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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Jordan Nike Air 2012 Lite Jumpman Flywire Basketball-Blue Red Gold 10.5
$109.99
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2013 Nike Air Jordan IX 9 Retro Black Gym Red 302370-012 Johnny Kilroy BRED 10.5
$127.50
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Air Jordan 4 IV Bred OG 2013
$185.00
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Air Jordan Retro IV 4 Bred 2012 Kobe Yeezy Nike Lebron Authentic DS Size 10.5
$299.99
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Nike Air Jordan Retro 3 III NEW 2013 Release White Fire Red Sz. 10 10.5 IV 4 V 5
$250.00
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Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro Cement 2011 Sz 11
$235.00
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2012 Nike Air Jordan IV 4 Retro BLACK CEMENT GREY FIRE RED BRED DS SZ 9
$399.99
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Nike Air Jordan 2011 PE Jordan Brand Classic West East 23 Blue sz 9
$275.00
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Air Jordan Retro IX 9 Olive 2012 Yeezy DMP Lebron Kobe DS Size 10.5 SoleLegit
$177.50
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Air Jordan 2011 Warrior Pack Varsity Red Wolf Grey MDM Grey SUPER RARE!!!
$400.00
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2013 Nike Air Jordan 5 V "Grape" Retro Size 13
$162.50
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NIKE AIR JORDAN 2012 LITE EV PHOTO BLUE WHITE OBSIDIAN BLACK 535859 407 10.5
$59.99
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BRAND NWT 2012 NIKE Air Jordan III 3 Retro BLACK CRIMSON RED CEMENT PURPLE DS
$239.99
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2012 NIKE Air Jordan Retro 10 X 487214 107 sz 9.5 Royal Blue Chica
$131.78
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New Men's 2013 Nike Air Jordan VIII 8 Retro 305381-103 SZ 11 Bugs Bunny
$188.90
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Nike 2011 Air Jordan XIV 14 Retro Graphite Navy-White 311832-011 Hoyas SZ 12
$207.77
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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.

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