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The "Jumpman" logo is used by Nike to promote the Air Jordan brand.

Air Jordan(s), or simply Jordans are a brand of shoes produced by Nike originally designed for and endorsed by professional NBA basketball player Michael Jordan. The Air Jordan line is now sold by Jordan Brand, Since its first release in 1985, there have been new designs of the shoe released each year, even after Michael Jordan retired from the NBA.

Collectors classify the Air Jordan line by release year and model: Originals (OG), Retros (shoes that have been recreated for sale to the general public), Retro-pluses (Retro +, Air Jordans that are similar to the Original product, with more up-to-date changes), Player Exclusive (PE, Air Jordans that are exclusive to certain athletes in the realm of sports) and Samples. The Jordan Brand also produces a line of Team shoes, separate from the signature line of Ai.

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Air Jordan I

Air Jordan I, first Nike sneakers for MJ

Designed by Peter Moore and released in 1985, the Air Jordan I pair of sneakers was considered a breakthrough in basketball shoe design,[1] although its design was improved upon later with the Nike Dunk. The shoe initially gained a great deal of publicity and interest when the shoe during games because its vibrant black and red color violated the league's uniform rules and when Michael was fined five thousand dollars every time he wore the shoes during a game. Nonetheless, other companies scrambled to emulate the design and introducing knock-off brands of the Air Jordan line. In 1994 the Air Jordan 1 was re-released with dismal success. The retro Jordan 1s were released in 2009.

Air Jordan II

The Air Jordan II model was released after Jordan's second year in the NBA. The Air Jordan II featured high quality Italian leather and its design was inspired from a 19th century Italian woman's boot. The original 2s were produced in Italy. These were the only shoes from the Air Jordan line to not originally be released in a black color placement. Reintroduced in its original color scheme in 2004 (black, white, and red), a new black/silver colorway was released as well as a Carmelo Anthony colorway of white, Carolina Blue, and yellow. It has been rumored that Jordan would release a Varsity Red and White shoe. Though very rare, these do exist. The Air Jordan II shoe was also the first Nike sneaker to not feature the Nike swoosh logo. They were featured briefly in the movie School Daze. The Air Jordan II was actually released during the 87-88 NBA season. This is Jordan's third year in the league, as he wore the Air Jordan I for his first two years. The shoe also has a limited edition, Eminem Jordan Retro 2, which included lyrics on the shoe.[2] There were only 313 pairs sold due to 313 being Detroit's area code.

Air Jordan III

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The Air Jordan III was designed by Tinker Hatfield. It was the first Air Jordan to feature a visible air unit on the heel, the new Jumpman logo, an elephant print trim, and tumble leather for a luxury look. The Air Jordan III were also famous for the humorous ads depicting Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon—the character he played in his film 'She's Gotta Have It'. This campaign was known as "Mars and Mike" ad campaign, which still holds the title today as one of Nike's most successful advertisement campaigns. These were the first Jordans to feature the "NIKE AIR" logo on the back, but later replaced by the Jumpman logo, with the words "AIR" underneath it, similar to the Air Jordan VI. These were said to be Michael Jordan's favorite shoes, he wore them during the 1988 Dunk Championship (which he won) and many other historical events in his basketball career. The Air Jordan 3 also is one of the most famous shoes in the Air Jordan lineup. On many polls, the Air Jordan 3 finishes as the greatest sneaker of all time.

The Air Jordan III's had poor sales when first retro'ed in 1994. However when they were re-retro'ed they sold out instantly. A pair of the Air Jordan III model can be sold for over 300 dollars on various sites, one in particular being eBay. The long awaited "Fire Red" Air Jordan III was released in March 2007. The original Air Jordan III had the "NIKE AIR" logo on the back. Nike replaced it with the Jumpman logo on recent Air Jordan models such as the "Black Cats" or the "Pure Moneys."

In 2007, Jordan brand collaborated with director Spike Lee to release a limited pair of Air Jordan III's in a special colorway to resemble the Do The Right Thing movie poster.

2007 also saw the retroed versions of the Air Jordan III's in two monotone colorways, all black and all white, nicknamed the "Black Cats" and the "Pure Moneys" respectively.

2007 also had the "Flips" which moved the elephant print from the trim to the entire shoe and replacing it with white leather, indeed "Flipping" the original design of white leather with elephant print trim.

In 2009 Jordan Brand will be re-retroing the highy sought after Air Jordan 3 in the True Blue colourway. It has been confirmed that they will be an international-only release, meaning the US will not be selling them in stores. The sole and mid-sole in these shoes take part in the inspiration of the Jordan Spiz'ike, inspired by the Mars Blackmon character.

