points wearing these fellas, hanging a cool 69 on the Cavs. —Y.G.

8. Air Jordan II

Rocky Widner

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There’s maybe no Jordan more criminally underrated by sneakerheads than the II, probably because it arrived wedged between the two icons at the very top of this list. But don’t get it twisted: this was no sophomore slump. Long before NBA stars were style gods, or streetwear scions were calling the shots at age-old European houses, or anyone had even considered the idea of wearing sneakers with a suit, the Air Jordan II attempted to bridge the worlds of sportswear and high fashion. It did so by minimizing the Nike branding, wrapping its understated silhouette in luxe materials—a swath of faux lizard skin and brogue-ish perforations around the toe box—and crafting the whole thing in Italy for an extra air of sophistication (pre-dating Common Projects and its many copycats by almost two decades). —Y.G.

9. Air Jordan VII

Andrew D. Bernstein

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Visually, the VIIs are nearly identical to the VIs: same geometric panelling on the uppers, same jagged edges along the midsole. But make no mistake—this shoe has a legacy entirely its own. For one thing, this was the first Air Jordan to be released under the Jordan Brand moniker rather than Nike, which meant no Air bubble (a staple of Js from III through VI) and no Swooshes of any kind inside or out. That’s a critical juncture for Michael Jordan, the businessman. Oh, yeah, and Michael Jordan, the basketball player? That guy had a pretty good year in these, too: he picked up his second ring, repeated as MVP and Finals MVP, and then became the talk of the Barcelona Olympics—and the world—with the original Dream Team. —Y.G.

10. Air Jordan XIV

Nathaniel S. Butler

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When, five short weeks from now, Michael Jordan definitely doesn’t push off Bryon Russell while bringing both the 1998 Finals and The Last Dance to a close, he’ll be wearing these. That’d be worth a high spot on this list alone, but the XIVs earn their place with a Ferrari-indebted design that looks fast even on this page. Those little dino claws up front, that tech-y tongue attachment, a logo badge that screams “Forza!”: it’d be harder to invent a shoe better for Jordan to speed into retirement wearing. —S.S.

11. Air Jordan XIII

Kent Smith

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This was the shoe Jordan wore for long chunks of the 1997-1998 season—his last one as a Bull, and the centerpiece of The Last Dance. By that point, Jordan was a global icon: McDonalds, or Xerox, or the Statue of Liberty, but a person. And the 13—luxe, textured, vaguely organic—is the shoe of a very wealthy basketball player. This thing looks like it weighs ten pounds and costs its weight in gold. —S.S.

12. Air Jordan XVI

Jeff Haynes

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Bizarrely, the XVI isn’t the first Jordan to play with the idea of spats, those shoe coverings that haven’t been seen since the 1940s. (That’d be the XI.) But the XVI is the first to make those spats removable—silly, maybe, but the latest, most notable step in the line’s groundbreaking, unceasing interest in exploring what a basketball shoe could do and be. Spats? Why not! —S.S.

13. Air Jordan VIII

Nathaniel S. Butler

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Everything you need to know about the VIII is on its tongue: that, friends, is chenille. This is perhaps the most ‘90s shoe in the Air Jordan line, from the Haring-adjacent patch to the X straps to the wax-paper-cup-indebted teal-and-purple colorway. Think of this less as a fine-wine-aging J than a shot of tequila chased with blue Gatorade—not refined, necessarily, but a pleasure all its own. —S.S.

14. Air Jordan XVIII

David Kyle

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The very last dance: Jordan wore the XVIIIs to close out his career in Washington, D.C. A little odd a the time, they’ve aged bizarrely well: nods to Jordan’s love of very fast cars (that driving shoe heel!) and a vamp cover that looks like a goddamn loafer make this thing a real pair fit for a sendoff. —S.S.

15. Air Jordan XV

Jeff Gross

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After the 1997-98 season, Michael Jordan retired for the second time (then thought to be for good). For the 98-99 season, his shoes went weird. The line’s first (but not last!) dip into the bizarre, the gothic, the Lovecraft-indebted, the XV nonetheless looks incredibly cool some 20 years on. Inspired by the X-15 fighter jet, the shoe looks more like a piece of postmodern architecture—a very public example of sports and fashion grappling with the GOAT’s absence. —S.S.

16. Air Jordan IX

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The IX was released during Jordan’s baseball-playing hiatus, and it shows: it’s a little bulky, more like a baseball cleat than the sleek, visionary kicks he’d worn on the hardwood. —S.S.

