Evolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2014

Evolution of Nike’s Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2014

Shoes were just shoes for the first 80 some odd years of the 20th century. Then in the mid-80's, Nike released a pair of shoes featuring a certain ex-Tarheel...

As legend has it, the legendary sneaker series almost never lifted off. Soon after Michael Jordan debuted the Air Jordan I, the NBA stepped in and banned the shoe because they featured "non-regulation" colors. Suffice it to say, Jordan didn't listen and thusly, the great basketball shoe boom began.

Below is a look at each and every pair of Air Jordan shoes released by Nike, a total of 29 in all (not counting variations). Next to each pair is Nike's motto for the shoe and the year in which they debuted.

Air Jordan I Image - "Notorious" - 1984-85

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Air Jordan II Image - "Italian Stalion" - 1987

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Air Jordan III Image - "Gotta Be the Shoes" - 1988

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Air Jordan IV Image - "Taking Flight" - 1989

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Air Jordan V Image - "The Fighter" - 1990

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Air Jordan VI Image - "Promised Land" - 1991

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Air Jordan VII Image - "Pure Gold" - 1992


Air Jordan VIII Image - "Strap In" - 1993

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Air Jordan IX Image - "Perfect Harmony" - 1994

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Air Jordan X Image - "The Legacy Continues" - 1995

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Air Jordan XI Image - "Class Act" - 1996

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Air Jordan XII Image - "The Dynasty Continues" - 1997


Air Jordan XIII Image - "Black Cat Pounces" - 1998

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Air Jordan XIV Image - "Race Ready" - 1999

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Air Jordan XV Image - "Speed of Sound" - 2000

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Air Jordan XVI Image - "Marching On" - 2001


Air Jordan XVII Image - "Jazzed Up" - 2002


Air Jordan XVIII Image - "Last Dance" - 2003


Air Jordan XIX Image - "Full Flex" - 2004


Air Jordan XX Image - "Living Greatness" - 2005

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Air Jordan XX1 Image - "Performance Luxury DNA" - 2006


Air Jordan XX2 Image - "Hit the Afterburners" - 2007


Air Jordan XX3 Image - "The Number of Greatness" - 2008

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Air Jordan 2009 Image- "Beyond" - 2009

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Air Jordan 2010 Image- "Full Speed Ahead" - 2010


Air Jordan 2011 Image - 2011

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Air Jordan 2012 - "Choose Your Flight"

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Air Jordan XX8 - "Dare to Fly"

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Air Jordan XX9 -  Releases September 2014

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Air Jordan XX9 2 Image Air Jordan XX9 1 Image

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2013 Mens Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro 97 TXT SZ 8.5 Blue Yellow Squadron 555071-445
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DS Size 11 Mens Air Jordan Fire Red 5s Pure Money 5's OG 2013 Flip 3s 4s 5s 13s
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Nike Men's 2012 Air Jordan IV 4 Retro White Red-Black 308497-110 Fire Red SZ 12
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RARE NIKE AIR JORDAN 2012 LITE Light Graphite Taxi-Black 524922-040 SIZE 12 US
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2013 Nike Air Jordan Spizike Men Sz 13. Black Yellow University Gold New In box
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NDS Air Jordan 2012 Q Sz. 9 508320182
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2012 NIke Air Jordan 4 IV Retro Cavs Cavaliers The Shot 308497 027 sz 9
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New 2012 Nike Men's Air Jordan 4 Retro IV White 308497-110 Fire red SZ 10.5
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New Men's 2013 Nike Air Jordan VIII 8 Retro 305381-103 SZ 12 Bugs Bunny
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Nike Mens 2012 Air Jordan Spiz'Ike 315371-415 Year Of The Dragon SZ 10.5
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Nike Men's 2013 Air Jordan V 5 Retro Black Cool Grey-White 136027-035 Oreo SZ 11
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Nike Mens 2012 Air Jordan IV 4 Retro White Grey Military Blue 308497-105 SZ 8.5
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Nike 2012 Air Jordan IV 4 Retro Black White-Tour Yellow 308497-008 Thunder SZ 12
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Nike 2012 Air Jordan IX 9 Retro Black White-Photo Blue 302370-007 SZ 8.5
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Nike 2013 Air Jordan III 3 Retro Black Purple-Infrared 136064-005 Crimson SZ 8
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Mens 2012 Nike Air Jordan X 10 Retro TXT White Old Royal-Stealth 487214-107 SZ 9
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  1. I am loving the Nike Jordans, my husband says if he and his kids can’t wear Jordans then it don’t make sense :) he has always worn them and now he even has me crazy about them and I’m a more flipflop/ sandal type girl. Also would love 2 know and see more of the jordan sneaker boots, especially love a cute pink and white pair my sis in law has a picture of. Keep bring the hot styles.

  2. I love the Jordans Phat low the most. Got 6 of them. The hightops is not my thing.

  3. Extremely helpful page… trying to figure this out in a store is impossible. thank you!

  4. Nice organization. Earlier model looks better than newer ones. :)

  5. You do not have a picture of the first Air Jordan. The first Air Jordan was white and was really just the Nike Air Airship model. I have pictures of both shoes in a folder on Facebook Dean Holsman.

  6. The Air Jordan XX8 “Dare to Fly” looks sick!!

  7. Trying to locate Nike air size 12 item 173134-141-00 UPC 1062442

  8. Jordan needs to produce more to put out in stores so that stores wont have to sell tickets or raffles. There should be enough for everyone that wants to purchase if they want. Thats one reason that people are starting to not want to buy. It cause a lot of conflick.

  9. I like the early jordans but the later ones aren’t as appealing visually. Although the Jordan 2010’s are a return to form.

  10. I agree Deidre. Especially considering the violence and even murders that have occurred as a result of people fighting to get them on release day (or night). I like that there is scarcity because it creates value, but certainly there has to be a better way to deal with it then this

  11. picture of the bred 12’s is fake

  12. no such thing as “bred” 12’s, they are call “flu game” 12’s lmfao

  13. There were 2 versions of the first jordans, i.e. the red white and blacks (shown above, first picture) and the red and blacks (not shown). Jordan would usually wear the latter with his away/road uniform, but very seldom wore the former. Instead, at home he would typically don the the version shown in the 2nd pic with the black front. This version however, was not available to the public. As a side note, my friend bought a pair of the red / blacks, and I bought the red/white/blacks, then we swapped one and had the cool mismatching one on each foot.

  14. I had a pair of every style 1- 16. After XVI the J’s were complete garbage. Even the 15’s and 16’s were questionable. My favorites are the 2, 9, 10, 11,12, 13, 14. Thats it.

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