In 1985, one man transformed a pair of sneakers from athletic shoes into a cultural icon. Ever since Michael Jordan's "Air Jordan" series of kicks hit shelves, there's been a growing sneaker culture encompassing diehard basketball fans to stylish guys who dig the versatile, sporty silhouettes. Each time an old model gets the "retro" treatment—that is, re-released as close to the original specs as possible—eager sneakerheads young and old camp outside of shoe stores or wake up early on a Saturday for a chance at snagging a pair online. We could go on and on about the pros and cons of the culture, but instead we're going to break down the significance of each and every model, from the first to the most current. Then we're gonna give you some practical tips on how to wear your Js like a grown man—because you're too old to be matching your T-shirts to your sneakers. This is The GQ Guide to Air Jordans.
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