17. Air Jordan XVII

David Maxwell

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Jordan’s first Wizards-era sneaker received mixed reviews upon launch—partially owing to its then-unheard of price tag of $200—but its clean-lined look has aged nicely. The single greatest thing about the XVII, though, is what it came in: a Jumpman-branded, Mission: Impossible-esque metal briefcase, complete with an oh-so-2002 CD-ROM. —Y.G.

18. Air Jordan XIX

Andrew D. Bernstein

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Because sometimes your shoe needs a...skirt? Face mask? Kevlar bomber jacket? Yet another instance of J’s pushing sneaker design in both novel and technologically advanced ways, the XIX is the rare hoops shoe best described as “mysterious.” —S.S.

19. Air Jordan X

Andy Hayt

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The Air Jordan X suffers in stature among sneakerheads mostly due to poor timing. Because it was designed and released while MJ was still off cosplaying as an outfielder in the minor leagues, the X was intended as a tribute to Jordan’s basketball years, with a list of his career highlights engraved down the soles. That quickly became obsolete when Jordan returned to the hardcourt wearing 45—and even then, he only wore these for a handful of games before switching to a prototype of the XI during the 1995 Eastern Conference Semis. From a design standpoint, the X is sort of bland and innocuous, most notable for paving the way shape-wise for the far more beloved XIs and XIIs. —Y.G.

20. Air Jordan XX8

Jesse D. Garrabrant

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Jordan Brand has always had a vexed relationship with players not named Michael Jordan. Jordan himself picked the brand’s first endorsers; a generation of kids who grew up wondering why Derek Anderson got to wear Js got, in their lesson, an object lesson in crony capitalism. By 2012, though, the brand had found in Russell Westbrook an endorser capable of both the breathtaking athletic feats and the incredible obstinacy required of a true Jordan wearer. And Russell “Why Not?” Westbrook was the perfect figurehead for the XX8s: a stripped-down drop-top racecar of a shoe, a midcalf stunner often done up in wacky prints. Known by pickup legends as among the best-performing Js of recent memory, these are a cult classic in a line lacking for them in recent years. —S.S.

21. Air Jordan XXXV

Brock Williams-Smith

Blending nods to the Jordan V with the swooping lines and eclipse plate technology of its immediate predecessor, the XXXV represents the platonic ideal—as far as both looks and performance go—of a modern Air Jordan. —Y.G.

22. Air Jordan XX3

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After countless Jordans modeled after MJ’s cars, it was nice to finally get one based on the GOAT’s one true passion: golfing. I mean, just look at that fancy stitched argyle, and then tell me you don’t want to crank out a few long balls at the range. Not mad at it, honestly! In truth, the XX3—a notable release, given Jordan’s jersey number—was meant to be the most personal J ever: Jordan’s thumbprint is embossed on the rear, his signature is etched on the toe, and that argyle we were admiring earlier is actually meant to invoke his DNA patterns. —Y.G.

23. Air Jordan XX

Noah Graham

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Yet another instance of novelty—that floating ankle strap, and the crazy-embellished, history-of-MJ one at midfoot—coexisting with real technical leaps forward. That midsole housed a next-level cushioning system, even if all anyone wanted to talk about was the laser etching. —S.S.

24. Air Jordan 2010

Sam Forencich

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This is the Air Jordan with a hole in it. No further questions, your honor. —S.S.

25. Air Jordan XXXI

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Thirty-one shoes in, the design minds at Jordan Brand officially ran out of ideas. So they started back at one—literally, with this hypermodern flip on the Air Jordan 1. Points for trying, I guess. —Y.G.

26. Air Jordan XXXII

Mark Sobhani

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Same logic as the XXXI: this is a high-performance, turbo version of the 2. [Shrugs.] —Y.G.

27. Air Jordan XXXIV

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A wonder performance-wise, but veers a little too far into something-Tom-Cruise-might-wear-in-Oblivion territory for us to really take it seriously. —Y.G.

28. Air Jordan XX9

Fernando Medina

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The entirely woven uppers made this the lightest Air Jordan ever, and the designers used that novel construction to screen print graphics directly onto the shoes. Sometimes that worked out fine—like this so-so nod to the Air Jordan III’s iconic elephant print—and sometimes it wound up looking like a knickknack you’d buy at one of those stands in the mall where you get a mug with your baby photo on it made for your mom’s birthday. —Y.G.

29. Air Jordan XXXVI

Glenn James

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The closing of a trilogy that began with the XXXIV and peaked with the XXXV, the latest Jordan feels a touch too “been there, done that” to rank any higher than this. —Y.G.

