A guide to curating your collection of Air Jordans for men
Among sneakerhead culture's most iconic and essential shoes are Air Jordans. In 1984, Nike signed rising star Michael Jordan to an unprecedented endorsement contract worth $500,000 a year. With his infamous black and red Nike Air Ships, which the NBA "threw out of the game," MJ became synonymous with boundary-breaking talent. It was the release of the first Air Jordans in 1985 that really propelled the Jordan brand to new heights. We know the world of sneaker collecting today because of AJ1s, which were an instant hit. As far as sneaker design goes, the Air Jordan line represents the pinnacle. When it comes to quality, craftsmanship, materials, innovation, performance, and style, Jordans are unmatched. Based on our team's recommendations, Rich Report has selected the top Jordans for your collection.
Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Lightning 2006
A striking take on Tinker Hatfield's Air Jordan 4 silhouette, the "Lighting" Jordans were released alongside the "Thunder" in 2006. Featuring a triangular support wing and visible air unit, this classic design is Hatfield's second Air Jordan. With a Tour Yellow nubuck upper and gray accents on the side panel and outsole, the racing-inspired Jordan Retro colorway pays homage to Michael Jordan's Michael Jordan Motorsports team. This sought-after pair of Air Jordans is finished with Jordan branding on the tongue and heel.
Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro Doernbecher
Designed in collaboration with 12-year-old athlete Isaac Arzate, these retro Jordan 5s were released in 2013. As a result of Isaac's tragic passing, his family completed the creative process on his behalf. Black patent leather upper features glow-in-the-dark detailing, including Isaac's poem. Arzate's basketball and baseball jersey numbers, initials, birthday, and date of passing are also engraved on the tongue tags of the Air Jordans.
Nike Air Jordan 9 Boot University of Florida PE
This pair of Air Jordan 9s celebrates the University of Florida athletics program in anticipation of the 2018 SEC Tournament. Gators fans and sneakerheads alike appreciate these ultra-rare Jordans, which have never been publicly released. The heel tabs feature "GATORS" embroidered in orange and blue to complement the school's colors. Winter-ready Jordans feature weather-resistant uppers and extra tread on the soles for slippery conditions.
Nike Air Jordan 10 OG Orlando 1994
While Michael Jordan was on a hiatus from basketball, the Air Jordan X was introduced in 1994. Tinker Hatfield incorporated 10 milestones on the outsole of the Air Jordans to commemorate MJ's legendary career. One from each year, the list begins with Jordan's rookie of the year award in 1985 and ends with a 1994 line that simply reads "Beyond." A white and black upper is splashed with a Royal Blue interior lining and accents on the outsole of these OG 1994 Jordans, which are part of the "City Series."
Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High Chrome Hearts Off-White NRG
Michael Jordan's AJ1 is one of the most popular Jordan designs, and for good reason: it was the first shoe in his groundbreaking signature line, which spurred many coveted player collaborations. Featuring Off-White branding and Chrome Hearts hardware, these retro Jordans upgrade the iconic sneaker. Chrome Hearts adds branded dubrés, adjustable lace locks and metallic eyelets to Virgil Abloh's signature flourishes, including zip-ties, exposed foam, and labeled shoelaces. These 2017 Jordan Retros are extremely rare and highly sought after, making them some of the best Jordans to add to your collection.