Cool Greys And The Greatest Michael Jordan Shoes Ever
In light of the buzz recently created by the re-released Cool Grey Air Jordans, we at Bleacher Report decided to rank the the top Air Jordans of all time.
There have been 25 regular Air Jordan sneakers since the Air Jordan I was released in 1985. There have also been a plethora of Air Jordan Retros and Fushions.
In this list, we'll count down the 25 greatest Air Jordans ever.
If you got your hands on the Cool Greys today, congratulations.
I'd hold onto those and never let them out of your sight.
25. Air Jordan Retro V Stealth
My second favorite Air Jordan Retro.
A sleek design that makes you want to fly to the hoop and dunk it right into somebody's grill.
Unfortunately, I've never been able to do that.
24. Air Jordan XX
The Air Jordan 20 was a motorcycle-inspired design equipped with an IPS (Independent Podular Suspension) cushion.
The design on its lace strap and interior gave the shoe a unique look.
It was also inspired by racing boots, which is why the strap was placed in the center of the shoe over the laces.
23. Air Jordan 2009 (XXIV)
The Air Jordan 2009 was released on Jan. 31, 2009.
Only 2009 pairs were made worldwide, and only 1,005 in the U.S.
The design was inspired by fencing.
The shoe was showcased during All-Star Weekend in 2009.
22. Air Jordan XV
The first shoe after Michael Jordan's retirement, the Air Jordan 15 was the first shoe to be negatively received in a while in the Air Jordan collection.
Although the design on the sides of the shoe turned a lot of people off, the "tongue" of the shoe was supposed to resemble Michael Jordan's tongue-wagging when he drove through the lane.
That in itself I find awesome.
It makes the list because of that.
21. Air Jordan II
The Air Jordan 2, which came out in 1986, was the last Air Jordan to have the Jordan wings design.
Despite being rather bland, it's a timeless shoe and just the look of it brings you back to the '80s.
I was only 3 years old when this came out, but I'm pretty sure I saw it in a shop window and it stuck with me the rest of my life.
20. Air Jordan XIII
The Air Jordan XIII was designed after a black panther.
The hologram on the back of the shoe is supposed to imitate a panther's eyes when light shines into them.
Kind of odd, which is why it's ranked lower, but an inventive idea nonetheless.
19. Air Jordan 2010 (XXV)
Pretty neat looking shoe.
Endorsed by Dwayne Wade, the Air Jordan 2010 not only looks pretty cool, the base of each midsole has one of Michael Jordan's most famous lines engraved within: "I've failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
I love that quote. And the style of the shoe works for me too.
18. Air Jordan VII
Some people might find the Air Jordan 7 ugly.
I love it. It just screams the 1980s.
Why do I think of Will Smith and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when I see this shoe?
This is the special 1992 Olympics model.
17. Air Jordan XIX
The Air Jordan 19 was made out of innovative material that in theory didn't require them to have shoe laces as they mold to a person's foot.
This is when the Jordans really started becoming high-tech.
16. Air Jordan XXIII
The last Air Jordan shoe in numerical order before the Jordans began being named after the year.
Fitting that the Air Jordan 23 ended the numerical order.
Also fitting that this design just screams MJ.
The tongue on the right shoe has the signature "jumpman," while the tongue on the left has the signature "23."
The toe cap has Jordan's signature embossed on it.
It also the first Jordan shoe to be made with primarily the environment in mind, as the absolute minimum of adhesive was used to construct the shoe and the soles are made from recycled rubber.
15. Air Jordan XVII
The Air Jordan 17 was one of the first shoes that marked a striking change in style for the Jordans, going with the increasingly-popular sleek look at the time.
Its reinforced midsoles were a hit, which added stability on the court.
14. Air Jordan XIV
The Air Jordan 14 was the last shoe he sported before his first retirement.
It was also the first Jordan shoe that started using the model number as a basis for the design, as seven Jumpman logos on each Air Jordan 14 shoe could be found.
