It won’t be hard to find a ranking of the best Air Jordan sneakers and that’s because the brand’s comprehensive catalog of signature silhouettes is unparalleled in the world of sneakers. The Air Jordan started off as Nike’s first sneaker for Michael Jordan, the up and coming rookie out of the University of North Carolina who was destined for stardom before he ever laced up his first pair. Now, years later, the demand for retros and highly coveted colorways is a perpetual cycle that constantly pumps out sneakers to a point where the brand’s annual calendar releases have become a yearly tradition, subject to the commentary of the brand’s fans, its adversaries, and of course, the sneaker blogs.
Some of those blogs, I’ve written for. Mostly covering sneaker news and lifestyle, studying and writing about sneakers has been my preferred occupation. Penning pieces for both Footwear News and Complex’s sneaker blogs Sole Collector and Complex Sneakers I can’t help but feel like a sneaker anthropologist, constantly internalizing releases, ranking them as a reflex, and considering the impact they might have on the subculture as a whole.
Whether you’ve just picked up your first pair or have been a collector for years, everybody has their own opinion on Air Jordans and more specifically which ones are the best. From the point of view of not only a tried and true sneakerhead but a true enthusiast, this is my calculated list of the 23 best Air Jordans of all time.