Air Jordan IV

The Air Jordan IV shoe was first released in 1989, designed once again by Tinker Hatfield. It became the first Jordan shoe released on the global market, with some exceptions. The Air Jordan IV cushioning sole and design helped to make the shoe an international bestseller.

Spike Lee, the director/actor who helped in the ad campaign for the Air Jordan III, created the Can/Can't TV commercial. Lee also featured the Air Jordan IV in his movie Do The Right Thing in a scene where the character "Buggin Out" (played by Giancarlo Esposito) angrily confronts a bicyclist who accidentally bumps into him and scuffs his Air Jordan IV shoes. After the confrontation, Buggin Out promptly places his shoe on a fire hydrant and cleans it with a toothbrush.

The shoe was retroed in 1999 in a white/black colorway and a black/cement colorway, and stores were sold out of Air Jordan IV within hours of release. However, when Nike released the first Retro+ of the Air Jordan IV, many fans of the shoe claimed that the company had "destroyed a classic" by removing the nets on the shoe along with making some other subtle changes. One example being "NIKE AIR" logo featured on the back of the shoe being replaced with the Jumpman logo.

In 2006, Nike released several variations of the Air Jordan IV, including "Mars Blackmons" ("Red" IV's with Spike Lee's alter ego on the heel)[3], "Military Blues" [4], and the $500 "Thunder and Lightning" package. Also released the Mist blue color and all white and all black.

These particular variations of the shoe also takes part in the inspiration of the Air Jordan Spiz'ike (the shoe's side-lace strap)and the Nike Yeezy, a shoe designed by Kanye West.

Air Jordan V

The original Air Jordan V was released in February 1990, again designed by Hatfield. Some elements were the same from the Air Jordan IV, but the Air Jordan V's most distinctive feature is arguably its reflective tongue. There was also another innovation: clear rubber soles. The soles gave the shoe a whole new and unique look, but it yellowed over time when exposed to moisture. To combat this problem, collectors stored the shoes in a cool, dry place with a desiccant at the soles, most commonly silica.

The Air Jordan V also featured a base top with lace locks, making strapping on the shoe easy. The lacelock feature partly inspired the Air Jordan Spiz'ike. The Air Jordan V model is considered to have the best structure and design to wear during basketball games and sold the most pairs of shoes from the Air Jordan line.

Hatfield is believed to have drawn inspiration for the Air Jordan V from the World War II Mustang fighter plane; which is most notably visible in the shark teeth shapes on the midsole. The Air Jordan V was retroed in 2000 to great demand, including a new colorway featuring Michael Jordan's high school (Laney High) colors. In 2006 several re-retro V's had released including the very popular LS "Grape" V's, the LS "burgundy" V's, the popular "Fire-Red" V's, the "Green Bean" V's, and "Stealth Blue"[5] V's. Along with the latter, a very limited laser design and the black/metallic/fire red[6] colorways were released in early 2007.

In the month of May 2009, Air Jordan confirmed the release of an "DMP II" consisting of two Air Jordan V's. In March, there has been recent picture leaks of this product, which is also referred as "The Raging Bull" Package. The most of the leaked pictures are of the first Jordan V color way which consist of a composition of buttery varsity red suede on the upper. Paired alongside the eye-catching color is black on the midsole, lace area, tongue and a crystal-clean sole and the classic 3M material tongue.[7].The second color way features a 3M material base with black laces and midsole. The retail price was $310.[8]

Air Jordan VI

The Air Jordan VI was released in late 1990 and designed by Tinker Hatfield. Jordan won his first NBA Championship wearing these sneakers. These sneakers were originally designed for the former N enzel Harris, but were later taken off the market due to lack of sales.

In 2000 an Olympic colorway was released with a mixture of white, royal blue, and a hint of red (lacelocks) to symbolize the U.S.A. colors.

In 2008 a second Olympic colorway was released that consisted of an all-white patent leather upper, black tongue, and all of the Olympic rings' colors on the midsole. On the toebox of the shoe is an embroidered Chinese flower as a symbol of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

To celebrate the defining moment of Jordan’s first championship Nike released a commemorative Black/Gold Air Jordan 6 packaged with a White/Black/Gold Jordan 11 sold as the “Defining Moments Package”. It was released on January 28, 2006 and sold for $295.00.