I remember really liking the Jumpman on the back of the shoe when this one came out.
13. Dub Zero
The Dub Zero collection was one of the cool branch-outs from the Air Jordan line.
This particular shoe, the Dub Zero Cement, screamed street ball.
The sales for this one were sky-high, as each of the five models of the Dub Zero sold out within days.
12. Air Jordan VIII
The Air Jordan 8 was indicative of the '90s style and was considered one of the best examples of pure athletic footwear (as far as performance) in the entire Air Jordan collection.
This kid-friendly design reminds me of first learning to play basketball when the basketball was two times the size of my head.
11. Cool Greys
First released in 2001 for a 24-hour period, the Cool Greys have recently been spotlighted due to their re-release.
My favorite Retro-style Jordan ever.
It's just a grey shoe, but there's something about it that lures me in.
Apparently, it lured a lot of people in when it was re-released on Dec. 23, 2010.
It's simple, yet stylish.
Grey, but cool.
10. Air Jordan X
The Air Jordan 10 represented Michael Jordan's first retirement from the NBA with the number 45.
Inscribed on the soles of the shoes are a list of 10 of Jordan's biggest accomplishments up until 1993.
The Air Jordan 10 was also the show Jordan stepped back onto the court with after a failed attempt at baseball.
Certainly a big collector's item.
9. Air Jordan XVIII
The Air Jordan 18 was the shoe Michael Jordan wore in his last season with the Washington Wizards.
It also was inspired by race car driving, with a sleek design that just made it look like you could run faster wearing them.
8. Air Jordan XXI
The Air Jordan 21 is a very simple shoe.
But it's one of my personal favorites of all time.
I don't know why more Jordans don't go with a simple red shoe.
It was, after all, the color Michael Jordan wore when he was with the Chicago Bulls for so many storied years.
Not really a shoe I'd wear playing basketball because it seems the velvety exterior is meant for walking on a red carpet or something, but a really nice looking shoe.
7. Air Jordan VI
The Air Jordan 6 is a stylistic, simple shoe which came out in 1990.
It also was the shoe Michael Jordan wore in capturing his first NBA Championship.
The Jumpman insignia on the sole of the shoe is a nice touch.
6. Air Jordan IV
The Air Jordan 4 was an international bestseller when it came out in 1989.
Its cushioning sole and fun design were a big part of this.
You can almost look at every Air Jordan that came out and know approximately when it came out by its style.
The Air Jordan 4 was featured in Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.
5. Air Jordan III
The Air Jordan III was the first Jordan to feature the "Nike Air" emblem on them.
A total classic.
4. Air Jordan XI
The Air Jordan 11 was designed in hopes that Jordan would return to basketball when he was pursuing baseball.
It was a very lightweight shoe, very durable, and very stylish.
"The Big Three" as they say.
Jordan wore the shoes in the 1995 playoffs, but they hadn't even gone into production at that point.
The crowd saw them and instantly wanted them. The designers had to scramble to get it out as the demand boomed.
3. Air Jordan V
The Air Jordan 5 screams a transition from the '80s to the '90s.
Clear rubber soles and a reflective tongue made this beauty shine.
It was just a great shoe.
2. Air Jordan IX
The Air Jordan 9 was created when Michael Jordan was still playing baseball and was designed in the form of baseball cleats. Its also one of the few shoes that Jordan didn't play a full season with.
It was worn by Jordan in the movie Space Jam.
Tupac Shakur was also known to wear the Air Jordan IX's in his 1993 "Thug Life" photoset.
All of these things make the Air Jordan IX a classic collector's item.
1. Air Jordan I
The original Air Jordan. The first and still the best.
The Air Jordan was considered a breakthrough in basketball shoe design.
Its vibrant red and black colors also got a lot of attention.
Jordan was fined $5,000 every time he wore them on the court because they violated the NBA's dress code at the time.
These were also the shoes Jordan wore when he scored 63 points against the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Playoffs.