With Air Jordans, Michael Jordan and Nike have created an institution, from the notorious $5,000 fine in 1985 to the $1 billion in sales in the first half of 2019. The Swoosh was eliminated in the second year of the shoe, and ever since then, Jordan sneakers have been inspired by jazz, nature, sports cars, and planes. An annual sports shoe technology show is also held at the shoes.
Most iconic Air Jordans from 1985 to the present:
Air Jordan I (April 1985, $65)
Michael Jordan’s $5,000 per game penalty for donning the red, black, and white sneakers was settled by Nike. Air Jordan I is the only Air Jordan model to include the swoosh.
Air Jordan III (January 1988, $100)
The logo for Jumpman first appeared. Additionally, it had an elephant skin motif that was later used on Air Jordan shoes. The Nike Air pods were chopped away in the sole.
Air Jordan VI (February 1991, $125)
The No. 23 was deftly interwoven into the fabric of the shoe’s top. The general design was inspired by a sports automobile from Germany.
Air Jordan VII (February 1992, $125)
Jordan’s Olympic jersey number, 9, was emblazoned on versions of the sneaker that were created in Team USA colors for the Barcelona Olympics. The design was influenced by tribal art from West Africa.
Air Jordan IX (November 1993, $125)
Nike turned this shoe into a baseball cleat because MJ no longer used it because he had retired. French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, and Swahili words were used in the tread design.
Air Jordan X (November 1994, $125)
Some of Jordan’s accomplishments were noted on the sole of his first return shoe. Different hues of the sneaker were produced to symbolize different American cities. Jordan’s career accomplishments were represented by the lines on the shoes.
Air Jordan XIII (November 1997, $150)
A green holographic “eye” on the heel was modeled by a black panther. A paw print was seen at the bottom. Support came from a carbon fiber plate.
Air Jordan XIV (October 1998, $150)
Inspired by Jordan’s 550M Ferrari with the yellow shield-shaped insignia on the side. The shoe’s street moniker is “Last Shots” in honor of Jordan’s heroics during the NBA Finals.
Air Jordan XV (December 1999, $150)
In line with Jordan’s professional transition from the court to the office, the shoe was equipped with spats. The style was influenced by marching boots, fast vehicles, and architecture.
Air Jordan XVII (February 2002, $200)
They arrived in a metal container with a CD-ROM with various media. Jazz-inspired graphics and lyrics from a song about Jordan were used in the design. The cost to make an Air Jordan was the highest.
Air Jordan XIX (March 2004, $165)
Design components were invaded by a black mamba snake. A braided material that is typically used for engine tubes and covering made up the top portion of the shoe.
Air Jordan XX (February 2005, $175)
As Jordan began competing in bike races in 2004, low-cut motorcycle shoes served as inspiration. More than 200 icons were included in the strap. On each heel of the sneaker, Jordan’s accomplishments were recorded. Over the shoe, a leash was cinched around the ankle.
Air Jordan XX2 (January 2007, $175)
Inspired by the F-22 fighter jet’s zigzag “radar” and camouflage heel cover. The support has titanium plating on it. Additionally, the shoe included adjustable cushioning for use on various terrain.
Air Jordan XX3 (February 2008, $185)
A waste-reduction Air Jordan made of green materials. One of the tongues bore Michael Jordan’s fingerprint, and the upper’s stitching was made with DNA in mind.
Air Jordan 2009 (January 2009, $190)
The glossy pleating and polishable leather were designed with running technology in mind. The mechanism for designating Roman numerals was also modified.
Air Jordan 2010 (February 2010, $170)
The side of the 25th anniversary Air Jordan had circular see-through glass. It was intended to represent Jordan’s capacity to look right through his opponents.
Air Jordan XX8 (February 2013, $250)
Numerous novel elements were used in the XX8, such as internal straps that wrap around the midsole and connect with the laces and a carbon fiber heel support. A Swiss cloth used for motorcycle jackets was utilized to construct the shoe’s exterior.
Air Jordan XX9 (September 2014, $225)
The upper of the 29th Air Jordan was woven using specialized equipment to have firm regions and softer, more flexible areas. The strategy resulted in fewer material layers and a more sock-like fit.
Air Jordan XXX (February 2016, $200)
Reverting to Roman numerals, the stitched-around XXX, which also served as a representation of a basketball net, was a crucial component of the design. The toe piece had the Air Jordan emblem.
Air Jordan XXXI (August 2016, $185)
The 2016 Air Jordan paid homage to the 1985 shoe that was famously banned and had the word “BANNED” written on the bottom. The heel has been padded with new air pods.
Air Jordan XXXII (October 2017, $185)
In order to represent Jordan’s championships, the articulated region around the ankle has six ridges. Flexible laces that blended with the knit upper’s fabric were
Air Jordan XXXIV (September 2019, $180)
The two support plates of the shoe interacted through a window through the sole to increase flexibility and explosiveness. The shoe’s design took a traditional route.