Air Jordan Signature Shoes: Power Ranking All 26 Pairs

Jim MancariCorrespondent IMay 4, 2011

Air Jordan Signature Shoes: Power Ranking All 26 Pairs

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Former player Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls addresses the crowd as teammate Scottie Pippen listens during a 20th anniversary recognition ceremony of the Bulls 1st NBA Championship in 1991 during half-time of a game bewteen th
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    Air Jordan sneakers have become the norm among young basketball players wanting to soar like the great Michael Jordan.

    Jordan’s numerous pairs of Air Jordan sneakers have been through a historic NBA career that accomplished many milestones.

    The shoes are so popular that even other NBA stars don the shoes regularly.

    To date, there have 26 different signature pairs of Air Jordan shoes to hit the market, with each one drawing more hype than the next.

    The shoes revolutionized athletic footwear, and we can only wait and see what’s next on the list.

    I have power-ranked each pair depending on style, performance ability and what Jordan achieved in each shoe.

    Note: All of the Jordan signature shoes are pretty awesome, so the rankings may seem arbitrary at times.

26. Jordan III

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    Designer Tinker Hatfield ensured that Michael Jordan would remain with Nike with this pair of shoes.

    The jumpman logo was introduced on this shoe.

    Jordan won the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest while wearing these shoes.

25. Jordan XVII

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    Designer Wilson Smith III looked to jazz and the Aston Martin car for inspiration for this shoe.

    Jordan wore these in his comeback with the Washington Wizards.

    These shoes were so involved that the box came with an interactive DVD.

24. Jordan XX2

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    An F-22 Fighter Jet inspired D'Wayne Edwards in designing this shoe.

    The camouflage sole and titanium-coated shank plate were major selling points.

    It was also available with different player editions.

23. Jordan XIV

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    This shoe was a memorable one for Jordan.

    It was the last shoe he wore as a Chicago Bull when he drained the jumper over Byron Russell to secure the Bulls' third straight championship and sixth of Jordan's career in 1998.

    The shoe itself was inspired by a Ferrari.

22. Jordan IV

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    For one of his most famous shots of his career over Craig Ehlo, Jordan was wearing this pair of shoes.

    The shoe was the first to include Nubuck, a type of cattle rawhide leather that takes on a suede appearance.

21. Jordan VI

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    These were Jordan's first NBA championship shoes.

    This was one of the most beloved pairs of shoes, with even actors Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Keaton wearing pairs.

20. Jordan XV

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    An X-15 Fighter plane gave Tinker Hatfield the inspiration for this shoe.

    The unique shape and top made it a hit among NBA players.

19. Jordan VIII

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    These shoes adorned Jordan's feet as the Bulls won their third straight title in 1993.

    Jordan wore the aqua version in that year's All-Star Game.

    The mid-foot straps provided necessary ankle support for optimal performance.

18. Jordan II

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    Designed by Bruce Kilgore and manufactured in Italy, this shoe was a big hit when it first came out.

    The Swoosh-less upper and faux lizard print made it a must have in footwear.

17. Jordan XX3

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    This shoe is highlighted by the stitching of Jordan's initials on the outside of the body.

    Jordan's thumb print can be seen on the inside of the tongue.

    The craftsmanship involved with this show was brilliant, with the incorporation of environmentally friendly materials.

16. Jordan XXI

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    D'Wayne Edwards was at it again and found inspiration in a Bentley GT coupe.

    The faded No. 23 just adds to the already perfect style and comfort of the shoe.

15. Jordan XVIII

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    This is one sleek shoe.

    Designed by Tate Kuerbis, the shoe was inspired by race cars and even came with a driving manual.

    Jordan wore this pair during his final NBA season.

14. Jordan IX

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    Jordan's statue outside the United Center in Chicago has him wearing this model of shoe.

    He even wore this style of shoe as a cleat when he played baseball briefly for the Birmingham Barons, a minor-league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

13. Jordan XI

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    This sneaker was so popular that it was voted the greatest sneaker of all-time by Sole Collector Magazine.

    Not only was this Jordan's signature shoe during the Bulls 72-win season, but he also wore the shoe in the movie Space Jam.

12. Jordan I

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    This was Jordan's rookie season shoe.

    During that year, he was an All-Star, won Rookie of the Year and score a playoff-high 63 points in playoff game against the Boston Celtics.

11. Jordan 2009

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    Jason Mayden's design was inspired Jordan's top-notch defense.

    A diamond jumpman hologram on the upper heal was a big hit.

10. Jordan VII

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    This shoe gained global recognition as Jordan won his second NBA championship and the 1992 Olympic gold medal in Barcelona while wearing the shoes.

    The Huarache design allowed for strong ankle support.

9. Jordan XIII

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    The Black Panther inspired Jordan XIII sported pods on the midsole.

    The hologram is supposed to represent the panther's eye.

    Jordan wore these shoes for the 1998 NBA title run for his sixth championship ring.

8. Jordan XVI

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    Wilson Smith III combined multiple facets when designing this shoe.

    The patent leather toe, blow molded heel and translucent outsole combined style with performance.

7. Jordan XX

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    This was Jordan's 20th anniversary shoe that was designed by Mark Smith and Tinker Hatfield.

    The ankle strap was the primary feature of this shoe, which provided support for optimal performance.

    The symbols are said to pay homage to Jordan's life and career.

6. Jordan 2011

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    This year's model is inspired by a high-quality dress shoe.

    It is slender and sleek and is expected to make a big impact this year.

5. Jordan V

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    The designs on each side of the shoe as inspired by a World War II jet plane.

    With the No. 23 standing out proudly on the side, Jordan won his fourth scoring title and was elected to his sixth All-Star Game in these shoes.

4. Jordan X

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    This shoe signified Jordan's return to the NBA after dabbling in a baseball career.

    This was a popular shoe that was adopted by several different cities.

    Jordan scored 55 points at Madison Square Garden while wearing this shoe.

3. Jordan XII

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    This shoe was made with optimal performance in made.

    The faux reptile print and Japanese flag design really give this shoe a good look.

    Jordan wore this shoe when he scored 38 points in the Flu Game and while he won his fifth NBA title.

2. Jordan 2010

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    Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith paired up again to design the 25th anniversary sneaker.

    The revolutionary clear window provides a never before seen style.

    The shoe also includes a hidden quote by Jordan himself.

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade helped with the promotion.

1. Jordan XIX

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    The slip-on shoe is inspired by the skin of deadly snakes.

    The shoe is said to be one of the most comfortable Air Jordan sneakers ever, with breathable Tech Flex material, a carbon fiber shank and patent leather toe.

    The shoe gained popularity among Team Jordan athletes.

    This shoe meant serious business.


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