Can't keep track of the myriad of Air Jordan releases? We're here to help with this list of every single Air Jordan Retro of 2021 in chronological order.
As you can see, 2021 is proving to be yet another huge year for Jordan Brand, and your sneaker closet, with a wide variety of returning OG colorways, classic favorites, and all-new looks for your favorite models. Check them all out below, and keep in mind that each and every one of them is available now at Stadium Goods.
Release Date: January 9, 2021
Jordan Brand kicked off 2021 the same way it ended the final few months of 2020: with a totally bonkers Air Jordan colorway. Mimicking the deconstructed ethos of various Off-White x Jordan collaborations, the Jordan 1 High “Volt Gold” is a head-turner in every way possible.
Release Date: January 16, 2021
The “Shattered Backboard” theme, which references the uniform colors of the Italian Basketball League team that Michael Jordan suited up in an overseas exhibition game in 1985, had been featured exclusively on the Air Jordan 1 prior to its appearance on the Jordan 13 “Starfish.”
Release Date: January 21, 2021
Black ballistic mesh appears on the Air Jordan 4 for the first time on the women’s exclusive “Starfish” colorway. The rugged textile gives a contemporary look to Mike’s iconic signature shoe.
Release Date: January 23, 2021
Seldomly seen, the slept-on Air Jordan 5 Low was rolled out for a very special “Chinese New Year” colorway in January 2021. A hidden colorway beneath the model’s original Sail canvas construction is revealed after wear.
Release Date: January 30, 2021
If the Air Jordan 9 “University Gold” looks familiar, that’s because you probably remember when a similar colorway of the shoe was released in July 2010 called the “Citrus.” Nearly identical to one another, the “University Gold” displays yellow accenting where the Jordan 9 “Citrus” featured orange hues.
Release Date: January 31, 2021
Limited to 8500 units, the Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Chinese New Year 2021” honors the model’s iconic “Bred” colorway while simultaneously saluting the traditional Chinese holiday. For many sneaker collectors, the “Chinese New Year” is their introduction to the look of the Jordan 1 Low that was released back in 1985.
Release Date: February 6, 2021
The Air Jordan 5 factored heavily into Jordan’s release cycle last year and continues to do so in 2021, as well. On the “Anthracite,” “JB” gives the silhouette an update with reflective netting on the tongue and mid-panel that illuminates when exposed to light in the dark.
Release Date: February 6, 2021
The biggest sporting event of the year deserves a special Air Jordan colorway, don’t you think? For Super Bowl LV (55), Jordan Brand released the Jordan 12 Low “Super Bowl LV,” a modified, low-top version of the shoe’s “Flu Game” makeup that Mike famously wore during the ‘97 NBA Finals.
Release Date: February 10, 2021
Sneaker collectors flexing their hanging-on-by-a-thread pairs of original Air Jordan 1 High “Neutral Greys” from 1985 (the few lucky enough to even have a pair, at least) rejoiced when a version of the shoe made with modern materials was released in February 2021. The Jordan 1 High ‘85 “Neutral Grey” followed last year’s “Varsity Red” and “New Beginnings Pack” colorways. All three versions enact the exact design specifications of the original Jordan 1 from ‘85.
Release date: February 10, 2021
What do you think, is the Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1 High “Chicago” a confirmation that Michael Jordan really was “frozen out” of stretches of the 1985 NBA All-Star Game by his teammates? Or is this just an instance of Marcus Jordan, Michael’s son and the brainchild behind this father-son sneaker collaboration, having a little fun at his pop’s expense? The answer is probably both.
Release Date: February 11, 2021
A history lesson in the form of a shoe, the Clot x Air Jordan 14 Low “Terracotta” is inspired by the reddish clay sculptures used in the burial of China's first emperor in 210 B.C. Edison Chen’s streetwear label continues to merge the gap between Eastern and Western cultures one sneaker collaboration with Nike and/or Jordan Brand at a time.
