The first signature shoe of Michael Jordan, the Jordan 1, was released in 1985, a full 35 years ago. Thanks to numerous other iconic Air Jordans since the first, today people still can’t get enough of the sneakers Mike rocked on the hardwood, in commercials, and on the silver screen during the ‘80s and ‘90s—even as Nike continues to provide modern, tech-laden performance basketball shoes with off-court appeal.
The short of it is, Air Jordans remain a backbone of sneaker culture. And there’s plenty of hard data to support that claim. At the time of publishing this post in July, there have already been a total 40 releases of what Jordan Brand defines as “retro” Air Jordans.
And you’ll find all of them in chronological order by release date right here. This is Stadium Goods’ guide to Every Air Jordan Retro of 2020 (so far.)
Release date: January 11, 2020
Debuted as the launch colorway of the Air Jordan 13 in late 1997, the original “Black/White” design has the rare distinction of being a Jordan shoe worn by its namesake that was made even more popular by someone else. That someone is Jake Shuttlesworth. Played by Denzel Washington in “He Got Game,” Shuttlesworth wore the “OG” Jordan 13 colorway during the movie, leaving fans to rename the shoe as the “He Got Game.” Jordan Brand flipped the color scheme and named it the “Reverse He Got Game” in January.
Release date: January 18, 2020
The trend of lifestyle Air Jordan 1s continued earlier this year when Jordan Brand applied a street-ready black satin and leather finish to panels on the Jordan 1 “Black Satin.” We’ve gone on record about how underrated this design is and, truth be told, it's one of our favorite non-original Jordan 1s of the last few years.
Release date: January 22, 2020
Following MJ's departure from the game, Jordan Brand focused on remodeling his classic shoes in colorways strictly for lifestyle wear. Few designs were as well received as the Air Jordan 4 “Black Cat” in 2006, and the model lapped up similar adulation when it returned earlier this year.
Release date: January 23, 2020
Jordan Brand’s annual ode of Chinese New Year renewed this year, choosing the Jordan 13 as the sneaker to be next in line to receive a decidedly festive makeover in celebration of the “Year of the Rat.” It’s without a doubt one of the more adventurous Jordan 13s available.
Release date: January 25, 2020
The Air Jordan 9 is an interesting model in the signature collection. It's the only original model of Jordans 1-14 to have never been worn by Michael with the Chicago Bulls. Also, few Air Jordan 9 collaborations exist. The “Racer Blue” colorway doubles down on the Jordan 9's uniqueness with a flashy iridescent and reflective mudguard.
Release date: January 30, 2020
Jordan Brand kicked off the 30th anniversary of its Air Jordan 5 earlier this year by releasing the Women’s Jordan 5 “Oil Grey.” The iridescent upper that resembles the colors of an oil slick underneath of an old car translates quite well to a sneaker design.
Release date: January 31, 2020
Super Bowl LIV took place in Miami, Florida earlier this year, and there is an Air Jordan that captures the very essence of South Beach: the Jordan 10 “Super Bowl LIV.” This is one of the best “South Beach” colorways since “South Beach” colorways became a thing.
Release date: February 8, 2020
Cut to the exact measurements and specifications of the original Air Jordan 1, the Jordan 1 ‘85 “Varsity Red” is as close to as “OG” as possible. It features a color scheme reminiscent of the iconic “Bred,” and was produced in limited quantities. What we’re basically saying is, this is one of the best sneaker releases of the year.
Release date: February 12, 2020
A fitting tribute to Chicago, the host city of NBA All-Star Weekend 2020, and the career of its favorite son, the Air Jordan 1 “New Beginnings Pack” saw two extremely rare shoes associated with “His Airness” return in February. It had been decades since the Nike Air Ship was given a retail release, and the two-toned white and red Air Jordan 1 included in the pack was a player exclusive colorway worn briefly by Jordan his rookie season.
