Air Jordan I (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes & New Jordan 1)
Designed by Peter Moore and released in 1985, the Air Jordan I is
considered a watershed in basketball shoe design, although its design
was improved upon later with the Nike Dunk. The shoe gained much initial
publicity and interest when the National Basketball Association banned
it, saying that its vibrant black and red color violated the league's
design rules. Michael Jordan is also said to have not cared much for the
first Air Jordan, saying the red and black colorway looked like "devil
shoes". None the less, other shoe companies scrambled to emulate the
design, with some even introducing direct knock-offs.
In 1994, the white/black-red and black/red colorways were retroed and
sold very poorly. Many went on sale for as low as $20 in stores. When
the I's were retroed again in 2001, they sold out instantly.
In 2007 new re-retro I's will release, one of which will be a "Beginning
Moments Package" or "New Love, Old Love" that will include a re-retro of
the extremely rare white/black-red black-toe colorway.
The first sightings of the Air Jordan I occurred on November 17, 1984 in
a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Philadelphia 76ers. The first
colors unveiled were the banned black/red design. It was announced later
that Nike would release them to the public the following spring.
Air Jordan II (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes & New Jordan 2)
Designed by Bruce Kilgore the Air Jordan II debuted in 1986 to limited
popularity because of it's expensive 100 dollar price tag. But the shoe
was still unique because it sported Italian leather and faux lizard skin
on the side of the shoe. In a game against Golden State, Michael Jordan
broke his ankle while wearing the Air Jordan II's, which led many to
think the II's were the cause of the accident. In addition, the soft
midsole would crack easily and the shoes would be thrown out. This was
the last Air Jordan to feature the Wings logo on it. Intrestingly, this
was the only Air Jordan not to be originally made in all black.
The II also had poor sales when retroed in 1994-1995,but when the
white/black-red colorway was re-retroed in 2001 the demand was much
greater. Since then more re-retros have released including a black suede
Air Jordan III (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 3)
Designed by Tinker Hatfield the Air Jordan III was truly revolutionary.
It was the first Air Jordan to feature a visible air unit on the heel,
the new Jumpman logo, an elephant print trim, and tumble leather for a
luxury look. The III's are also famous for the humorus ads depicting
Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon.
The III's had poor sales when first retroed in 1994. However when they
were re-retroed they sold out instantly. A pair of these online can go
for sale for prices over 300 dollars. In 2007 the long awaited "Fire
Red" III's will release in March of 2007.
Michael Jordan has reportedly said the III's were and still are his
favorite Air Jordans to date.
In 2007, Jordan brand will collaborate with director Spike Lee to
release a limited pair of III's in a special colorway to resemble the Do
The Right Thing movie poster.
Air Jordan IV (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 4)
The Air Jordan IV shoe was first released in 1989, designed once again
by Tinker Hatfield. It wasn't as revolutionary as the first three
models, but it still became the first released Jordan shoe on the world
market, with some exceptions. Its cushioning sole and design made it an
Spike Lee, the director/actor who helped in the ad campaign for the Air
Jordan III, created the famous Can/Can't TV commercial. He also gave
them promotion in his movie Do The Right Thing. A classic scene in the
movie for Jordan fans has a person who has his new AJ IVs scuffed by a
bicycle rider and goes crazy about it. He places his shoe on a fire
hydrant and cleans it with a toothbrush.
The shoe was retroed in 1999 in a white/black colorway and a
black/cement colorway. Stores were sold out of IVs within hours of
release. However, when Nike (or Jordan Brand) released the first Retro+
model of the IVs, many claimed that they "destroyed a classic" by
removing the nets on the shoe, among some other subtle changes. The real
Jordan IV has the "NIKE AIR" logo on the back. Nike replaced it with the
Jumpman logo. Rapper Slick Rick has stated that he will purchase the
entire retro line released this year.
In 2006 Nike released many Retro packages of the IV, including "Mars
Blackmons" ("Laser Red" IV's with Spike Lee's alter ego on the heel),
"Military Blues", and the $500 "Thunder and Lightning" package.
Also in 2006, the "retro'ed" version of the Jordan IV's came in the
exclusive colorway in solid black and solid white.
Air Jordan V (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 5)
The original Air Jordan V was released in February 1990. Again designed
by Hatfield, and like his other designs, this was again truly
revolutionary. Some elements were the same from the Air Jordan IV, but
the V's most distinctive feature is arguably its reflective tongue.
