Stadium Goods presents our picks for the best Women's Air Jordan 1 releases essential to any collection.Not so long ago, being a female sneaker collector was the pits. All that seemed to exist were cliché pink colorways with cliché designs that sneaker brands thought appealed to women. In actuality, everyone just wanted to wear the classics or something equally as timeless and inclusive.
It looked like we were headed in the right direction when Jordan Brand announced it had struck a partnership with Vashtie Kola to produce a Women’s Air Jordan 2. After that collaboration, things changed, people got excited, and then it was a slow crawl to the next time a monumental women’s shoe got everyone talking again.
Then, Aleali May’s collaborative Air Jordan 1 in 2017 was the beginning of a new era for Women’s Air Jordans. Specifically, the Jordan 1. Since that Los Angeles Raiders tribute of a colorway dropped, there’s been a steady stream of desirable Women’s Air Jordan 1s flooding the market.
We dug through our inventory to bring you 10 of the Best Women’s Air Jordan 1s. In this list, you’ll find a nice selection of high, low, and mid Air Jordan 1s. And don’t worry, there’s not a single pink colorway included.
The two basketball teams most closely associated with Michael Jordan are represented on the Women’s Air Jordan 1 “UNC to Chicago.” The shoe lives up to its enormous billing with its contrasting colors and rich black tumbled leather base.
Jordan Brand’s interpretation of “University Blue” has changed over the years, and this Women’s Air Jordan 1 Low “UNC” is a lighter example of the baby blue hue. No matter the shade, this Women’s Jordan 1 proves that any “UNC” is always a hit.
The rise in popularity of the Women’s Air Jordan 1 has contributed to the success of the model’s alternate Mid silhouette. And there may be no greater example than Melody Ehsani’s “Fearless” design. For her first-ever sneaker collaboration, the luxury jewelry designer turned the venerable shoe completely on its head by incorporating a gold watch face into the shoelaces at each toe.
Based on an original colorway, the Women’s Air Jordan 1 “Satin Black Toe” uses a luxurious satin material on its collar and heel to differentiate itself from the “OG” look. There’s also gold accented metal medallion “Wings” emblem on the collar that is specific to this intriguing design.
There’s a little bit of that old Nike Air Force 1 “Sheed” magic worked into the design of the Women’s Air Jordan 1 “UNC Patent Leather.” The glossy finish and mostly two-tone appearance takes it back to the way Nike used to style its Air Force 1s in the ‘90s and 2000s.
The third entrant to the popular “Shattered Backboard” series, the Women’s Air Jordan 1 “Satin Shattered Backboard” is laid out exactly like the first colorway from 2015. Except this time, Jordan Brand utilized a satin finish to the model’s perforated toe, collar, and heel.
In 1985, Nike released a plethora of original Air Jordan 1 colorways. One of which was a black and white based look that doesn’t appear all that different from the Women’s Air Jordan 1 “Twist” from 2019. The modernized version, however, is treated with black faux hair panels and waxed cotton laces for an updated look.
Legendary entities in their respective fields, Vogue and Jordan Brand formed an unlikely partnership in 2018 when they collaborated on the Women’s Air Jordan 1 Zip. The zipped-up Jordan 1 in premium leather released in two colorways, cream and the all-red version seen here. The classy design features an “Edited by Vogue” hang tag and the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s “AWOK” sign-off on the translucent outsole.
Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that the Air Jordan 1 originated as a high-performing basketball shoe. The Women’s Jordan 1 Mid “Lightbulb” masks the shoe’s performance roots with a mixture of washed out hues and materials in favor of a more casual vibe.
What do most of these Women’s Air Jordan 1s have in common? Color. A rainbow’s worth appears on the Women’s Air Jordan 1 Low “Multi-Color,” and the mixed-and-matched hues and textures work together perfectly.