Designed by Tinker Hatfield, the Air Jordan VII originally released in 1992 and was worn by Jordan while playing on the "Dream Team" during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. They sport a design inspired by West African tribal art, and have been re-released in several colorways, including the "Bourdeauxs," "Olympics," "Hares," "Cardinals," and "Raptors" (to name a few). The latest edition of this popular model is the Air Jordan VII Retro "Pantone". Featuring a colorway that draws obvious inspiration from Jordan's alma mater – University of North Carolina, they're crafted with a tonal University Blue nubuck upper that sits atop a stark white outsole. Look for this clean iteration of a classic coming soon.
Although it has only been four years since the last re-release of the Air Jordan 1 OG "Black/Royal," to nobody's surprise, the hype is extremely high for this year's release. Many factors play into this, including the history of this model, the limited nature of the 2013 release, and the expectation of higher quality construction. So what can you expect from this year's release compared to the 2013 model? We took a look to find the most notable differences, and here's what we found. The shade of blue (2013 has a slight purple hue), materials (2017 features textured/tumbled leather), tongue (2017 stays truer to the original with more padding/white lining), and height (2013 is a bit shorter) have all changed. Check out the pics for details, and look for this Air Jordan classic dropping soon.
With Easter quickly approaching there are a lot of holiday-inspired colorways hitting the shelves. And since Easter is fueled by candy, bunnies, and Easter egg hunts, it only makes sense to feature a collection for the children. The Air Jordan 1 Mid BG "Easter Pack" contains two kid's models that feature season appropriate colorways. Available in tonal pink or tonal blue, both models are constructed with durable canvas and sit atop stark white outsoles. Check out the pics for a detailed view, and look for these dropping soon at Sneakerhead.
There are many Air Jordan models that have been made in EXTREMELY limited numbers. These kicks include player exclusives, limited collaborations, and unreleased editions. And, until now, one of these collections included a group of Air Jordan models that have only been made available to Michael Jordan Motorsports team members. After years of interest, Jordan Brand is finally releasing one of these models, the highly sought-after Air Jordan IV Retro "Motorsports". Other than the "Mars Blackmon" graphic on the side panel, they stay remarkably true to the original limited 2006 version with a "White/Varsity - Black" colorway. For more info check out the pics, and look for this "Motorsports" model dropping soon.
The Air Jordan VI originally released in 1991 and has re-released many times since, including the "All-Star"
model that just hit shelves earlier this year. Jordan brand is following up the color-changing "All-Star" edition with this Air Jordan VI Retro "Alternate" version. Featuring a colorway similar to the popular "Hare" Jordan models, they are constructed with white micro-perforated leather, Pure Platinum nubuck, and Gym Red accents on the heel, tongue, and midsole. Plus, they also sport "1991" embroidery on the inside of the tongue, and a translucent outsole. Look for this Air Jordan VI "Alternate" dropping later this month.
When Michael Jordan won his first NBA Championship he was wearing the Air Jordan VI. This sleek model was designed by Tinker Hatfield and features a design inspired by MJ's slant-nosed Porsche. In recent years many of the original colorways of this highly sought-after model have been re-released, and some new colorways have hit the shelves too. The latest of these "never before seen" models is this year's limited "All-Star" edition. They are crafted with an iridescent leather upper that changes colors depending on the light (check the pics). Plus, also sport a translucent outsole, signature lacelocks, and an embroidered octagon logo on the heel. Look for the Air Jordan VI Retro "All-Star" dropping soon.
Originally released during the 1996-97 NBA season, the Air Jordan XII has a design inspired by the Japan Rising Sun flag. They were first released in five colorways, but since they have been released in array of colorways (and materials), including the upcoming "Chinese New Year" model. Featuring a fresh White, Black, Varsity Red and Light Orewood Brown colorway, with intricate details including a reflective upper, this AJXII is definitely a model to celebrate. Plus, they also feature basket weaving accents on the mudguard, the number "12" in Chinese characters on the tongue, and come packaged in an exclusive box. Look for this limited Chinese New Year-inspired model dropping soon.
The Air Jordan VIII originally released in 1993. Designed by Tinker Hatfield, they're widely recognized for their cross-straps which provide a lockdown fit. A favorite among sneakerheads, this popular Jordan model has re-released several times in their original colorway. The upcoming Air Jordan VIII Retro "Take Flight" edition features a brand new colorway and has already been receiving a lot of attention. With a design inspired by military flight jackets, they are crafted with a predominantly Sequoia Green upper with hits of Max Orange and black. Plus, this limited edition also integrates neoprene on the collar for a more comfortable fit. Check out the pics for details, and look for this AJVIII dropping soon. (Photographed on location @ Oxman's Surplus.)