There was also another innovation: clear rubber soles. The soles gave
the shoe a whole new and unique look, but it quickly turned yellow in
reaction to water. Collectors' responses to this was storing the shoes
in a cool, dry place with a desiccant at the soles, most commonly silica
packs. The Jordan V also came with lacelocks, making strapping on easy.
Hatfield is rumored to have drawn inspiration for the AJV from the World
War II Mustang fighter plane; easily seen in the shark teeth shapes on
the midsole. The V was retroed in 2000 to great demand, including a new
colorway featuring Michael Jordan's high school (Laney High) colors. In
2006 several re-retro V's had released including the very popular
"Grape" V's, and the "Fire-Red" V's. Along with the latter, a very
limited laser design and the black/metallic/fire red colorways were
released in early 2007.
The Air Jordan V's can also be seen in The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, when
Will Smith is spinning in the chair in the opening credits and he is
also wearing the White/Fire Red V's during the Banks family's formal
dinner invite in the first episode.
Air Jordan VI (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 6)
The Air Jordan VI was made in 1990 and later released in 1991 selling
for $125. The Retro pair of the Air Jordan VI was released in 2000. If
the Air Jordan V was inspired by the Mustang Fighter Airplane, the Air
Jordan VI was inspired by the Stealth Fighter F-117 used during Desert
Storm. This was the shoe MJ was wearing when he won his first of six
championships. It featured a clear sole similar to the AJ V and also had
the same yellowing attributes when exposed to water. Also of note was
the pull-tab on the shoe tongue. This shoe was combined with the AJ 11
in a package called DMP (Defining Moments Package) which was released in
The VI's design is unique in the fact that it incorporates Michael's #23
into the design of the shoe itself. When viewed from the medial side,
the back upper forms a two while the upper area of the shoe near the
laces shows the three.
Air Jordan VII Air Jordan VI (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 7)
The Air Jordan VII was released in late 1991 early 1992.
Hatfield created a shoe with lots of similarities with the previous
model. What was unique with the VII's was that they used some of the
Nike Huarache technology to create a shoe that really stuck to your
foot. The visible air sole, the Nike Air logo, and the yellowing soles
all were gone.
When Jordan went to the Olympics with the Dream Team, Nike released a
special Olympic color combo of the VII's. This model also featured
Jordan's Olympic jersey number, 9 which made it very special since all
of the previous models that featured his jersey number had always been
either stitched or printed with the number 23.
Various retros of the Air Jordan VII were released in 2002, again in
2004, and again in different colors in 2006.
Air Jordan VIII (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 8)
The Air Jordan VIII was released in 1992/93.
The eighth model of the Air Jordan was one heavy shoe. Its base was
clearly close to its predecessor but it had a lot more details, and some
collectors came to call this the flower-power Air Jordan. This shoe was
only made in three different color combinations. The shoes were produced
in less quantity than the VI. The Air Jordan VIII is to be re-retroed
again in the fall of 2007 in its aqua color. If there is a 9 on the back
it is fake.
Air Jordan IX (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 9)
Originally released in November 1993, the IX was the first Jordan
release after his retirement. It was also made as a baseball cleat that
MJ used during his post-Bulls baseball days.
The white/red/black version was worn by MJ for one scene in the 1995
movie Space Jam.
Like the Air Jordan VIIs, and VIIIs, the IXs feature an inner sock
sleeve and nubuck accents. The sole features different symbols and
languages of different countries.
The Air Jordan IX has been immortalized as the shoe chosen to adorn
Jordan's feet for his statue outside of the United Center in Chicago,
Air Jordan X (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 10)
What Michael wore when he returned in 1995 before switching to the XI's
in the playoffs, the Xs included a full grain leather upper, with a
solid rubber outsole. They also sported a quick lacing system with
Michael Jordan's previous accomplishments on the outsole. There were
multiple colorways released for different large cities across the United
States. The original colorway, white/steel grey/black featured an extra
piece of leather on the toe for more durability. MJ however did not like
this so Nike removed it on future colorways.This was the one sneaker
that Michael did not fully approve of, this is probably Tinker designed
it and had it made while Michael was still playing baseball.
