Evolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020

Evolution of Nike’s Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020

Shoes were just shoes for the first 80-some-odd years of the 20th century. Then in the mid-1980s, Nike released a pair of shoes featuring a certain ex-Tarheel...

As legend has it, the iconic 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.

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Below is a look at each and every pair of Air Jordan shoes released by Nike, a total of 34 in all (not counting the many colorways and variations). Next to each pair is Nike's motto for the shoe (if any) and the year in which they debuted.

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Air Jordan IEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 1 - "Notorious" - 1985

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Air Jordan IIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 3 - "Italian Stallion" - 1986

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Air Jordan IIIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 5 - "Gotta Be the Shoes" - 1988

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Air Jordan IVEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 7 - "Taking Flight" - 1989

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Air Jordan VEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 9 - "The Fighter" - 1990

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Air Jordan VIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 11 - "Promised Land" - 1991

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Air Jordan VIIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 13 - "Pure Gold" - 1992

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Air Jordan VIIIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 15 - "Strap In" - 1993

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Air Jordan IXEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 17 - "Perfect Harmony" - 1993

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Air Jordan XEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 19 - "The Legacy Continues" - 1994

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Air Jordan XIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 21 - "Class Act" - 1995

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Air Jordan XIIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 23 - "The Dynasty Continues" - 1996

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Air Jordan XIIIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 25 - "Black Cat Pounces" - 1997

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Air Jordan XIVEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 27 - "Race Ready" - 1998

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Air Jordan XVEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 29 - "Speed of Sound" - 1999

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Air Jordan XVIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 31 - "Marching On" - 2001

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Air Jordan XVIIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 33 - "Jazzed Up" - 2002

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Air Jordan XVIIIEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 35 - "Last Dance" - 2003

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Air Jordan XIXEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 37 - "Full Flex" - 2004

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Air Jordan XXEvolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 39 - "Living Greatness" - 2005

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Air Jordan XX1Evolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 41 - "Performance Luxury DNA" - 2006

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Air Jordan XX2Evolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 43 - "Hit the Afterburners" - 2007

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Air Jordan XX3Evolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 45 - "The Number of Greatness" - 2008

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Air Jordan 2009Evolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 47- "Beyond" - 2009

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Air Jordan 2010Evolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 49- "Full Speed Ahead" - 2010

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Air Jordan 2011Evolution of Nike's Air Jordan Shoe Series: 1984-2020 51 - 2011

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Air Jordan 2012 - "Choose Your Flight" - 2012

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Air Jordan XX8 - "Dare to Fly" - 2013

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Air Jordan XX9 - 2014

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Air Jordan XXX - 2016

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Air Jordan XXXI - 2016

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Air Jordan 32 (XXXII) - 2017

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Air Jordan 33 (XXXIII) - 2018

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Air Jordan 34 (XXXIV) - 2019

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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…

  12. Love the 13 felt so good on my feet and they were crazy when it came to the look. I have 2 pairs white ones and black ones keep them in the box and wouldn’t trade for nothing, and can’t wait for them to come back out, 2 more pair. Ya heard.

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