The entire tongue, and part of the lace locks of the Jordan VI were inspiration for the Air Jordan Spiz'ike. The lace locks and back tab of the Jordan VI were also inspiration for the Air Jordan "Six Rings".

Air Jordan VII

Air Jordan VII sneakers especially released for 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

The Air Jordan VII was released in late 1991. Tinker Hatfield created the Air Jordan VII which had many similarities with the Air Jordan VI model. The Air Jordan VII was unique because it used some of the Nike Huarache technology to create a shoe that really stuck to the consumer's foot. The visible air sole, the Nike Air logo, and the yellowing soles all were no longer featured on the Air Jordan VII. The Air Jordan VII model is also commonly known as the "Hares" because the commercials promoting the shoe featured cartoon character Bugs Bunny.

When Jordan went to compete at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics to play for the US Men's Basketball Team (also known as the "Dream Team"), Nike released a special Olympic color combo of the Air Jordan VII model which featured Jordan's Olympic jersey number, 9 while all of the previous Air Jordan models that featured his jersey number had always been the number 23.

Various retros of the Air Jordan VII were released in 2002, again in 2004, and again with different colors in 2006. Also in 2008 Nike released a black and blue pair owned only by Cheikh Mbacké, ordered for $600.[citation needed]

Air Jordan VIII

The Air Jordan VIII was released to coincide with the 1992-1993 NBA season.

The eighth model of the Air Jordan was noticeably heavier than its predecessors. Its base was clearly close to that of the Air Jordan VII model, but it had a lot more details, including two crossover straps on each shoe and a furry Jumpman logo. Thus the Air Jordan VIII model became known as the "flower-power Air Jordan". This shoe was only made in three different color combinations. The shoes were produced in less quantity than the VII. The Air Jordan VIII was re-retroed in September 2007 in its aqua[9] and black/red color along with a navy and orange and a white and orange[10] colorway.

Air Jordan IX

Originally released in November 1993, the Air Jordan IX model was the first Air Jordan model release after his retirement. It is noted that Michael Jordan has never played a full season of NBA Basketball wearing these sneakers. This model was created in the form of baseball cleats that Jordan used when playing minor-league baseball.

The white/black version of the Air Jordan IX model was worn by Jordan for one scene in the 1996 movie Space Jam.

Like the Air Jordan VIIs and VIII model's, the Air Jordan IX model featured an inner sock sleeve and nubuck accents. The sole featured different symbols and languages of different countries.

The Air Jordan IX has been the shoe chosen to adorn Jordan's feet for his statue outside of the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

In popular culture, in the children's movie The Little Rascals one of the bullies chasing Alf Alfa and Spanky is wearing a pair of Air Jordan IX.

American Rap Icon Tupac Shakur was also known to wear Air Jordans in a popular "Thug Life" photo set in 1993.

Air Jordan X

The Air Jordan X represents an important landmark in Jordan's basketball career. This represents Jordan's first retirement from the NBA. Inscribed on the soles of the shoes is a list of Jordan's accomplishments up to 1993. The list of accomplishments is as follows (1985–1994):

85 ROOKIE OF YEAR 86 63 POINTS 87 SCORING TITLE 88 DUNK CHAMP 89 ALL DEFENSE 90 SCORES 63 POINTS 91 MVP/CHAMPIONSHIP 92 MVP/CHAMPIONSHIP 93 MVP/CHAMPIONSHIP 94 BEYOND

This shoe was also known as "the comeback sneaker" because while the Air Jordan X was in the production stages, Jordan was seemingly finished with basketball and had taken up the game of baseball. But as baseball went on strike, Jordan was left with nothing to do and decided to return to the game he had dominated for so many years. He returned to the game of basketball on March 19, 1995 wearing the Air Jordan X’s, but unlike many other of his shoes which had the number “23” engraved in them, the X’s had the number “45” on them because Jordan was forced to wear the number 45 because his old number 23 had been retired.

Air Jordan XI

The Air Jordan XI model was designed by Tinker Hatfield. While Jordan was still pursuing a career in baseball, Hatfield designed the shoe in hopes that Michael would eventually wear it if he returned to the NBA.

The Jordan XI was meant to stand out with a fusion of performance and style. Taken from the world of high-end mountaineering backpacks, the condura nylon upper gave the Air Jordan XI model lightweight durability. Further innovation came with the use of a carbon fiber plate on the sole of the shoe, that can be seen underneath the clear outsole, which gave the shoe exceptional torsional rigidity. The most visually distinct aspect of the shoe was its shiny patent leather mid and toebox. A material long used in the fashion industry, patent leather was extremely lightweight, when compared to genuine leather, and also tended not to stretch - a very useful property to help keep the foot within the bounds of the shoebed during quick direction changes on the court. The shiny leather gave the XI what many described as a "formal" look - a fact that many owners of the shoe took advantage of thereafter, pairing the shoe off the court with business suits in substitution for dress shoes. Boyz II Men wore black and white Air Jordan XI shoes with white suits at one of their concerts.

