For the most part, the majority of us love and support Jordan Brand. The history and creative design behind every Jordan Retro makes them easy to enjoy. But let’s face it, not every colorway used on Jordan retros makes it an automatic dope shoe. Just because it has a Jumpman on it doesn’t mean it’s “Fire” or a “Must Cop”. There’s Jordans, then there’s Jordans. As a matter of fact, many times I end up with a confused look on my face thinking to myself how or why on earth did Jordan Brand release this colorway…again! It seems that at times Jordan Brand is testing us and just for the hell of it releases a shoe every weekend simply because they know it will sell. It might not sell out right away, but it will move units.
Believe it or not, in a couple of weeks we will already be done with the first half of 2015. So why not come up with a list of the 10 worst Air Jordans that have released (or will be doing so this month) in the first half of 2015. You may not agree with this list, and that’s completely fine! Every one has their own style and taste, but to me these were 10 shoes (in no particular order) that Jordan Brand released that got me scratching my head thinking..”Michael…you really expect me to drop $190+ on this pair?!” Thanks but no thanks! Please let me know down in the comments if you agree, disagree, missed out on anything or want to add your very own pair(s) to the list. Enjoy!
1Air Jordan 20 – Stealth
There’s been a couple of Air Jordan 20s that have released this year, being that I really don’t like the shape and look of the shoe, I had to put at least one of the colorways in the list. It just happens to be the Air Jordan 20 “Stealth”. The patent leather upper is what really made me choose this one over the other 2 pairs. The ankle strap also makes this shoe very difficult to wear casually, because let’s face it, who actually wears Jordan retros to hoop in? It it were up to me, the Air Jordan 20 would never get the retro treatment.
2Air Jordan 4 – Teal
It’s not so much that I don’t like the colorway or silhouette (because I love the 4s), the Air Jordan 4 Teal get a spot on the list because it’s basically an Air Jordan 4 with hits of green on it. Although there’s nothing wrong with that, it kind of seems like a recycled idea being that just 2 years ago Jordan released the Air Jordan 4 “Green Glow”, which also happens to have shades of green on it. You might be saying to yourself “But Jordan always releases black/red shoes, what’s wrong with green?”. Green is a color that’s easy to remember, and to put it on the Jordan 4 twice in a span of two years makes no sense to me. Plus do you really want more than a few green pairs of shoes in your collection? Why not use other colors on the 4? Navy Blue? Another Grey? Royal Blue? Tan? But not this one. Do any of you even remember when this colorway came out? It just seems like a lazy release in my eyes.
3Air Jordan 7 –
Bobcats Barcelona Days
To put it kindly, up to this point the Air Jordan 7 has really been a disappointment this year. Not only have many people been complaining about the craftsmanship of the shoe, but the names and colorways have really been sub-par, to say the least. I’ve lost count as to how many name changes the Air Jordan 7s have gone through, and even worse, I seem to forget which pair is which. There is literally nothing in this pair that makes me get excited about it. It’s just, blah. I don’t know, I just expected more from the 7s this year. At least we still have the Jordan 7 Bordeaux to look forward to.
4Air Jordan 7 –
Marvin the Martian Barcelona Nights
Oh Jordan Brand. You may think you can convince some people in getting a certain shoe simply because you give it a name (Barcelona Nights) that traces it back to Jordan’s tenure with the 1992 Olympic Team, but the storytelling just isn’t there; you’re going to have to do better than that to convince me in getting a pair. It’s just lazy creativity from Jordan Brand. They should actually worry more about the look of the shoe instead of worrying about the name of it. You can change the name all you want, but that’s not going to make the shoe any more appealing, at least to me. Next..
5Air Jordan 5 – White / Metallic Silver
An all-white Jordan 5 with minimal hits of “Metallic Silver” on the tongue and midsole. That’s a good start, what else you got? Doesn’t it feel like this Jordan 5 is unfinished? Something’s missing? Was Jordan Brand rushed in to completing this before a certain deadline? Whatever the case may be, this Air Jordan 5 seems rushed and incomplete. It would make for a good custom piece though. Hear me out, how about a White Cement 5!? Add some speckling where the silver is at. Add some red hits on the upper and there you have it, and instant classic! But what do I know, I don’t work for Jordan Brand’s design department.
6Air Jordan 1 Mid – Hare
Let’s face it, there was only one Jordan “Hare” we were all looking forward to this year. Unfortunately the Air Jordan 1 Mid “Hare” was not the one. It’s basically a Jordan fusion of the 1 and 7, and we all know how fusions usually turn out. One of the best things about Jordan 1s is the clean tongue that usually has a Jumpman or Nike Swoosh on it, this one has neither, it has a Bugs Bunny. Do you really want to walk around with Bugs on your feet?
7Air Jordan 13 Low – Hornets
The Air Jordan 13s I can work with, the Air Jordan 13 Lows? That’s another story. I just don’t see the reason behind Jordan Brand deciding to bring back low cut versions of certain Jordan retros. The 5s, 6s and 13s will or have already released in low cut form, and quite honestly, I don’t understand why. All those silhouettes were appealing because of their shape and look. Sawing the top half off, gives them half the appeal. They look incomplete. I don’t like them. Plus, have you seen a Jordan 13 after a dozen or so wears?! That toe box is a crease monster! I’ll pass.
8Air Jordan 5 Pre-Grape
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the story goes something like this. The Jordan 5 “Pre-Grape” was the Jordan 5 that was suppose to release instead of the Air Jordan 5 “Grape”, but for some reason, Jordan Brand decided it would be best to release the latter instead of the Jordan 5 “Pre-Grape”, leaving it in the woodwork, until now. Jordan Brand should have kept it where it’s been for the last 3 decades. Too much blue on the upper, and then Jordan Brand decided to add another shade of blue on top of that. This basically looks like a custom job gone bad.
9Air Jordan 13 Low – Bred
Same reasoning as the Air Jordan 13 Low “Hornets”, but being that this one has the same colorway in the mid-cut version, I truly don’t understand the reasoning behind this release. What’s the point? The original Air Jordan 13 “Bred” was good as is. Did you really have to cut the top half off?
10Air Jordan 5 – Pro Stars
Nice try Jordan Brand, but you’re gonna have to try harder than that to get my $190.