30. Air Jordan XX2

Nathaniel S. Butler

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The XX2 had the great misfortune of being just one model number short of the XX3—i.e. 23, His Airness’s jersey number—which, at the time, many sneakerheads were anxiously anticipating as a monumental moment for the line. As a result, it felt like the designers sort of looked past this one, too: it’s a relatively plain and straightforward design, with some fighter jet-inspired detailing that makes it look fast. As in, “the faster we get this shoe out the door, the sooner we can get to the one you’re all waiting for.” —Y.G.

31. Air Jordan XXXIII

Sam Greenwood

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The 33s take MJ’s otherworldly leaping ability a bit too literally, resulting in a silhouette best described as “high-tech moonboot.” The ditching of laces for a quick-pull system is laudable (late period Jordans are nothing if not elaborately, ostentatiously technical), but the result is somehow a few feet to the left of what we understand as an Air Jordan. —S.S.

32. Air Jordan XXI

David Sherman

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Some Jordans take inspiration from MJ’s beloved world of racing: lines borrowed from sports cars, parts modeled after spoilers or shoes or helmets. The XXI, though, takes that borrowing a little too liberally. These just...look like a pair of legit racing shoes, the sort that pass as stylish footwear in certain European cities. Jordans are best when they interpret and interpolate—less good when they look like something an F1 driver would wear to work. —S.S.

33. Air Jordan 2009

Garrett Ellwood

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You know things are getting tough in JordanWorld when the designers start taking inspiration from—and yes, this is correct—“defense” and “fencing.” Defense might win championships, but high scorers make great shoes. And this one just doesn’t have it. (This is the 2009 and not the XX4 because the brand retired the number system with MJ’s own XX3—only to bring it back a few years later.) —S.S.

34. Air Jordan 2011

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Sensing a theme? The Jordans of the 2010s, while perhaps the best-performing shoes in the history of basketball, nonetheless suffer from a distinct lack of charisma. Maybe it’s because the brand was lacking a true figurehead—“Ray Allen PE” doesn’t exactly send me running to StockX—or because the line’s focus on tech came at the expense of looks. Either way: another tough one for the GOAT. —S.S.

35. Air Jordan XXX

Layne Murdoch

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You ever have a friend who, instead of celebrating their 30th birthday, just asks everyone to kind of ignore it, and maybe just hangs out at 29 for another year? Yeah, me neither. —S.S.

36. Air Jordan 2012

Jim Rogash

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The official copy for the AJ 2012 explains that the shoe pulled inspiration from “some of basketball’s ancestors”—which is to say, not from the greatest player of all time. The intentions were good, but the results (“wingtip-like shapes and perforations,” anybody?) leave plenty to be desired. They can’t all be great—but thankfully, just about all of them are better than this. —S.S.

FAQs

Which Jordan is the rarest? ›

More than a decade after last being seen on the hardwood, Jordan Brand reissued arguably the rarest shoes in their archive. The Jordan Kobe PE Pack 3/8 was gifted to friends and family to celebrate Kobe's unforgettable 20-year career in the NBA.

Which Jordan is the most comfortable? ›

Jordan XIX

The shoe is said to be one of the most comfortable Air Jordan sneakers ever, with breathable Tech Flex material, a carbon fiber shank and patent leather toe.

Is the Jordan 3 a high top? ›

While we saw high-top and low-top versions of the Air Jordan signature shoe in the first two models, the Air Jordan 3 was the first mid-top basketball shoe. The mid-top design allowed for greater flexibility than the high-tops but provided the right amount of stability for the 6-6 basketball prodigy.

Which are the cheapest Jordans? ›

The Jordan 1 Low is the least expensive (read: cheapest) sneaker within the Air Jordan catalog. General releases of the lifestyle-oriented sneaker retail for $90 USD.

What are most expensive Jordans? ›

Air Jordan 10 x OVO "Solid Gold"

The shoes set Drizzy back $2.1 million, making them technically the most expensive J's ever.

Which Jordan shoe sold the most? ›

What are the top-selling Jordans? The top-selling Jordans include the Air Jordan 1 'Black Toe', the Air Jordan 1 'Chicago', the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Bordeaux, and the Air Jordan Mid Bred 1, a mid-top in a black and red colorway, originally banned by the NBA.

What is the most expensive pair of Air Jordans? ›

What is the most expensive pair of Air Jordan sneakers ever sold? It's still Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game), costing $104,000!

Are Jordans good for walking? ›

They're really comfortable because they're fitted with Air cushioning. I can walk around in them all day without any problems! There are definitely comfier sneakers out there, but these are pretty good.

Whats the most expensive shoe? ›

1. Antonio Vietri Moon Star Shoes — $19.9 Million.

Why are Air Jordans so hard to get? ›

Supply and demand is the biggest reason Air Jordans are so hard to get. Nike releases a limited amount at a time. For example: If they have 20,000 buyers but only 3000 pairs for sale, those shoes are going to sell out in minutes.