Jordan wore the Air Jordan XI model to help the Chicago Bulls claim the 1995-1996 NBA championship. The legacy of the shoe was transferred to the silver screen as Jordan wore a black/white/royal blue colorway of the Air Jordan XI model in the 1996 Warner Bros. animated movie "Space Jam" (these shoes were eventually released in 2001 with the tag name "Space Jams") which was then fined for $5,000 for not respecting the Bulls colorway policy.

Air Jordan XII

The Air Jordan XII was inspired by "Nisshoki", (the Japanese flag) and a 19th century womans' dress boot. Initial public perception was a disappointment. However, featuring gold-plated steel lace loops, embossed lizard skin pattern and zoom air, this model set a new direction in style and technology in shoe design. Though not as light in weight as previous models, the construction and firmness of the shoe is widely considered to be the most durable and sturdy shoes from the Air Jordan line ever made. This shoe known as "OG's' came in 5 colorways and was released on March 13. The shoe was released on December 25, 2008 with the Eleven as the final countdown pack. In addition, the Twelve was combined with the Thirteen numbered Jordan to produce the 12.5. As of today, the 11/12 countdown package (retro) retails for $400–$550, well above the starting price of $310.

Air Jordan XIII

The Air Jordan XIII's were released in 1997. This model was designed by Tinker Hatfield and were known for its cushioning along with allowing one's feet to breathe while wearing them. They were re-released in 2005, which coincided with the release of the Air Jordan XX shoe. These were the last retros wore as a Chicago Bull. The inspiration for the XIIIs were based on the Black Panther, If you look at the bottoms, the sole looks like the pads on a panthers paw. Also the sides on the upper are pitted just like a panthers cheeks from its whiskers and the hologram on the back of the shoe imitating a panthers eyes in the dark when light is shined at them. Alike the Air Jordan XI and XII, there are a pair of Air Jordan's very similar to another, one consisting of blue and gray, and one blue and white.

These were not the last shoes worn by jordan as a bull. In the last game of the 1998 finals he wore a pair of the all black jordan xiv's. these shoes are now dubbed the final/last shots.

Air Jordan XIV

The Air Jordan XIV (14) was released in 1998/1999.

This was the very last Air Jordan model that Michael would sport in NBA before his retirement. On January 13, 1999, Michael announced his retirement from the NBA basketball for the second time.

Retired in style The design was inspired by Michaels car, the Ferrari 550 M, and was made by Tinker Hatfield together with Mark Smith. A great stylish design and a great shoe for Michael to end his NBA career in.

This was the first Air Jordan that would feature laces with metal tips. Something that both the XV's and XVI's designs also would use.

14 = XIV The XIV's also begun the trend of having a number of things that would count towards the model# of the shoe. On the XIV's each shoe had seven jumpmans; ferrari-like shield, insole, sole, back, 2 x lacetip and front. Counting them on both shoes makes it a total of 14 (XIV) Jumpmans. [11]

Air Jordan XV

The Air Jordan XV (15) was released in 1999/2000.

This was it. The first shoe after Michael's retirement. It couldn't have been easy for Nike to decide to release a shoe when the athlete that endorsing the product had just retired. But the decision turned out to be good.

The design of the XV's originated from the air craft X-15 which was developed by NASA during the 1950s and was, to say the least, a bit radical.

The tongue of the shoe was sticking out in a style that very much made your thoughts go directly to Michael himself and his tongue sticking out. The sides of the shoe were in a woven pattern.

Many people said this was a rip-off of a Prada shoe when it comes to the red stripe at the back of the shoe. Maybe the Prada shoes were inspiration sources for Hatfield as well, but that's very uncertain.

[12] was made by Alec Scott, a friend of Michael

Air Jordan XVI

The Air Jordan XVI (16) was released in 2001.

