Jordan Brand will officially debut the Air Jordan XXX this weekend and to celebrate the milestone, ESPN ranked every Air Jordan 1-XX9.
Adam Reisinger of ESPN and sneaker collector Chad Jones aka “Sneaker Galactus” took the time to rank the entire legacy of Air Jordans from the original Air Jordan 1 to the most recent Air Jordan XX9.
Check out the Top 5 rankings below and head over to ESPN to see the entire list. Let us know what you guys think in the comments section. List your guys Top 5 below.
5. Air Jordan 12
Adam: The sneaker that took the Jordan line from a Nike product to its own brand has held up remarkably well through the years, thanks in large part to its association with Michael’s epic “Flu Game.”
Chad: The Japanese flag inspiration and remarkable durability made this shoe a favorite. And who can forget the “Flu Game,” arguably one of the most dramatic moments in NBA Finals history?
4. Air Jordan 4
Adam: This is the sneaker featured in the legendary scene in “Do The Right Thing” — the movie that turned Spike Lee into Mars Blackmon and turned Mars into Jordan’s right-hand man in an unforgettable series of ads.
Chad: “Do the Right Thing” featured this shoe on the character of Buggin Out. I felt for him when his brand-new Air Jordans got stepped on. It was a sign of the times and tensions going on in Brooklyn at the time. I can still hear “Fight the Power” every time I look at this shoe.
3. Air Jordan 11
Adam: There’s a reason this is the retro edition Nike puts out every year at Christmas. This is the shoe everyone wants on their feet, and it’s been that way since the moment Boyz II Men rocked them at the 1996 Grammys.
Chad: I don’t think there was a more appealing pair of sneakers ever made than the Concord XI. It was super stylish and supportive. It also helped that the best player in the world grabbed another ring after coming back from retirement.
2. Air Jordan 3
Adam: This was the first sneaker to sport the famed Jumpman logo, and Jordan Brand might not exist today without it. It looks good, it feels good. It’s basically perfect.
Chad: Who doesn’t love the iconic cement print? Oh and jumping from the free throw line in a dunk contest is pretty cool, too. My personal favorite Air Jordan model.
1. Air Jordan 1
Adam: The original. The icon. When you say “Air Jordan,” this is the sneaker people think of. It still looks fresh more than 30 years later, and it’s hard to imagine the popularity of the first Jordan fading anytime soon.
Chad: You can still wear a pair of these from 1985. For that alone, this shoe gets my top nod.