Shoes were just shoes for till mid-1980s, and then Nike released a pair of basketball shoes. The Air Jordan was born, and the rest is history. Air Jordan was created for Hall of Famer and former basketball player Michael Jordan during his time with the Chicago Bulls.
After the release of Air Jordan 1, Peter Moore came up with 36 more Jordan collections over the years followed by numerous collaborations. The first collections always had a classic White Jordan which was in hype for the initial years but after the release of more colourways and patterns, people opted for the new colourways rather than the classic White Jordans. However, after a few years, these classic sneakers gained their former hype which was once a very big thing in the market. Sneakers For Men heads want to get their hands on the classic white sneakers introduced initially.
- Nike Air Jordan 2 Retro White Varsity Red: The success of Air Jordan 1, led to the evolution of what we know now as Nike Air Jordans following the release of the further collections. Moore came up with Air Jordan 2 subsequently in 1986 for the new basketball season. The birth of Air Jordan 2 Retro White Varsity Red was something to look out for the basketball fans. The Air Jordan II was unique in that it was made in Italy. The AJ II featured a faux lizard skin and red swooping lines that resembled the detailing of a sports car. The Air Jordan II was the first Jordan not to have the Nike swoosh featured on the upper, though “Nike” was stitched across the heel counter. This design aesthetic would factor into the Air Jordan line later in the series that the sneaker was later re-released, as the Jordan Retro 2, in 1994, 2004–05, 2008, 2010, 2014–18 and is still going on.
- Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro OG Fire Red: This line of Jordan sneakers was the first global market release of the franchise. The 2020 release of the Air Jordan 4 Retro OG “Fire Red” brought back a classic colourway from 1989. Chalk full of Jordan Heritage, the rest of the build is recreated faithfully, the classic White Jordan highlighted by a white leather upper with Fire Red detailing on the molded eyelets and outsole. It also includes a visible Air sole unit and tongue patch with a Jumpman logo and Flight Script logo.
- Nike Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Chicago’: The Air Jordan 13 Retro ‘Chicago’ 2017 marks the return of the OG ‘Chicago’ colourway to the Jordan 13 silhouette. These sneakers feature white premium leather upper with team red suede on the base, heel and midsole. This model was known for its cushioning along the feet, designed by Hatfield. The Black Panther was the inspiration for the Air Jordan 13, the sole resembles the pads on a panther’s paw. The panther is the hologram on the back of the shoe which imitates a panther’s eyes in the dark when light is shined at them along with black Jumpman branding on the tongue.
- Nike Air Jordan 1 White Wolf Grey: The Air Jordan 1 ‘White Wolf Grey’ sneaker updates the classic white with subtle grey accents for a fresh take on the iconic silhouette. Debuted as an original AJ1 back in 1985, constructed from a full-grain leather upper, the mid-top design is primarily white, with the exception of the Air Jordan ‘Wings’ logo, it also includes hits of Wolf Grey on the collar lining and outsole. The encapsulated Air-Sole Unit in the heel adds cushioning while a rubber outsole helps with traction.
- Nike Air Jordan 11 Concord: Way back in 1995, Michael Jordan stepped onto the court and into sneaker history with this now iconic pair of Air Jordan 11’s. This model was designed by Tinker Hatfield showcasing a ballistic mesh upper of the sneaker was meant to make the Air Jordan XI lighter and more durable than past sneakers. Further changes came with the use of a carbon fiber spring plate in the translucent “frosty” outsole, giving the shoe better torque when twisting on the court. The rest of the build keeps the shoe’s signature details intact. The highlight and arguably best-known aspect of the shoe is its patent leather mudguard which is lightweight compared to genuine leather and also tended not to stretch as much. The 2018 edition of the Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Concord’ features ‘45’ stamped on the black heel counter. The Air Jordan 11 is one of the most popular Air Jordan in the series and has released almost ritualistically every December since 2008, selling out in minutes. With the Air Jordan XI being one of the most popular Jordan, supply is very limited and would cause fans to line up outside of stores before releases.
These White Jordan sneakers are to look out for in the current market. Despite being classics, they are still going pretty strong and are a must cop in the sneaker game.
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