Following the success of the XV's there was no doubt that Nike/JB would continue to release Air Jordan's. The XVI's were the next shoe to hit the shelfs. The XVI's were designed by Nike's Senior Footwear Designer Wilson Smith. This meaning it was the first design since the III's that Tinker Hatfield wasn't behind. Hatfield was said to have moved up and he left Smith with the hard task in creating a revolutionary new design. Smith decided to bring in a few design elements/fabrics from earlier releases. For instance we saw the return of the clear rubber sole (V, VI, XI) and they also featured patent leather (XI). But what made the XVI's unique was the brand new gaiter/shroud that covered the shoe and that could be removed to give the shoe a brand new look. Not only was this for stylish purposes, it also had a thermal functionality.

The shoe was a little stiff and to wear the shroud/gaiter when playing basketball really wasn't a good idea, as it pretty easily could fall off. The black/red and white/mn navy both featured patent leather which very easily got creased and cracked. Best for playing in were the one's without patent leater, for sure... [13]

Air Jordan XVII

This shoe comes equipped with Keefer, which held the shoes and a compact disc containing the Air Jordan XVII song. The retail price of the shoe was $200. The defining functional design element of the Air Jordan XVII model which was later replicated on the Air Jordan XXIII model was the reinforced midsole which provided a very sturdy and stable chassis for the shoe. The XVII is known as the most expensive Air Jordan model ever produced. They were made in four mid top colors and three lowtop colors.

Air Jordan XVIII

The Air Jordan XVIII was released in 2003 and was the shoe for Jordan’s last season (part 3), in which Jordan played for the Washington Wizards.

Creator of the design of the Air Jordan 18 was Tate Kuerbis (Jordan Senior Footwear Designer). A person that had been part of the Jordan footwear design team since 1999 and with Nike since 1995. The inspiration of the design is a combination of a number of things; Sleek racing lines of the auto world, Carbon fiber-based monocoque of F1 race cars, Race car driving shoes (rubber heel wrap) and Fine Italian dress shoes (bold stitching on the soles).

Air Jordan XIX

Released in 2004 and modeled after the black mamba snake, this is the first Jordan release after his third, and final, retirement which came after the 2002-2003 NBA season. Two original colorways where released: white/flint grey and black/red. Three regional colorways and three special edition colorways were released. They consisted of the East, West, and Midwest edition for regular and West, East, and Olympic for the SE (special edition).

The Air Jordan XIX used innovative materials. The upper section of shoe was developed in collaboration with the global materials consultancy Material ConneXion, who sourced Nike a monofilament sleeving normally used in architectural applications for protecting PVC pipes from bursting. In theory, this allowed for a lace-less shoe because the sleeving does not stretch, however the Air Jordan XIX model did include a set of laces behind the sleeve to better secure the shoe. They are the lightest Air Jordans ever made.[citation needed]

Air Jordan XX

This revolutionary motorcycle-inspired model celebrated the legacy of Michael Jordan. Equipped with next generation IPS cushion, a spherical shape and a laser etched design representing immortalized symbols of Jordan on its lace strap and interior gave this shoe a unique look and performance. As well as being inspired by motorcycles this design was also in inspired bicycling shoes this is why the strap was placed in the center of the shoe over the laces it also helped to create a tighter fit and increased support.

Air Jordan XX1/XXI

The design for the Air Jordan XXI model was inspired by the world's finest sport touring vehicles. The shoe features lower-foot air grilles, double-overlasted Phylon midsole, a carbon fiber shank plate and a seamless diamond-quilted booty. It also has an evolutionary tunable I.P.S. suspension system that lets the wearer choose between Zoom and Encapsulated air.

Air Jordan XX2/XXII

The Air Jordan XX2/XXII model, designed by Dwayne Edwards, was released on March 24, 2007. Its original retail price was $175 but has declined. The aggressive and sharp design was inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter jet. Some technical features of the shoe include an updated visible, interchangeable independent pod system, a new metallic mesh for ventilation, the Air Jordan camouflage pattern printed in reflective 3M, and an updated traction system, based on an army general's stripes.

There were two special editions of the Air Jordan XX2 model released. The first edition was released for Jordan's birthday on February 17. This edition featured an authentic Jordan Brand basketball leather. The second edition was the Omega model, part of the Alpha-Omega package. This model featured a laser-etched image of Jordan after he won his sixth NBA championship in 1998.

An entirely new line of Air Jordan XX2/XXII shoes called the player editions or "PE" were released with these shoes worn by NBA players from the Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Dallas Mavericks. This Air Jordan model featured a new strap around the heel and ankle.

The promo commercial for the XX2 was directed by Mark Romanek[14].

