Last week, we broke down the top 10-5 Air Jordan retro silhouettes of all-time. This week, we're closing out the top four and revealing what some might arguably mention as the greatest athletic sneaker ever created. Without further ado, check out our top five Air Jordan sneakers below, and let us know your thoughts on our list and your top five Jumpman silhouettes by replying to this email.
4. Air Jordan IV
The sneaker realm was introduced to nubuck-based uppers when the Air Jordan IV arrived in 1989. The Air Jordan IV also happens to be one of the most comfortable sneakers in all of the Air Jordan Collection. While the Air Jordan IV was made popular by the highly-popularized Spike Lee/Mars Blackmon Nike commercials, the Jumpman did knock down yet another notorious buzzer-beater in the silhouette against the Cleveland Cavaliers' Craig Elho in a sports-defining moment known as 'The Shot'. The Air Jordan IV is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and doing numbers across the globe.
3. Air Jordan III
The Air Jordan III was the first to feature the now world-renowned Jumpman logo. This particular sneaker was also Mike's introduction into the realm of pop culture and the silhouette he wore during his official rise to prominence amongst his NBA peers. Michael Jordan solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with as a one-man scoring and defensive machine. While the sneaker boasts its first visible Air unit, tumbled leather base, and cement mimicking nubuck paneling, the Air Jordan III will forever be remembered by basketball purists for aiding Mike in taking off from the free throw line in the 1989 Slam Dunk Contest.
2. Air Jordan I
It's understandable why the majority might consider the Air Jordan I as Mike's greatest sneaker accomplish to date. After all, the silhouette did help define what sneaker culture is today after the NBA banned the sneaker for violating its then uniform policy. Fortunately, Nike was willing was to pay the $5,000 fine every time Mike hit the hardwood in the coveted kicks. The notorious color-blocking, perforated toebox, and high-cut ankle collar AJ I was the first and only sneaker to feature the Nike Swoosh in all of the Air Jordan Collection. The AJ I will forever be an anomaly in the world of sneakers.
1. Air Jordan XI
Never had athletic footwear seen a sneaker feature patented leather until the arrival of the Air Jordan XI. And this was only because Tinker Hatfield had noticed that Jordan's foot would often slip off of the footbed of past Air Jordan silhouettes. So, Hatfield incorporated the sturdier material in combination with a polymer-coated, ballistic nylon mesh upper, and full-length Air Zoom unit creating the greatest basketball sneaker to ever exist. The Air Jordan XI not only became notorious for being worn in the movie Space Jam, the sneaker also aided Mike to his comeback fourth NBA Championship in 1995. No matter the colorway or occasion, the Air Jordan XI has become a status symbol on and off the court as one of the most serviceable and flawlessly executed pieces of footwear in existence to this day.
Air Jordan XVII - Not only is the AJ XVII a hood classic, but it's also the first to use adjustable Air pods in the forefoot of the sneaker in brand new Nike tech called Tuned Air.
Air Jordan V - Kicked off the 1990s like no other silhouette on the market.
Air Jordan XV - Unorthodox design and well executed.