Our year-long celebration of Air Jordans continues with the Air Jordan 10 for October. Like the Air Jordan 9 we covered last month, the 10 is another outstanding model that is often underappreciated by the Jordan-buying community at large. We're here to try to correct that fact with a hand-picked selection of our favorite releases of the Jordan 10 that all illustrate just how good this silhouette really is.
Also like the Jordan 9, the Jordan 10 released during Michael Jordan's first retirement when he was off playing minor league baseball. Unlike the 9, MJ would eventually end up hitting the NBA hardwood in original pairs, as he began his comeback in March 1995 wearing the classic "Chicago" colorway.
The Air Jordan 10 is known for the clean and simple lines of its upper that are built in premium tumbled leather with a speed-lacing system. Its most distinct feature is the list of Jordan's career achievements up to 1994 on the striped outsole. From its great crop of original colorways including the City Series to today's unique collaborations, the Jordan 10 should simply not be slept on. Wake up with our favorites below.
Michael Jordan was officially "back" after he went in to Madison Square Garden and dropped 55 points in only his fifth game back from retirement on March 28, 1995. This "Double Nickel" edition of the shoe fittingly released on the 20th anniversary of Jordan's legendary performance in 2015, complete the with #45 from his PE pairs embroidered on the ankle. Perfection.
Once the Playoffs began in 1995, Jordan, as usual, switched to the black-based colorway of his shoe. In the case of the Jordan 10, it was the stealthy "Shadow" edition in dark grey nubuck and tumbled black leather with a pop of red for the Jumpman on the heel. The colorway retroed in top form just last year, built in premium materials and accurate-to-the-original details inside and out.
We're adding one last of the many great original Jordan 10 colorways to our picks: the always-clean "Powder Blue" edition. Like the "Powder Blue" Jordan 9 before it, this look was inspired by Jordan's college days at the University of North Carolina. The beautiful colorway returned for the first time ever in 2014. Five years later, deadstock pairs are quickly getting harder and harder to find, so considering that it could be another 20 years before they come back again, you might just want to grab a pair now.
For what is perhaps the most unique iteration of the silhouette ever, in 2013 the annual Doernbecher Freestyle Collection with Nike included this Air Jordan 10 by patient Daniel Peña. The distinct construction features an eye-catching blend of textures in black and red with Daniel's own "DP" logo in the graphic style used on original player exclusives of the shoe. This was also the first Jordan 10 to utilize a clear outsole.
The first of many coveted collaborations from Drake and Jordan Brand, this Air Jordan 10 was released in late 2015. Featuring a premium leather upper with exotic stingray textured detailing, gold accents, and a glitter-infused clear outsole, the Jordan 10 has never been more luxe than this. Seen here in white, the October's Very Own collaboration also released in a black colorway.
Steve Wiebe, a renowned tattoo artist with many NBA player clients, got the chance to design his very own Air Jordan 10 in 2018. The result was a work of art in itself, featuring an all-red upper in premium textured leather and nubuck with black accents for a classic Bulls aesthetic. The head-turning colorway released in very limited quantities, leaving it one of the most coveted Jordan 10s out there.
The holy grail for many collectors when it comes to the Jordan 10, this rare edition designed by the good folks at PSNY features a buttery soft black leather upper with red accents and a grey speckled sole. Unfortunately for most of us, it was only available to friends and family of PSNY, but, hey, that's what Stadium Goods is here for.