Release Date: February 13, 2021
Somehow, the “Nike Air” branding found on the heel of the original Air Jordan 6 “Carmine” kept being excluded from the shoe every time it was re-released since 1990. That changed when Jordan Brand brought the classic detailing back on February 2021’s “Carmine” that celebrates the Jordan 6’s 30-year-anniversary.
Release Date: February 17, 2021
Sure, the Women’s Air Jordan 1 High “Silver Toe” may be inspired by space exploration, but we have another thought as to what actually influences the design: Kawhi Leonard’s rare “Think 16” Jordan 1 High. See for yourself.
Release Date: February 20, 2021
One of the more popular non-original Jordan colorways is “Cool Grey.” Apply it to any shoe and wallah! An instant classic. That was the case when the Air Jordan 3 “Cool Grey” debuted in 2007 and when it was brought back with a few modifications in February.
Release Date: February 27, 2021
An unreleased Friends & Family colorway of the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 is the likely culprit behind the inspiration of the Air Jordan 4 “Taupe Haze.” If you were on the fence about the “Taupe Haze” before reading that sentence, how do you feel about the shoe now?
Release Date: March 6, 2021
A colorway to look out for in 2021? Jordan Brand’s “University Blue.” The alternate “UNC” inspired hue graced the Air Jordan 1 High of the same nickname in March and will appear again on a few more Jordan models further down this list.
Release Date: March 20, 2021
No official Georgetown Hoyas insignia is needed to know what the Air Jordan 3 “Midnight Navy” is all about.
Release Date: March 27, 2021
Can you tell the difference between the first Air Jordan 5 “Stealth” from 2006 and the March 2021 release? Updates to the modern colorway include a new Jumpman color on the heel and a grey midsole with black shark tooth detailing speckled with blue.
Release Date: March 31, 2021
How could you not feel uplifted when looking at the bright, mismatching, vegetable-dyed leather panels on the Women’s Air Jordan 9 “Change the World?” The first-ever women’s exclusive Jordan 9, the “Change the World” features “Heal the World” text on the pull tabs on the back of the shoe.
Release Date: April 3, 2021
“Fresh like it’s Easter.” The Meek Mill lyric wholly defines the vibe of the Air Jordan 12 Low “Easter.”
Release date: April 10, 2021
Whether you know it as the“Toro” or “Raging Bull,” sneaker collectors are in agreement that this all-red suede Air Jordan 5 from 2009’s “Defining Moments Pack” was long overdue for a standalone release before it finally happened in April.
Release Date: April 17, 2021
Traditionally, the perfect “summer sneaker” has been perceived as being a low-top shoe with minimal branding in an all-white leather or canvas construction. Not anymore. As the Air Jordan 1 High “Hyper Royal” shows, the ideal summer sneaker can feature breezy blue suede, classic branding, and come in a high-top design.
Release date: April 28, 2021
If the calendar year were to somehow end at the time of this writing (that’s April 28th, in case you’re wondering) A Ma Maniere’s Air Jordan 3 “Raised by Women” might be our choice for sneaker of the year for 2021. Of course we’ll reserve judgment for that crown until December, but the shoe is seriously that great. Inspired by the first pair of sneakers James Whitner’s mother bought him as a child, the boutique’s owner aimed to show appreciation for the women in his life with this inclusive, vintage-inspired colorway.
Release date: April 28, 2021
It's hard to believe, but it wasn't until 2021 that Jordan Brand designed an edition of the beloved Air Jordan 4 with the popular “UNC” color theme. But as you can see, it was worth the wait for the colorway inspired by Michael Jordan's alma mater on the Jordan 4, as we all got this Carolina blue suede edition with classic cement accents. They even threw a "Team 23" tag on the side of the Jumpman tongue patch as a reference to the hangtags on basketball uniforms.
Release date: April 30, 2021
“British Khaki” is a unique name for a unique shoe created by a unique individual. Travis Scott’s second-ever Air Jordan 6 colorway returns to the military influenced style that propelled his first collaboration on the shoe to great heights in 2019. Only this time, the model features even more storage options thanks to a new zip pocket on the medial collar. That design, paired with the model’s original cargo pocket on the lateral collar and the aforementioned supple British Khaki colored upper, makes this one of “La Flame’s” most compelling sneaker designs to date.
