The Air Jordan XXX finally makes its debut this weekend as we’ll be seeing the debut White/Grey-Black colorway hit retailers on February 12th for a retail price of $200.
In honor of Jordan Brand releasing their 30th signature sneaker which is a pretty amazing accomplishment, ESPN took the time today to rank all 29 signature sneakers. Adam Reisinger of ESPN and sneaker collector Chad Jones, aka “Sneaker Galactus” did the honors and ranked each shoe and gave their reasons whyit landed in that spot. In order to keep things short we’ll show you the top 5.
5Air 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?
4Air 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.
3Air 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.
2Air 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.
1Air 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.
What are your top 5? Let us know in the comments below and check out the entire ESPN list by clicking here.
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