Air Jordan XI (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 11)
The Air Jordan XI is one of the most popular Air Jordans of all time and
one of the most sought after sneakers of all time. These were the shoes
Jordan wore during his first return to basketball during the 1995-1996
season. They revolutionized all basketball shoes with the use of a
carbon-fiber shank; no one had ever seen so much technology in a
basketball shoe prior to the XI. In fall of 2000, Nike had re-released
the retro version of the Air Jordan XI (officially dubbed Air Jordan XI
Retro) but had made them slightly different from the previous release.
First, the retro's toe was far less likely to crease and was much
stiffer. The patent leather was glossier and the arch on the shoe was
more inclined and less flat. Many argue that the retro version is
superior to the original. Additionally, the Retro had unique colors that
were never released originally including the Space Jam version of the
shoe which sold out in a matter of hours at most stores.
They are also the most illegally copied shoes in the market, with as
much as 1/3 of all Air Jordan XI's sold on eBay being fakes, many of
them coming from China. Fakes of the Air Jordan XI usually have a hard
mid-sole (it is supposed to be soft or at least semi-firm), a low or
barely visible arch on the mid-foot, and a disfigured checkered pattern
on the bottom of the shoe. Many of these fakes lack cushioning and can
be quite uncomfortable to walk in. A first sign to tell that the shoes
are fake is to look for the box that it came in. The box should match
the shoe exactly with the ID number on the box matching the ID number on
the shoe. Often the box is not even a Jordan box or one that is too big
or too small for the shoe with no barcode.
The 11's are schedueled to retro once again in the summer of 2007, but
Air Jordan XII (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 12)
This sleek edition was issued in several colors: red and black, white
and obsidian, black and white and in low top style, dark blue and cream
white. These are the first Air Jordans not to feature the Nike logo
anywhere on the shoe itself. The VII-XI still retained the nike air logo
on the insole. It was also the first to use Zoom Air cushioning. The Air
Jordan XII was the shoe that Jordan wore through the 1996-97 season
including his renowned performance in the fifth game of the 1997 NBA
Finals. With the flu, Jordan scored 38 points including a 3-pointer with
21 seconds left to put away the game, after which he was carried off the
court by teammate Scottie Pippen.
Fakes-you can tell they are fake if the Jumpman has no fingers, also if
the shoes are uncomfortable they are undoubtably fake.
Air Jordan XIII (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 13)
The Air Jordan XIII's, from 1997/1998, are some of Michael Jordan's
favorite shoes. They have very good cushioning along with breathability.
This was the same time MJ announced his retirement from the NBA for the
second time. They were designed again by Hatfield. Also they were
re-released in 2005 at about the same time the XX came out.
The shoes were inspired by a black panther, which is known for its
stealth and swiftness. The shoe itself somewhat resembles the paw of a
panther with pods that represent the paws of a panther. This provided
more coverage and support on the basketball court. A hologram is
features on the outer heel of the shoe which changes color as the viewer
moves around the shoe. The hologram is known to fog up after many years.
This represents the eyes of the panther in the dark.
Air Jordan XIV (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 14)
This shoe was a revolutionary part of his career blending in 1-13. The
XIV was modeled after the Ferrari with its sleek design, and Jordan
logo. It is still worn by his fans and people all over the world. There
are over 9 colors of the XIV including his Bulls color white, and black.
According to solecollector.com's shoe expert Professor K, the Air Jordan
XIV is the most comfortable Jordan ever, even as a retro shoe.
It is known for being the best Jordan in terms of performance, blowing
away even the most modern of basketball sneakers
As an added extra, there are seven Jumpman logos on each shoe, 7 + 7=
The black/varsity red - black version is sometimes referred to as the
last shots because Jordan was wearing them during the last game he
played with the Bulls which he finished with a game-winning shot over
Bryon Russell. It was the first and only time in Jordan's professional
career he wore the shoe.
Air Jordan XV (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 15)
As the first Air Jordans released after Jordan's second retirement,
sharing a similarity to the Air Jordan IX in that Jordan never played
professionally in the shoe. There was some skepticism as to their
comfort. The tongue of the shoe stuck out to mimic Jordan's well known
habit of sticking his tongue out while playing. The woven kevlar Jordan
15 was modeled after the fighter jet plane.
This was supposed to be Tinker Hatfield's last Air Jordan (he later came
back to design the Air Jordan XX) and is widely recognized as being
somewhat of a failure in terms of performance and style.