Release date: May 1, 2021
Thanks to “The Last Dance,” sneaker collectors have never been more enamored with the late ‘90s Air Jordans “His Airness” wore during his final seasons with the Chicago Bulls. One can look at the excitement models like the Air Jordan 13 “Flint” and Air Jordan 12” University Gold” created in 2020. The next colorway destined for nostalgic-fueled greatness? The new “Red Flint” makeup of the Jordan 13. An alternate red based version of the aforementioned “Flint,” the “Red Flint” looks like a leftover from a Jordan Brand design meeting from 1998. And that’s a good thing.
Release date: May 4, 2021
With so many Air Jordan 1s in the wild—in wild colorways we may add—it’s almost unfathomable to imagine how Jordan Brand continues to find inspiration for new designs for the shoe. But it does, amazingly. One of the more interesting styles to release in 2021 has been the “Patina,” also known as “Rust Shadow,” a two-in-one proposition that siphons a little magic from the model’s original “Shadow” look. The rest of the shoe features copper-like leather panels and a pretty funky looking white-stitched “Nike Air” logo on the tongue.
Release date: May 6, 2021
Once upon a time, Jordan Brand had the intuition to recreate iconic Air Jordan styles as “lifestyle” shoes in colors and materials that could be worn casually off the court. The Air Jordan 11 Low “Citrus,” as it was called when it debuted in 2001, was one of these designs. The “Citrus” returned in May as a women’s exclusive colorway called the “Bright Citrus.” Even with a few subtle changes to its design and name, the shoe is still a summertime classic.
Release date: May 7, 2021
Of all the original Air Jordan 11 colorways, none have lived a life as interesting as the “Columbia.” The colorway debuted with that nickname back in 1996 and was worn by Michael Jordan just once in the NBA, during the ‘96 NBA All-Star Game. Despite the fact that its baby blue accents are an obvious reference to the UNC Tar Heels, the “Columbia” was never recognized as a “UNC” shoe by Nike or Jordan Brand. In 2014, Jordan changed its name to the “Legend Blue.” And, just recently, produced a low-top version to be worn this summer and summers thereafter until the end of time.
Release date: May 8, 2021
Introduced in 2006, the Air Jordan 7 “Flint” was one of the model’s first non-original colorways and a highly versatile one at that. The “Flint” made its long-awaited return in May 2021.
Release date: May 12, 2021
The somewhat mysterious relative of the standard Air Jordan 1, the Jordan 1 KO built in canvas, returned for 2021 in the original “Chicago” colorway. And just like every release of the regular leather-constructed Jordan 1, the KO sold out almost instantly.
Release date: May 13, 2021
Jordan Brand dropped this youth-exclusive Air Jordan 3 in May, featuring some slight modifications on the upper's construction and vibrant accent colors. An icy clear outsole finished the look off perfectly.
Release date: May 15, 2021
The original Air Jordan 1 High “Shadow” never needed Michael Jordan’s on-court cosign to be considered a great shoe. With an easy-to-match black and grey leather color block, the “Shadow” was a “lifestyle” Air Jordan long before sneaker marketing championed the category. On the new Air Jordan 1 High “Shadow 2.0,” Jordan Brand reinterprets the design with even more grey panels in a lighter tone, all of which still feels true to the original look.
Release date: May 21, 2021
The sparsely released Air Jordan 1 Low OG returned just in time for summer. The “OG” designation on the name of this colorway is pushing it though, as the construction comes highly modified with exposed foam around the collar, a mini Swoosh embroidered on the toe, a reflective heel tab, and a checkered pattern on the tongue tag. And that's all before you even get to the unique pale green colorway.
Release date: May 22, 2021
French football club Paris Saint-Germain continued its partnership with Jordan Brand this summer with this airy version of the Jordan 7 featuring meh windows.
Release date: June 3, 2021
The original ”Metallic Purple” Jordan 1 returned in 2021, but this time with a few upgrades for this women's release. The new edition adds a leather tongue and smooth purple satin inner lining for a more premium look and feel.