Do Jordan 4s make U taller? ›

Air Jordan 4 is a retro shoe with a bulky design. This shoe adds about one and a half inches or 3.81 cm in height. The heel on Jordans in general look like they'd give you at least an inch, but in reality they are more towards 0.8 inches.

Do 4s run big or small? ›

The Air Jordan 4 technically fits true to size. However, many will find that the sneaker fits more comfortably right out of the box at a half size up.

Are Jordan 4s comfortable? ›

The Jordan 4's are comfortable, they're very well padded around the toe box and ankle areas which gives a very supportive feel to the shoe. If you compare the Air Jordan 4 to my favorite silhouette the Air Jordan 1, I'd say they hug the foot more and feel more restrictive despite the AJ1 being a taller sneaker.

How long can Jordans last? ›

How Long Do Jordans Last? Similar to Air Max sneakers, Air Jordans can last around 7-10 years in storage. Occasionally wearing them can increase this time period. Conversely, wearing them daily can accelerate their deterioration.

How much should you spend on Jordans? ›

Well, the Air Jordan 1 retails for roughly $90 for the non-SE (special edition). Special Edition retails for basketball sneakers hardly ever rise above $110. However, the average cost of Jordan's SE is about $145. In this blog, you will find out why the Jordan Brand costs more.

Why do people love Jordans? ›

As high-quality shoes, they provide great comfort and support, unlike other products in the market. As such, people can wear them for a long time without having any discomfort. People are always looking for shoes that will offer them extra support and comfort, making the Air Jordan quite popular.

Which country sells cheapest Jordans? ›

You'll find, for example, the US has the most affordable Jordans, costing just 1.95% of the average monthly wage.

How can you tell real Jordans from fake? ›

Look for a manufacturing sticker on the outside of the box.

All Air Jordan boxes will have an official manufacturing sticker on the side. Check for the accurate style name of the shoe, the shoe size, color combination, and country of manufacture.

What is an OG Jordan? ›

OG – Original or Original release.

Firstly, OG can refer to the original colorways of shoes at the time of its initial release, i.e. Air Jordan 1 “Bred” is an OG.

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12. 25% of the items sold on StockX are sold for less than retail price. This often happens when there is too much supply in retail stores and instead of waiting for the inventory to go on sale consumers can find what they are looking for on StockX.

Who is Nike owned by? ›

4 The co-founder of Nike, Phil Knight, and his son Travis Knight, along with the holding companies and trusts they control, own more than 97% of outstanding Class A shares. 5 This allows the Knight family to exercise effective control of Nike even though it is a publicly traded business.

What is the most expensive sneaker in the world 2022? ›

1. Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy. Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy sneakers are so far the world's most expensive sneakers in private sale history according to Guinness World Records.

What is the number 1 selling Nike shoe? ›

The 10 top selling sneakers also included seven silhouettes from Nike, and one from both the Jordan brand and Adidas. The Nike Air Max 270 (on Nike.com for $160) was the top selling sneaker of the year.

Do goat sell fake shoes? ›

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Are Air Jordans still in style? ›

The classic style has produced some of the best Air Jordans shoes ever made and is credited with kicking off the basketball shoe craze. Today, it continues to be incredibly popular with fans. Beloved for its timelessly cool aesthetic, the shoe teams excellently with denim for a stylishly laid-back look.

Is Jordan still owned by Nike? ›

Air Jordan is a line of basketball shoes and athletic clothing produced by American corporation Nike.

Who owns the most shoes in the world? ›

Jordan Michael Geller (born 1977) is an American sneaker collector who founded and operated the ShoeZeum, the world's first sneaker museum. In 2012, Geller was certified by Guinness World Records for having the largest sneaker collection in the world, at 2,388 pairs.

How much are original Jordans worth? ›

The pair of Nike Air Ships that Michael Jordan wore during his first season with the Chicago Bulls sold for nearly $1.5 million at an auction. The shoes were estimated to sell between $1 million to 1.5 million before the auction. The shoes were sold to collector Nick Fiorella for $1.47 million.

What are the least comfortable Jordans? ›

The Air Jordan 6 is among the least comfortable Jordan silhouettes that Jordan brand has to offer. My tip for those of you who really love the model is to simply replace the insoles for a better fit and to make them a lot more bearable throughout the day.

Can you run in Jordan 1s? ›

The bottom line is, we feel for longer distances or more serious runners, you should look for a pair of top running shoes instead of wearing Jordan's as they simply aren't light enough and don't support you in the same way running trainers can.