Release date: February 12, 2020
February was a busy month for Jordan Brand, releasing Air Jordan colorways new and old to endless praise. The Air Jordan 10 “Wings” dropped in the middle of the month during All-Star Weekend as part of the 8x8 Collection which gave four Chicago area students the opportunity to create Jordans dedicated to the Windy City.
Release date: February 14, 2020
Michael Jordan has helped popularize seemingly everything he’s ever been associated with, including the UNC Tar Heels and Chicago Bulls. It’s fitting that an Air Jordan 1 colorway, like this “UNC to Chicago” design in women’s sizing, would proudly display the team uniform colors of both squads.
Release date: February 15, 2020
The perfect storm of “Chicago” was brewing in February when Off-White dropped off this Air Jordan 5 during NBA All-Star Weekend which, as you already know, took place in Chicago. In case you needed any clarification, Off-White head honcho, Virgil Abloh, hails from the Windy City.
Release date: February 15, 2020 (Red Cement) / February 22, 2020 (Nike Chi)
If you were lucky enough to score either the hyper limited Air Jordan 3 “Red Cement - Nike Chi,” or the Jordan 3 “Red Cement,” then you own a little piece of sneaker history. The original Air Jordan 3 “Black Cement” made its first appearance during the NBA’s 1988 All-Star Weekend—Jordan Brand flipped the colorway the next time Chicago played host to the mid-season classic.
Release date: February 29, 2020
The Boston Celtics were an early foe of Michael’s in the mid-80s, so any time there’s an Air Jordan—like the Jordan 1 “Pine Green 2.0” seen here— in Celtics team uniform colors, we’re led to believe it’s a wink-and-nod moment from MJ to Larry Bird.
Release date: March 5, 2020
Some things of note about the Air Jordan 2: it was the first Jordan model to be produced in Italy. Also, the puffy padding around the collar is believed to be in response to MJ’s wanting of support and protection following his devastating ankle injury. And, it was the shoe of choice for the first women’s collaboration in brand history by Vashtie Kola in 2010. All of those elements come into play one way or another on the Women’s Jordan 2 “Multicolor.”
Release date: March 7, 2020
This former player exclusive colorway of the Air Jordan 3 was originally worn by the UNC Tar Heels during the 2018 Men’s NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament. In March, the design received an official retail release and added yet another highly desirable “UNC” Air Jordan to the signature series.
Release date: March 21, 2020
Crossover between Nike and Air Jordan shoes occurs only a few times per year, but every time it does, it’s special. For Air Max Day, which falls annually on March 21, Jordan Brand and Nike connected to deck out the timeless Air Jordan 4 in the same gradient color scheme as another legendary shoe: the Air Max 95 “Neon.”
Release date: April 8, 2020
“Hare Jordan” was Bugs Bunny’s basketball player alter ego when he appeared in commercials alongside Michael Jordan in the ‘90s. In April, the unofficial nickname of the crazy cartoon character was reprised when the Air Jordan 7 “Hare 2.0” upped the ante of the original release by adding a faux-fur upper.
Release date: April 11, 2020
Jordan Brand followed up the hit "Court Purple" Air Jordan 1 of 2018 one with a second version this year. As you can see, the Air Jordan 1 “Court Purple 2.0," is a worthy successor to the first iteration.
Release date: April 16, 2020
Jamaica Carnival is a festival that takes place annually in Kingston, Jamaica. And now, it has a shoe dedicated to its vibrancy: the Women’s Air Jordan 4 “Lucid Green/Rasta.” Inspiration from reggae culture, including the familiar colors of the Rastafarian movement, define this unique colorway.
Release date: April 18, 2020
A not-so-distant glimpse into sneaker culture history reveals Air Jordan “Defining Moments Packs,” which paired shoes worn by Michael Jordan in colorways with special themes. The collections, which debuted in 2006, began with two gold-accented colorways of the Jordan 6 and Jordan 11. Jordan Brand gave the 6 a solo release in April, and all collectors have been asking is “when will the next DMP Air Jordan release?”