Air Jordan XX3/XXIII

Starting at the toe, the toe cap has Jordan’s signature embossed. The side of the shoe features a stitched pattern that gives the shoes strength in addition to cosmetic effect. The tongue of the left and right are different for a first time with a jumpman logo on the right shoe and the number “23″ embedded on the left shoe. The shoe also features a glittery glossy panel that covers the midsole body of the sneaker. This was the first Air Jordan that was engineered to not use any glue.

According to an article in Jet magazine, the XX3/XXIII is the first basketball shoe to be made under the "Considered" ethos, meaning the shoe is made with the environment in mind. The shoe was constructed using the absolute minimum amount of adhesive to make it more environmentally sound, while the soles (which are designed from Jordan's own fingerprint) are made from recycled rubber. It is considered the most technologically advanced Jordan model to date, and according to Gentry Humphrey, the head of the Jordan design team, it may be the last actual Air Jordan.

The shoe was released in three different colorways from January to February, with a limited edition release where 23 retailers around the world sold the shoe, before its national release in February.

The Air Jordan XX3/XXIII model had virtually eliminated the Jumpman logo. It is found only on the tongue of the right sneaker, and completely missing on the left sneaker, except on the ends of the shoelaces.

Air Jordan 2009

This shoe was released in early 2009. There were 2009 pairs produced, 1005 for sale in the USA and 1004 for elsewhere. It is called the 2009 because the Air Jordan shoe produced directly before it was the XX3/XXIII, and as Michael Jordan's number was 23, they didn't name any more shoes numerically.

Air Jordan 2010

It's also called the Air Jordan XX5/XXV. This is the 25th anniversary of the Air Jordan brand. This shoe was announced on November 12, 2009. It was confirmed the shoes will be released on February 13, 2010 and will retail for $170. Dwyane Wade will be endorsing the AJ 2010.

Other shoes from the Air Jordan line

  • "Air Jordan Dub Zeros"

The Air Jordan Dub Zeros were a new creation by Jordan Brand released in 2005. The Air Jordan Dub Zero is a mixture of a handful of Air Jordans. The Jordan Dub Zero features detailed embossing that celebrates the history of the Air Jordan franchise. The Air Jordan 20 was a tribute to Michael Jordan and his career.

The Air Jordan Dub Zero features some of the most recognizable pieces of the most famous Air Jordan shoes.

Jordan 4 The sole and midsole of the Air Jordan Dub Zero is made from the Air Jordan 4 sole.

Jordan 6 The loop on the back of the Air Jordan Dub Zero is from the Air Jordan 6.

Jordan 11 The patent leather on the Dub Zero got its inspiration from the Air Jordan 11.

Jordan 12 The “T W O 3″ on the tongue of the Dub Zero is from the Air Jordan 12.

Jordan 13 The shape of the upper of the Dub Zero come from the Air Jordan 13.

Jordan 15 The woven leather on the back of the Dub Zero is inspired by the Air Jordan 15.

Jordan 20 The laser etched upper of the Jordan Dub Zero is from the Air Jordan 20.

The Air Jordan Dub Zero is a unique shoe in itself from all other Jordan shoes. It is the only shoe that is a collaboration of several other Jordan shoes, but it is on its own since it is not part of the Air Jordan series, it is not a Retro Jordan, and is not part of the Jumpman Series nor the Jordan Lifestyle line. The shoe sold so well in 2005 that Jordan Brand brought the shoe back one last time at the end of 2006. The Jordan Brand released 4 other colorways of the Dub Zero starting in May 2009.

Like all Jordan shoes made, there are a lot of fake Jordan Dub Zeros. Most are quite humorous since there are many colorways floating around featuring Sponge Bob Dub Zeros.

Even though the Air Jordan Dub Zeros were made up of many Retro’s and previously released Jordans, this particular model was not a Retro. A total of five Air Jordan Dub Zeros have released, and sales for each one were well selling out for within days.

The Jordan Packages

  • "Defining Moments"

The Jordan Brand released their first two-pair package named the Defining Moments Package(DMP) which consisted of the Air Jordan VI Retro model and the Air Jordan XI Retro model. It was released on January 28, 2006. The Defining Moments package sold for $295.00. The Jumpman logo on the Air Jordan XI was gold, not black like in the OG and Retro versions.

  • "Defining Moments II"

The Jordan Brand released a second Defining Moments package. Another name of this Defining Moments package is the "Raging Bull" Package(RBP). The two-pair package consists two pairs of the Air Jordan V Retro model in a Varsity Red/Black-White (Red Suedes) and Black/Varsity Red with black 3M reflective material (Black 3M). The Defining Moments II or Raging Bull was released on May 23, 2009 and is sold for $310.00 or higher which is the same price as the Air Jordan Collezione Packages.

