Iconic Air Jordans For Any Collector
Jordans are iconic. Jordans are cool. Jordans are the very foundation of sneaker culture. And these are the 10 Jordans we think every sneakerhead needs in their collection. The Jordan Brand has been a canvas for design inspiration over the years, and we’ve brought together a list of the best of the best - from Travis Scott to Dior and Virgil Abloh to Drake.
1Nike Travis Scott Air Jordan 6 Retro Olive
The Nike Travis Scott Air Jordan 6 Retro Olive draws from the multi-platinum rapper’s affinity for military styling and subtle earth tones. Scott originally debuted the Air Jordan 6 Retro Olive during his halftime performance at Super Bowl 53, but he was also spotted in them before their official release. The medium olive, infrared, noir, black and infrarouge colorway with the “Cactus Jack” stamp were part of Scott’s wardrobe for his 2019 Netflix documentary “Look Mom I Can Fly.” The Air Jordan 6 Retro Olive was part of a collection marrying the Jordan Brand and the recording artist, which also included hoodies, tees and cargo pants. The military-like styling of this Jordan 6 Retro includes a utilitarian pocket with a snap on the collar and a glow-in-the-dark outsole.
2Nike Air Travis Scott Jordan 1 Low
Travis Scott’s second entry on our top 10 list is the Travis Scott Jordan 1 Low, a silhouette that the “Sicko Mode” rapper first wore during a performance at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. The Travis Scott Jordan 1 Low has a neutral color scheme, which is characteristic of his usual design palette. The Dark Mocha features add a heavy dose of black and brown to his Jordan 1 Low. Travis Scott’s eclectic style is evident in the backward Nike Swoosh on the lateral side and his own hand-drawn Cactus Jack face logo in bright red. The Cactus Jack persona featured on the heel of the Travis Scott Jordan 1 Low extends to other collaborations as well, including Scott’s own signature meal at McDonald’s.
3Nike Air Jordan 1 Low Dior
A partnership between a Parisian fashion house Dior and the Jordan Brand created the very popular Dior Jordan 1 Low. Released in a limited run of 8,500 pairs of Lows and 4,700 pairs of Highs, the Dior Jordan 1 collaboration was timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan. The Dior Jordan 1 made its runway debut in Dior’s men’s pre-fall 2020 show in Miami. The release of the Dior Jordan 1 marked the first time a Parisian couture house partnered with the Air Jordan basketball brand. Martin Lotti, the vice president of design for Jordan Brand, called the marriage a partnership that blends “high-end streetwear with luxury fashion.” The Dior Jordan 1 Low features a two-tone color scheme with a Dior Air tongue tag, Dior Oblique jacquard Swoosh and Dior Wings logo on the heel.
4Nike Off-White Air Jordan 4 Sail
You probably think some sneakers belong in a museum, which is exactly what happened with the Nike Off-White Jordan 4 Sail - a very special Air Jordan 4. A collaboration between artist Virgil Abloh, founder of Milan label “Off-White” and artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, the Off-White Jordan 4 Sail first appeared in an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Abloh also put the Off-White Jordan 4 l in his own brand’s ready-to-wear runway show during Paris Fashion Week, pairing it alongside both casual, flowing pieces and bold cut-out styles. Before that, the Nike Off-White Jordan 4 Sail turned heads at the one-of-a-kind “Figures of Speech” exhibition. Abloh generated plenty of buzz with the interesting details on this Air Jordan 4, including a Sail zip tie, translucent detailing, and “AIR” displayed on the lateral side.
5Nike Union LA Air Jordan 4 Retro SP Guava Ice
One of the greatest things about collaborations is the customizations that occur, including those you can do yourself. The Nike Union LA Air Jordan 4 Retro SP Guava Ice features a unique flip tongue that is unusual for an Air Jordan 4. But, this is no typical Air Jordan 4; this is the Retro SP Guava Ice, dreamed up by Chris Gibbs at Union LA. Gibbs himself called the customization “Tonguegate,” citing the controversy that arose among sneakerheads who were aghast at the low tongue that can be unfolded for a more classic look. Featuring a distinctive 80s vibe, this Union Jordan 4 has a tropical appeal with shades of Guava Ice, Light Bone and Brigade Blue. Gibbs seamlessly paired suede reminiscent of Birkenstock sandals with the old-school mesh that’s equal parts retro and fresh.