Release date: May 2, 2020
The Air Jordan 5 “Fire Red - Silver Tongue” was rumored to be released at any moment back in the spring, but no official date was ever posted. It raised a few eyebrows privy to Jordan Brand’s tricks but, by-and-large, the surprise drop of the “OG” model caught a lot of us off guard when it showed up just prior to the last episode of “The Last Dance.”
Release date: May 9, 2020
Missed out on the fragment x Air Jordan 1 from 2015? The Jordan 1 “Royal Toe” is a worthy fallback option in one of the model’s most essential colorways. Truthfully, we don’t think it’s much of a compromise at all.
May 20, 2020 (4 releases total)
Some of the rarest Air Jordan 1s are part of the original roundup of colorways from ‘85. We’re talking about the “Metallic” Jordan 1s in colors as bright as a rainbow. Jordan Brand whetted our appetite with this Air Jordan 4 “Metallic Pack” featuring “Pine Green,” “Orange,” and “Purple,” and “Red” (the latter which ended up releasing on June 20 in Europe) colorways in color blocking similar to the “Pure Money” Jordan 4.
Release date: May 30, 2020
Far removed from Jordan’s playing days, shoes he never wore with the Bulls or Washington Wizards, like the Air Jordan 13 “Flint,” are receiving more attention and appreciation for what they ultimately are—great looking sneakers. That could be one of the ways to describe the hype surrounding this model’s late May release.
Release date: June 17, 2020
The Air Jordan 6 and 7 share similar design elements, so it’s unsurprising that colorways transfer easily from one model to the other. In June, the beloved “Hare” makeup returned, though not on the Jordan 7 as it originally did, but rather on the Air Jordan 6. Save for the Jumpman logo embroidery on the heel, this colorway appears as “OG” as anything released in the ‘90s.
Release date: June 20, 2020
A medley of three of the most timeless Air Jordan 5 colorways ever, the “Top 3” extracts styling points from models like the “Grape,” “Fire Red,” and “Black Metallic.” Who else is having a hard time wrapping their head around the fact that the Jordan 5 has been in existence for 30 years?
Release date: June 25, 2020
Kim Jones, Dior’s Creative Director, announced an upcoming collaboration with Jordan Brand during Dior’s Pre-Fall Show in 2020 in Miami… and everyone from the fashion and sneaker worlds lost it. When it was revealed that the Jordan 1 was the shoe of choice, well, you can imagine what happened next. It’s the most hyped sneaker collaboration of 2020.
Release date: June 25, 2020
A closer look into the design of the Air Jordan 3 “Animal Instinct 2.0” reveals a mashup of three colorways: “Black Cement,” “Mocha,” and “Oregon Ducks PE,” all while employing a multi-animal-print aesthetic.
Release date: June 26, 2020
With heavy tropical vibes, we declare this to be the unofficial official Jordan 1 for this summer, next summer, and all of the summers after that.
Release date: June 27, 2020
Summer releases of the Air Jordan 11 Low are now a yearly tradition for Jordan Brand. This year the “Concord Bred” colorway arrived, combining two classic Air Jordan 11 looks in-one: “Concord” and “Bred.”
Release date: July 2, 2020
A shoe that’s designed after a sleek sports car. That’s how we’d describe the Air Jordan 14 to someone who is unfamiliar with sneakers. If they liked the model and wanted a pair for themselves to wear then, well, we’d point them directly to the Jordan 14 “Gym Red.” The fiery red upper with black and white accents brings back memories of Michael Jordan wearing his Bulls team uniform.
Release date: July 8, 2020
Remember when we made the comment earlier about someone other than MJ making an Air Jordan more famous than even he could? It’s only happened a few times, and the original Jordan 5 “Grape” is another instance of what we’re talking about. Will Smith wore the shoe on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” while Michael couldn’t do so with the Bulls. All these years later, Jordan Brand is still tinkering with the design, which is how we ended up with this “Alternate Grape” colorway.
