Evolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2015

Evolution of Nike’s Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2015

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 - "Notorious" - 1984-85


Air Jordan II - "Italian Stalion" - 1987


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


Air Jordan IV - "Taking Flight" - 1989


Air Jordan V - "The Fighter" - 1990


Air Jordan VI - "Promised Land" - 1991


Air Jordan VII - "Pure Gold" - 1992


Air Jordan VIII - "Strap In" - 1993


Air Jordan IX - "Perfect Harmony" - 1994


Air Jordan X - "The Legacy Continues" - 1995


Air Jordan XI - "Class Act" - 1996


Air Jordan XII - "The Dynasty Continues" - 1997


Air Jordan XIII - "Black Cat Pounces" - 1998


Air Jordan XIV - "Race Ready" - 1999


Air Jordan XV - "Speed of Sound" - 2000


Air Jordan XVI - "Marching On" - 2001


Air Jordan XVII - "Jazzed Up" - 2002


Air Jordan XVIII - "Last Dance" - 2003


Air Jordan XIX - "Full Flex" - 2004


Air Jordan XX - "Living Greatness" - 2005


Air Jordan XX1 - "Performance Luxury DNA" - 2006


Air Jordan XX2 - "Hit the Afterburners" - 2007


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


Air Jordan 2009- "Beyond" - 2009


Air Jordan 2010- "Full Speed Ahead" - 2010


Air Jordan 2011 - 2011

Air Jordan 2012 - "Choose Your Flight" - 2012

2012 Nike Air Jordan

Air Jordan XX8 - "Dare to Fly" - 2013

Air Jordan XX8

Air Jordan XX9 - 2014

Air Jordan XX9

Air Jordan XX9 1

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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.

  15. i want the columbiansssssssssssss

  16. i just have a AJXX9 , red color. i want get more . anybody know where to get ?

  17. i have a pair of nike air shoes and on the tongue it says SIX453…the shoes are white and black new with sticker tags never worn ….i cannot find these anywhere on the internet checked nike.com and googled nike air SIX453 shoes and still cant find anything out about these….can someone help me and let me know if these are valuable shoes and where i can research them? thank you

  18. how can i find the sneakers mj wore in gator aide commercial while running threw desert , meeting the monk? i had a pair with matching shirt & shorts s.o.s

  19. I love Jordan’s because they are the center of the world for basketball shoes. I have four Jordan, and let me just say that I would never trade any of them, no madder how much money they offer. what im trying to say is that Jordans shoes really changed my life.

  20. i think these shoes are ugly and not something i would wear.

  21. Back in 1996 I was in high school and got my first pair, the “Class Act” in black and white…Brings back a lot of memories…

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