The Air Jordan XIII original released in 1997. Designed by Tinker Hatfield, this popular model features a design inspired by the sleek and elusive panther. Hatfield used the panther because he thought Jordan's movements on the court were very similar to the panther in the wild. The AJXIII features a whisker upper, midsole design that mimics a panther's paw, and its most identifiable element, a hologram "eye." This Air Jordan model has been re-released many times in many colorways, including the soon-to-be-released "Black Cat" version. The Air Jordan XIII Retro "Black Cat" model has a tonal black upper with reflective accents, and a cat graphic on the insole. Check out pics for details, and look for this retro release dropping soon.
With their unique design and construction, the Air Jordan XV has always been a polarizing model. Originally released in 1999, they sport a design inspired by the X-15 fighter jet. Developed by NASA in the 50s, the X-15 was an advanced aircraft known for breaking speed records, while the AJXV was known for breaking the design mold for basketball sneakers. They are crafted with a woven Kevlar upper, hidden quick-lace system, dynamic fit sleeve, and Zoom Air technology. Jordan Brand is starting 2017 with a retro release of the AJXV in their original "Stealth" colorway. Check out the pics for details, and look for these dropping soon.
Although the original "Bred," "Royal," and "Chicago" editions of the iconic Air Jordan 1 are the most widely known (and receive the most love), there were a wide array of AJ1 colorways originally released in 1985-86. Among those was the "Storm Blue / White" model. To the delight of many sneakerheads, this December will mark the first re-release of this often forgotten colorway. Staying true to the original they are crafted with a full-grain leather upper, straight forward two-tone colorway, rubber cupsole with encapsulated Air-Sole unit, and signature "Wings" logo. Considering there are a lot of people who have been waiting for this one, the AJ1 "Storm Blue" will surely move quickly.
The Air Jordan IX made its debut in 1993, the same year Michael Jordan announced he was stepping away from basketball in order to pursue a career in baseball. Designed by Tinker Hatfied, the AJIX represented the globalization of the Air Jordan brand. They are crafted with a leather upper, feature an inner bootie, "one pull" lacing system, and an embroidered "23" on the heel. To play off the globalization theme, they also feature several words on the outsole in languages from around the world that embody the spirit of Jordan. (Side note: The Air Jordan IX is the model that was chosen to be sculpted on Jordan's popular "Jumpman" statue in front of the United Center.) Look for this classic dropping in their original colorway soon.
In the world of sneakers and sneaker culture, women often feel like they are overlooked. Well, Jordan Brand is taking notice. First seen on Jasmine Jordan's (MJ's daughter) Instagram account, the Jordan "Heiress Collection" is specifically and stylishly designed for the ladies. Crafted in plush velvet, the Heiress collection includes the Air Jordan 1 Retro
and the Jordan Deca Fly
. They both feature a rich Night Maroon colorway, striking Metallic Gold accents, and contrasting white soles. Whether you're a female looking to pick up a pair for yourself, or a male looking for the perfect gift for the girl in your life, you can pick up the limited Jordan "Heiress Collection" at Sneakerhead today.
The historically significant Air Jordan Dub Zero made its debut in 2005. Widely known as Jordan Brand's first hybrid/mash-up creation, they showcase design elements from the AJIV, AJVI, AJXI, AJXII, AJXIII, AJXV, and the AJXX. Not only is this model a tribute to Michael Jordan, but also to legendary sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield. Back again for a late 2016 release, you can currently pick up Air Jordan Dub Zero in "Bred"
colorways. Check out the pics for details and pick up your pair now at Sneakerhead.
Although the Rio 2016 Olympics already came and went, Jordan Brand is still celebrating with fresh new takes on classic Air Jordan models. The Air Jordan V Retro "Bronze" is one of these celebratory models. Originally released in 1990, the Air Jordan V has a design inspired by the WWII Mustang fighter planes, including the signature "shark teeth" design on the midsole. This "Bronze" version is dressed up in an Obsidian-colored leather upper, metallic bronze accents on the tongue/midsole, and a translucent outsole. Look for this limited colorway dropping soon.