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

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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

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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

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Air Jordan XVII Image - "Jazzed Up" - 2002

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Air Jordan XVIII Image - "Last Dance" - 2003

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Air Jordan XIX Image - "Full Flex" - 2004

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Air Jordan XX Image - "Living Greatness" - 2005

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

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

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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

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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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Mens Jordan Retro 3 Fire Red 2013 sz 12 w 2 matching Elephant Air Tshirts sz L
$160.00
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Air Jordan 11's Blue Snakeskin Low and Red low 2011 sz 14
$163.50
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2013 Nike Air Jordan I Retro 1 JOKER ALL-STAR BLACK PURPLE GREEN 136065-021 13
$169.99
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NDS Air Jordan Retro 6 Olympics 2012 Size 10.5 #384664-130
$310.00
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Nike Air Jordan 2011 Retro New School Black Red White 469955-001 Size 9.5
$73.95
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Nike Air Jordan 4 IV Retro Fire Red White Black 308497 110 Mars Men Sz Shoe 2012
$269.98
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Air Jordan 2011 All Stars Royal Blue
$210.00
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Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro sz 11 Black Varsity Red White Bred 2012
$474.95
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Air jordan 2011 metallic 5 Size 9
$120.00
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New Men's 2011 Nike Air Jordan 2011 Black Neon Lime 436771-003 SZ 11
$134.58
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New Men's 2013 Nike Air Jordan I 1 Retro High OG Orange 555088-407 SZ 11 Knicks
$185.98
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New Men's 2012 Nike Air Jordan Golden Moment Pack VI & VII 535357-935 SZ 18
$422.13
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Nike Mens 2013 Air Jordan X 10 Retro White Light Steel Grey 310805-103 SZ 12
$180.06
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New 2012 Nike Men's Air Jordan 2012 Wolf Grey Black-Silver Ice 484654-001 SZ 12
$101.44
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New 2011 Nike Men's Air Jordan 1 PHAT I Black Action Green-White 364770-007 SZ 9
$67.64
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New 2013 Men's Nike Air Jordan IV 4 Retro Oreo Fear Pack 626969-030 SZ 14
$243.51
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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

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