If you were a kid of the 80’s, chances are you had your very own pair of Air Jordan sneakers. We take a closer look at the most popular Retro Jordan’s ever made
When Michael Jordan, the famous basket ball superstar of the 1980’s collaborated with Nike to produce Air Jordans, they became the hottest sneakers ever to hit the streets. Their popularity began when Michael Jordan wore the sneakers as a rookie. Since then the company has produced new pairs of sneakers annually, incorporating different designs and styles.
Air Jordan’s were a must have item for any teenager who wanted ‘Street cred’. Which was your favorite pair?
It was just one of those retro 80’s things that every kid needed. I remember in high school being one of the last kids in my class to get Air Jordans. My mother said that labels and expensive brands were for show offs, a lesson I only understood many years later. At the time there was NOTHING more important than my Retro Jordans and I did just about anything to make sure I got the latest model. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular retro Jordans of the 80’s and 90’s…
1. Jordan Retro 4’s
Jordan 4’s came out in 1989 and were the first Jordan shoe to be released to the global market. It came in 4 colors: White/ Grey, Black/Grey, White/Red, and White/Blue. Jordan 4’s became famous when they were featured in the spike lee movie ‘Do The Right Thing.’ This edition shoe was also worn by Michael Jordan when he made the series winning basket known as ‘The shot’ in the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
2. Jordan Retro 11’s
Designed and produced in 1995 the Jordan 11’s were a far more advanced model as they came some ten years after the original sneakers. The mesh upper of the shoe gave this model a much lighter and more durable, flexible feel than previous sneakers in the range. A carbon fiber spring plate was also introduced into the outsole to give the shoe better torque. These shoes were worn by Jordan in the movie ‘Space jam‘
3. Jordan Retro 3’s
The Air Jordan 3 was a classic among sneakers and was originally released in 1988. It was the first Air Jordan to feature a transparent air unit on the heel. It was also the first model to feature the new Jumpman logo which showed Michael Jordan jumping mid-dunk. This logo replaced the wings logo from previous models. The Air 3’s were said to be Jordans favorite shoes and he wore them often as well as during the 1988 Dunk Championship.