6Nike Air Jordan V Off-White Retro SP Muslin
The Nike Off-White Air Jordan 5 Muslin is the second series of Nike collaborations with Virgil Abloh and was inspired by the Nike Air Jordan 5 OG Metallic. Abloh’s influence comes from his childhood experience watching Michael Jordan play basketball and his background in Chicago streetwear. Abloh said, “You could give a kid a bed sheet and tell them to fly. Or, you could give them a replica of a superhero cape. They’re going to believe that they’re flying, even though, either way, it’s just fabric. That’s what Air Jordans are to me.” The retro silhouette of the Off-White Jordan 5 Muslin has a faded black upper, a pre-yellowed translucent outsole and Abloh’s signature “Shoelaces” branding on the laces.
7Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Dark Mocha
The Dark Mocha Jordan 1 was designed with the 2019 Travis Scott Air Jordan collaboration in mind. The Air Jordan 1 is what started it all, the first shoe to bear the Jordan name all the way back in the 1980s when MJ got drafted by the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. The Dark Mocha Jordan 1 features white and black leather with a Dark Mocha nubuck heel and collar flap. Paying tribute to the original 1985 Jordan 1, the Dark Mocha Jordan 1 also features the Jordan Wings logo, Nike Air branding on the nylon tongue, and signature black leather swoosh.
8Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG University Blue
You can’t create shoes that bear Jordan’s name without considering Jordan’s roots. That’s exactly what Nike had in mind with its Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG University Blue, a colorway that memorializes Jordan’s time playing in University Blue at UNC. Jordan wore Air Jordan 1s during the beginning of his pro career in the mid-80s and the Retro High OG University Blue draws its inspiration from even earlier: Michael’s collegiate days at UNC. The color palette of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG University Blue is both retro and new with an embossed Jordan Wings logo and both smooth and supple leather. It’s no surprise the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG University Blue continues to be a trendsetter, inspired by the all-world collegiate athlete that Michael Jordan was.
9Nike Air Jordan X Retro OVO White
When you see the OVO branding, it might not be readily apparent who’s behind it. OVO, which stands for “October’s Very Own,” belongs to Canadian superstar Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham — better known to everyone as Drake. Drake’s first official collaboration with Nike was a long time coming after the rapper spent years reportedly in talks with adidas. However, Drake rapped “checks over stripes, that’s what I like,” on Travis Scott’s 2018 hit “Sicko Mode,” making his allegiance public. The OVO clothing line launched in 2011 and the Nike Air Jordan X Retro OVO White followed in 2016. The monochromatic look that bears OVO branding on the sole and luxe gold Jumpman and “Jordan 23” logos dropped just in time for NBA All-Star Weekend. The timing could not have been more perfect for the well-known Toronto Raptors fan since All-Star Weekend took over Drake’s hometown. Drake himself announced the starting lineup for the game, a perfect forum for introducing a new look sneakerheads everywhere clamored to get.
10Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Light Smoke Grey
The Nike “Air Jordan” is one of the most iconic designs in the history of both streetwear and basketball and is a key part of the origin of the Air Jordan brand for Nike. Designed by Peter Moore, Michael Jordan wore Air Jordan 1s (AJ1s for short) in 1984 and 1985, as well as modified versions in 1986. The Air Jordan 1 Smoke Grey was designed with the Jordan 1 Union LA in mind. This AJ1 uses color blocking and mixed materials to make a statement in a colorway inspired by the Chicago Bulls. The shoe features a white leather upper with grey suede accents and a red leather ankle panel. Paying tribute to the original 1985 Jordan 1, the Air Jordan 1 Smoke Grey also features the Jordan Wings logo embossed in black, red Nike Air branding on the nylon tongue, and the signature black suede Nike Swoosh.