  • "Defining Moments III"

The Jordan Brand released a third Defining Moments package on July 11, 2009. The 60+ Air Jordan Retro 1 Package is inspired by MJ dropping 63 points on the Celtics in a double overtime playoff game during his rookie year. The Air Jordan Retro 1 60+ Package features a retro of the sneakers that MJ wore during the 63 point barrage, and a Retro Air Jordan 1 inspired by the Celtics colors and the parque floors from the old Boston Garden.

  • "Defining Moments IV"

The Jordan Brand released a fourth Defining Moments package on August 15, 2009. The Air Jordan Defining Moments Retro 7 pack include two pairs of memorable Jordan shoes that honor one of MJ's 60+ games, in this case, the 1993 performance in which MJ scored 64 points against Orlando. One pair features Chicago colors that resemble the OG "Raptor" version of the Air Jordan VII. The other pair features Orlando colors and a pinstriped tongue.

  • "Beginning Moments"

The Jordan Brand released their second two-pair package named the Beginning Moments Package (BMP) or Old Love New Love (OLNL) which consisted of the Air Jordan I Retro model in White/Black-Varsity Red (Black Toes) and Black/Varsity-Maize/White.[15] It was released on April 21, 2007. The Beginning Moments package was sold for $200.00.

  • "Air Jordan Spiz'ike"

The Air Jordan Spiz'ike combines the best elements from the Jordan 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 20. It was created to commemorate Spike Lee during the Mars Blackmon Era. First released in October, 2006.

It was initially nicknamed the “retro Frankenstein”, the Air Jordan Spizikes (Spiz’ikes) had as many haters as lovers initially and probably a few more. Many anticipated that this was going to be a bust, but when word got out that the first colorway of the Air Jordan Spizikes would only be available along I-95 (as per Spike Lee’s request), the hype for these shoes boomed!

Initially, the Air Jordan Spizikes were going to be released in only the first two colorways, but after the more than warm reception to the first colorway, Jordan Brand fast tracked 5 new colorways including one that is themed after another Spike Lee's “Do The Right Thing.”

There will be more colors of the Air Jordan Spizikes released than of the recent Air Jordan 3 retro re-release. The Air Jordan Spizikes take pieces from the following Air Jordans:

Air Jordan 3 - sole, midsole, and “Spike”/elephant print

Air Jordan 4 - “wings” on the sides of the shoes that hold lace loops

Air Jordan 5 - main silhouette of the shoes, netting on the side, and lace locks

Air Jordan 6 - tongue of shoes

Air Jordan 9 - back tab

Air Jordan 20 - Lasered graphics on sockliner

Spike Lee produced or appeared in commercials reciprocating to each model represented on the Air Jordan Spizikes.

  • "Air Jordan Sixty Plus"

The first Jordan Sixty Plus was released in August 2009. The Jordan 6ixty Plus (60+) is a hybrid sneaker from Jordan Brand that combines the various sneakers Michael Jordan wore when he scored 60 or more points in an NBA Game. In these games, MJ was wearing the Jordan I, II, V and VII. The teams that had to witness his greatness on those nights were the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Detroit Pistons. Heavy inspiration came from the Air Jordan 5 because he was wearing those when he scored his career high of 69 points.

Air Jordan 1 - Toebox shape and perforations Air Jordan 2 - Snakeskin accents, rear TPU, lower Eyelets, Jordan “Wings” logo on tongue Air Jordan 5 - Midsole/Outsole, shape of tongue, Lacelock, mold of upper near ankle, higher eyelets, “Air Jordan” tag inside of tongue Air Jordan 7 - Perforations on side panel, “gap” between ankle area and body of shoe, graphics on tongue, heel tab, 23 on rear TPU

  • "Air Jordan Collezione/Countdown packages"

This package consisted of two different variations of Retro Air Jordan, in which each number equaled 23.

"Air Jordan X/XIII "Black Toe"

The first Countdown package consisted of retroed Air Jordan XIII model in white/black-true red. The package also included a pair of the shadow grey Air Jordan X model with 23 stitched on the side of the shoes. The package cost $310.00 and was released January 19, 2008.

"Air Jordan IX/XIV"

The second Countdown package consisted of the Air Jordan Retro XIV model in Black/Varsity Red which was similar to the Air Jordan "Last Shot" XIV model though it consisted of a white stitching on the sides, a different color outer arch, and a different colored Jumpman logo on the side. The other Air Jordan was the Air Jordan Retro IX model in a White/Black/True Red colorway. The package retailed for $310.00 and was released March 15, 2008.