How do I make my Jordans more comfortable? ›

SneakerHack: How to Make Air Jordan 1 Sneakers More Comfortable

Why do white soles turn yellow? ›

Why do white soles turn yellow? White objects - including your shoe soles - will turn yellow as a result of oxidisation. This is simple exposure to oxygen in the air that affects many white goods. They may also turn yellow over time from contact with dirt and mud.

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1. Yacht History Supreme. History Supreme is the most expensive thing in the world and it cost $4.8 billion. It took nearly three years to finish the yacht Stuart Hughes, a well-known luxury designer based in the UK, designed.

Are Jordans tight at first? ›

The Air Jordan 1s fit true to size; however, do note that the sneaker can initially feel a little snug as the upper is made of leather. As far as I know, the fit of the Air Jordan 1 has always been the same (and I have worn them since I was a kid).

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When did Jordans get popular? ›

Nike makes and markets its iconic sneakers to increase the value of the Jordan brand, which brought sports apparel into the mainstream in the '90s. The Air Jordan 1 is widely credited as the catalyst for sneaker-culture.

Are Jordan 5 good for basketball? ›

As for their on-court performance, they are very similar to the Air Jordan 4. They offer very good traction and decent cushioning. If you choose to hoop in these bad boys, don't expect too much performance-wise.

Are Jordan 3s comfortable? ›

Considering it was originally released back in 1989, the Air Jordan 3 is a fairly comfortable shoe for what it is. It won't blow you away, but the shoe's visible air unit does provide enough comfort for casual wear and should hold up during most wearings as long as you don't push them too far.

What makes Air Jordans so popular? ›

The Jordan 1 remains popular because it is iconic, looks great with any number of outfits and is directly tied to the history of sneaker collecting in general. Limited availability and hype of course also plays a role.

Are Jordan 4s comfortable? ›

The Air Jordan 4 is not known for being a comfortable shoe right out of the box. The older technology doesn't offer much cushioning and the materials are typically very stiff. Usually, some break-in time is required.

Can you hoop in Jordan 4s? ›

The Air Jordan Retro 4 is a great, insanely good-looking sneaker but not the best hoop shoe. It has a clean look that makes it a good cop for sneaker aficionados. Competitive hoopers should look away.

Are Jordan 6s comfortable? ›

The Air Jordan 6 is among the least comfortable Jordan silhouettes that Jordan brand has to offer. My tip for those of you who really love the model is to simply replace the insoles for a better fit and to make them a lot more bearable throughout the day.

Do Jordan 4s make U taller? ›

Air Jordan 4 is a retro shoe with a bulky design. This shoe adds about one and a half inches or 3.81 cm in height. The heel on Jordans in general look like they'd give you at least an inch, but in reality they are more towards 0.8 inches.

Are Jordans good for walking? ›

They're really comfortable because they're fitted with Air cushioning. I can walk around in them all day without any problems! There are definitely comfier sneakers out there, but these are pretty good.

Do Jordan 6s run big? ›

The Air Jordan 6 fits roomy at true-to-size. In most situations, the Air Jordan 6 fits slightly roomier than other Jordan models when going true-to-size or with your most common Nike or Jordan Brand size.

How long can Jordans last? ›

How Long Do Jordans Last? Similar to Air Max sneakers, Air Jordans can last around 7-10 years in storage. Occasionally wearing them can increase this time period. Conversely, wearing them daily can accelerate their deterioration.

Do people still wear Air Jordans? ›

The Air Jordan shoes have become popular because of their designs. Even as a basketball shoe, you can still see people of all ages and cultures wearing these sneakers in different outfits. Even people who are not basketball fans may find it hard to reject these stylish and tasteful sneakers.

Are Air Jordans still in style? ›

The classic style has produced some of the best Air Jordans shoes ever made and is credited with kicking off the basketball shoe craze. Today, it continues to be incredibly popular with fans. Beloved for its timelessly cool aesthetic, the shoe teams excellently with denim for a stylishly laid-back look.

Who wore the first Jordans? ›

According to people within the Chicago Bulls organization, Michael Jordan laced up the Nike Air Jordan for the first time against Dr. J and the Philadelphia 76ers on this day in 1984.

Did Jordan wear mids? ›

Nike's Air Jordan 1 Mid is one of those. For decades, the silhouette has been getting the cold shoulder from sneakerheads everywhere, due mostly to the fact Michael Jordan himself never wore this particular style on court.

What was Jordans last shoe? ›

1 | Game play. The Air Jordan XIIIs were not only an essential part of Michael Jordan's final season as a Chicago Bull, but also a key element of The Last Dance and sixth NBA championship.

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