Air Jordan XVI (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 16)
The first Air Jordan to have the removable shroud concept. The shroud,
or gaiter, was said to be a pre/post game accessory to dress the shoe
up. The shroud was not recommended to be worn during gameplay. It also
featured a patent leather toe with the toe being more square that a
traditional shoe toe. This concept has been reused in many of the later
Air Jordans. This was the first shoe since the Air Jordan VI to feature
visible Air. It also was the first to feature a clear rubber sole since
the Air Jordan XI.
This was the Air Jordan shoe Michael used in his first game (pre-season)
in his 2nd comeback.
Air Jordan XVII (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 17)
This shoe comes equipped with a silver suitcase,which held the shoes and
a CD containing the AJ XVII song. As well as a steep price of $200 when
first released. Known as the most expensive Jordans ever produced. They
were made in 4 mid top colors.
Air Jordan XVIII (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 18)
The last shoe Michael Jordan ever played a professional game in. The
first release was Black/Royal followed by the White/Royal colorway and
finished off with a White/Red colorway. All colorways released came with
embroidered towels reading "Air Jordan" and the famous Jumpman logo, but
the Black/Royal colorway was the only one that came with a suede brush
for easy cleaning. The upper was suede and had a cover over the laces
and was very nice. The XVIII featured full length Zoom Air and a
double-stacked Zoom Air unit in the heel. It also had a carbon fiber
spring plate. The inspiration of this shoe was from the aggressive and
elegant styling of European sports cars, which is reflected in this
Air Jordan XIX (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 19)
Released in 2004 and modeled after the black mamba snake, this is the
first Jordan release after his third, and final, retirement. Three
special editions were released. They consisted of the East, West, and
The Air Jordan XIX uses innovative materials. The upper was developed in
collaboration with Material ConneXion Inc. from a sleeving normally used
in architectural applications for protecting PVC pipes from bursting. In
theory, this allowed for a lace-less shoe because the sleeving does not
stretch, however the XIX1 did include a set of laces behind the sleeve
to better secure the shoe. While the sleeve is an interesting design
concept, its functionality is questionable.
Air Jordan XX (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 20)
Air Jordan XX feature a leather strap which contains icons representing
the history of Jordan. Inspired by motor-cycling shoes, it was the first
design involving Tinker Hatfield since the XV.
The shoe is low cut, but has an adjustable 'floating' ankle strap or
'leash' the strap can be anchored to the front of the ankle area, or
left detached from it. Even when detached from the anchor point at the
front, the strap remains attached at the back, and still provides ankle
Air Jordan XXI (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 21)
The Air Jordan XXI was released on February 18, 2006 during the NBA
All-Star Weekend in a white/black/red colorway, with the red/black color
in suede way released on February 25, 2006. It retailed for $175 a pair,
with the suede colorway being $5 extra. This model Air Jordan took its
designs from the highest and lowest cut Jordans, and also a Bentley
inspired grill for the side vents. It also has replaceable pods in the
heel that you can switch out: from a Zoom Air pod to a Air-Sole pod, to
personalize the cushioning to your liking.
A 60-second commercial featured basketball players performing moves that
have become Jordan signatures.
Air Jordan XXII (Cheap Air Jordans Shoes / New Jordan 22)
The Air Jordan XXII (referred to in advertisements as XX2) was released
on February 17, 2007 on Michael Jordan's 44th birthday. It retails for
$175, although Niketown.com had a special discount ($125) the day it was
released and offered free shipping with it as well. The aggressive and
sharp design is said to be inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter jet. Some
technical features of the shoe include the return of the Independent
Podular Suspension (IPS), as featured in the XX and XXI, and a titanium
shank plate to provide midsole support. It also includes two pairs of
interchangeable heel pillars similiar to the ones found in the Air
Jordan XXI, although this time the Zoom Air pillars contain
double-stacked Zoom Air units.
A 60-second commercial, produced by the New York advertising agency
Wieden and Kennedy, debuted on February 7, 2007 during a University of
North Carolina and Duke men's college basketball game. The advertisement
is set in a high school men's basketball game and features a member of
the visiting team stealing an inbounds pass, breaking down the court,
and dunking in Jordan's signature Jumpman (logo) style, defeating the
home team by one point at the buzzer. The advertisement features the
Lacrimosa verse of the Requiem Mass as composed by Mozart performed by
the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the St. Olaf Choir.