"Air Jordan XXI/II"

The third Countdown package consisted of the Air Jordan Retro II model in White/Varsity Red. The other Air Jordan in this package was the Air Jordan Retro XXI model in Black/Varsity Red. The package retailed $310.00 and was released April 26, 2008.

"Air Jordan XVII/VI"

The fourth Countdown package consisted of the Air Jordan Retro VI model in White/Carmine. The other Air Jordan in this package would be Air Jordan Retro XVII model in Black/Metallic Silver. The package cost $310.00 and was released May 24, 2008.

"Air Jordan XII/XI"

The final Countdown package consisted of the Air Jordan Retro XI model in Varisty Red/Black. The other Air Jordan in this package was the Air Jordan Retro XII model in Black/White. The package retailed for $310.00.

  • Jordan Fusions

This line of sneakers consist of a fusion of several Air Jordan and Air Force One Models.

Air Jordan XII Air Force One Fusion A fusion between the Air Jordan XII model and the Midtop Air Force One model.

Air Jordan V Air Force One Fusion This package is the only original colorway of the Air Jordan V model that was not released in the last round of retros. Like the Air Jordan V model, the outsole is a nasa1 mix of black and clear rubber, however there is no visible air sole unit in these shoes. Has a rubber loop in the back, middle upright cotton jumpman, rubber tongue, and the lace lock first was brought in a infrared colorway. The shoe was released April 19.

Air Jordan XX Air Force One Fusion A fusion between the Air Jordan XX and the Air Force One model. These feature the same laser upper as the original XX but replace the ankle strap and sole with that of the Air Force One. Has the numbers 1 through 6 on the heel to represent Michael's 6 championships.

Air Jordan VI Air Force One Fusion A fusion between the Air Jordan VI and the Air Force One model.

Air Jordan IV Air Force One Fusion A fusion between the Air Jordan IV and the Air Force One model.

Air Jordan IX Air Force One Fusion A fusion between the Air Jordan IX and the Air Force One model.

  • Jordan "6 Rings" shoe The Jordan 6 Rings is a combination of the seven Air Jordan shoes that Michael Jordan wore during his 6 Championship seasons. That includes the AJ 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, and 14. The Jordan Brand company released the "6 Rings" shoes starting in September 2008. The Jordan Brand has released colorways of each team that the Chicago Bulls defeated in their six championship seasons in the 1990s. The colors included the L.A. Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Utah Jazz. There is an Olymipic version, a Nelly version, and a shoe that combines the colors of all the teams that the Bulls defeated in the NBA Finals.

Air Jordan 6: Lace locks on laces and heel loop

Air Jordan 7: Huarache style inner sock and air holes

Air Jordan 8: Fuzzy tongue logo and velcro straps

Air Jordan 11: Silhouette of upper and patent leather

Air Jordan 12: TWO 3 on the tongue and metal lace loops at top

Air Jordan 13: Midsole and outsole

Air Jordan 14: Jumpman upon toebox

Air Jordan 2009 This new edition to the Jordan family was released on January 31, 2009. Only 2009 pairs were released throughout the country. The USA received 1005 while overseas received 1004. The Air Jordan 2009 was designed by Jason Mayden.[16] It somewhat resembles the Air Jordan 14. This shoe was inspired by fencing. It features a small green-blue diamond on the top of the shoe. The special edition retailed for $230, while the regular models will retail for $190.

The New 2009 Air Jordan line was showcased from February 12, 2009 to February 14, 2009 at Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix, Arizona as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. Team Jordan athletes Jayson Mayden and Jadakiss made special appearances to sign autographs.

Counterfeiting

The Air Jordan brand has been subject to counterfeiting all over the world, mostly in China. However, many believed counterfeiters are fraudulent dealers, usually over the internet. Counterfeit Jordans are sometimes sold over eBay, or are sold secretly by private dealers through vans, and trade. Counterfeit Jordans are sold at prices starting at $19, and go up to the regular prices.

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Air Jordan shoes
Air Jordan is a type or brand of basketball shoes produced by Nike, Inc.. In the name “Air” means air cushion technology. “Jordan” means Michael Jordan who is an NBA basketball player. Also, “Air Jordan” or mj is a nickname of Michael Jordan. There have been many styles of Air Jordan shoes and it has been selling over the past 20 years.

They are proven to be expensive at some retailers and can get dirty easily as per their white color








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