In little over 32 years, Air Jordan’s have become a staple of the sneaker world. From the classic I’s all the way back in 1984, to the all black jordans, to the more contemporary XX9, It is fair to say that not all Jordan models have had the same impact, both on and off the court. Because of this, and to help you in any future Nike Air Jordan decision making, we have compiled a list of the five most iconic Jordan’s that stand out, not only because of their style but also because of their unparalleled ability to transcend time. Ready? Lets go!
Drawing design inspiration from Nikes Air Range, the I is now available in more colour ways than any other Jordan shoe. The black, white and red remain the classic pick. Equally notorious are the black, blue and white colour ways. Luckily, the wide variety of colours at your disposal means, whether you are feeling rather adventurous or indeed more conservative, there remains a Jordan I, for all needs and tastes.
The III works well with a number of outfits. However if you are uncertain, go for dark jeans and a baggy sports top as they complement well and create the ultimate casual look. Today the III remains popular amongst fashion conscious a listers such as Mark Walhberg, Rihanna and Kanye West as well as die hard sneaker heads. If you are still not convinced, then listen to the great man himself, who admitted, in a rare interview, that the III remains one of his favourite Jordans.
Unsurprisingly the V comes in a myriad of colour ways and designs. The fire red and metallic retro Jordans are the best options if you want to play it safe. If you are attempting a true nineties look then pick the V grape edition. It’s blue, white and purple colour scheme will complement that snapback and baggy patterned shirt. Lacking inspiration? Then re watch Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Will Smiths character is rarely seen without a pair of V’s or Jordan Fusion V’s.
Michael Jordan for his part always wanted the XI to be the formal Jordan. The Jordan to be wore at smart events, with a shirt and tie. You could be forgiven for thinking that MJ had taken leave of his sense, but in 1996 his wish came true. Although no official footage can be found, rumour has it that R&B band, Boyz II Men wore a pair of XI with their tuxedos, to the Grammy awards. So there you have it! Next time you are invited to a wedding, and have nothing to wear, fret not, you can always bring your Jordan’s along. If you decide to go for the XI make sure to pick the white and black. Add a pair of dark distressed jeans and a white grandfather shirt for that ultimate smart casual look.
The last time Michael Jordan stepped onto a Basketball court he was seen rocking a pair of Jordans 13’s. For that reason alone this model will live long in the memory, not only for sneaker heads but for sports fans too. The white quilted leather and suede means that these shoes are often seen as too fancy to wear. This iteration is not, however, all style and no substance. A great deal of technology has go into the production of the XIII, with important features, visible throughout.
When choosing a pair of Air Jordan’s, a lot will come down to personal preference, and rightly so. These shoes are about showing the world who you are, both in regards to fashion but also in relation to personality and character. And what better way than with a pair of Michael Jordan shoes?