Release date: July 10, 2020
The Women’s Air Jordan 11 Low “White Concord” is inspired by an original sketch of the Jordan 11 by Tinker Hatfield. The white upper and Concord purple patent leather never made it to the Jordan 11 in 1996, but we're certainly glad it finally did now.
Release date: July 11, 2020
Another black, red, and white based Air Jordan 1 that has captured the attention of sneaker collections and no one is surprised. Splashes of “Light Smoke Grey” suede overlays inspire this design’s nickname.
Release Date: July 24, 2020
The Air Jordan 12's classic two-tone color block is always a winning formula for a new colorway, which is proven once again with this version featuring a black leather base and yellow accents. The translucent rubber on the sole was the perfect final touch.
Release date: July 25, 2020
Virgil Abloh is batting 1.000 when it comes to Air Jordan collaborations in 2020. After dropping off the previously mentioned Off-White x Jordan 5 earlier in 2020, Abloh circled back and took up the Air Jordan 4 as his next subject. Fitted in women’s sizing, the “Sail” colorway is earmarked for prime placement within sneaker rotations for the remainder of the year.
Release date: August 6, 2020
A familiar color scheme for the Air Jordan 1 was presented in some not-so-normal materials for this women's edition featuring snakeskin-textured leather and a red satin tongue.
Release date: August 7, 2020
Nike resurrected the Co.Jp, or "Concept Japan," line in full force in 2020. No bringback of the collection of colorways that were once exclusive to Japan in the early 2000s has been bigger than the return of the metallic silver Air Jordan 1 first released in 2001.
Release date: August 8, 2020
The annual Quai 54 streetball tournament in Paris, France was cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but at least we all still got a chance at the yearly special Air Jordan retros designed for the occasion. This year it was the Air Jordan 6, which arrived for an early August release in the USA. Released in two colorways, the Air Jordan 6 "Quai 54" features a premium leather construction with geometric patterns on its canvas base.
Release date: August 8, 2020
Option #2 for the Quai 54 Air Jordan 6 features a vibrant purple hue with black, blue and orange hits. Overall, both Jordan 6 “Quai 54s” are two of the most imaginative looks from Jordan Brand this year.
Release date: August 15, 2020
Also known as the “Ghost Green” colorway, the Air Jordan 5 “Alternate Bel-Air” is about as ‘90s of a design as you’ll find in the year 2020. The inspiration behind this color scheme comes from a familiar source if you’re up on your Air Jordan history—none other than Will Smith. The actor wore the original “Grape” Jordan 5 on early episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” In the time since, multiple Air Jordan 5s have been made in Smith’s honor. This “Alternate Bel-Air,” which is reminiscent of the “Bel-Air” makeup from 2013, is the latest to do so.
Release date: August 21, 2020
Jordan Brand’s emphasis on creating fresh new colorways in women’s sizing has been a continuous topic of conversation in the sneaker community. With designs like the Air Jordan 3 “Laser Orange,” the brand is giving women sneaker collectors a chance to wear the kind of designs they’ve always wanted to but unfortunately never could. It bears repeating that the “Laser Orange” looks like something Kobe Bryant would have laced up during his short but memorable sneaker free agency run in 2002-2003.
Release date: August 22, 2020
With life seemingly on pause back in April, ESPN’s airing of “The Last Dance” was the remedy that many of us needed to get through quarantining. In addition to reliving Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty all over again, the docuseries showcased some of the best Air Jordans of the late 1990’s, including the Jordan 12. The brand new “Indigo” continues the model’s storied legacy.
Release date: August 27, 2020
Some of the most popular Air Jordan colorways are getting the “Alternate” treatment in 2020. The Air Jordan 3 “Fire Red” got in on the fun when it was given a new denim finish on its classic elephant print detailing. The new redesign still elicits that familiar “OG” look while introducing a translucent heel molding with dual Jumpman and “Nike Air” detailing. It’s an interesting juxtaposition that could appear on future Jordan models.