Air Jordan XI “XX8 Days of Flight”
Year Of Sample: 2013
Let’s face it, it’s nearly impossible to make a bad Air Jordan XI. The design (thank you, Tinker) just doesn’t allow it. That’s not to take away anything from the black and green “XX8 Days of Flight” colorup, which is a banger regardless, but it looks better on the Air Jordan XI than it does on most silhouettes. Which goes for a lot of colors. Sorry, other Jordans.
Air Jordan III “Denim”
Year Of Sample: 2011
Just as quickly as they surfaced, the denim and khaki versions of the Air Jordan III sank without a trace. Last seen nearly exactly two years ago, the samples haven’t led anywhere yet, but suffice to say a limited release of a denim Air Jordan III with gum bottoms would likely make Doernbecher resale prices look sane. Maybe throw some black leather on there too, word to DJ Clark Kent.
Air Jordan 1 “XX8 Days of Flight”
Year Of Sample: 2013
The Air Jordan 1 has gotten no shortage of love this year, and one expects that will continue straight into 2015, the silhouette’s 30th anniversary. So while decisions are being made about colorways, we humbly submit the “XX8 Days of Flight” model for consideration. Black premium leather, lime green accents, and an embossed ball and wings logo-subtly outrageous, just like Nike originally intended.
Air Jordan V “Wedding”
Year Of Sample: 2006
As if you needed more reasons to want to work for Jordan Brand, these Air Jordan V samples should give you another. Created for a lucky Jordan Brand executive in 2006, the “Wedding” Air Jordan V gets its nickname because that’s wht it was created for, a wedding. The white and gold version features details for the big day stitched on the inside of the tongue and carries a color combo that would make any collector envious. Clearly, these will probably never actually make any production line.
Air Jordan II “Georgetown”
Year Of Sample: 2012
The Air Jordan II may not have the Swoosh or the Jumpman but it’s one of the best of all time for many reasons. For the opening of a new Nike store in DC, Jordan Brand worked up a series of Georgetown Hoyas inspired colorways. Nearly every shoe in the made for display line up was tastefully done but there is something about the grey and blue on the Jordan II that has us wishing it was on our feet.
Air Jordan XI “Orange”
Year Of Sample: 1999
Even up to today, the Air Jordan XI remains somewhat sacred in the Air Jordan lineage. Sure, there was a lot of experimentation with the patent leather low-cut versions the first time they released, but the original Air Jordan mid remains primarily available in original, Jordan-worn colorways, this year’s “Gamma Blue” Christmas release notwithstanding. These white mids with orange patent would be quite the departure from that, but maybe it would open things up for a whole new generation of Jordan fans.
Air Jordan III “Pantone 284”
Year Of Sample: 2010
The Air Jordan III is hard to wrong with but when it’s a part of a collection of Jordans using the same hues, it still stands out thanks to its details. The Pantone 284 Collection looked like something a Carolina Tarheels fan would dream of. The light blue colorways teamed up with white accents were all solid but the Jordan III featured laser detailing throughout the upper that made it much more unique than the rest of the collection.
Air Jordan XX3 Low “Bobcats”
Year Of Sample: 2008
MJ may not be in high regards when it comes to his role with the Bobcats but that doesn’t mean the Bobcats colorways weren’t flowing. Whether it was for Michael during practice or for Gerald Wallace, these Air Jordan XX8 samples should have been made for the masses.
Air Jordan XI IE Low “Referee”
Year Of Sample: 1996
Was the “referee” sample of the Air Jordan XI IE really made for refs? Or was it just a “stealth” way of debuting a new silhouette? Given the red Jumpman on the tongue, the red springplate, and MJ’s not-always-cordial relationships with the officials, one would presume it was the latter. This is supported by the sneaker’s actual structure, which features a more primitive lacing setup than the production models. Regardless, putting this pair in production instead of pushing a new retro color would be amazing.
Air Jordan IV “XX8 Days of Flight”
Year Of Sample: 2013
To help launch the Air Jordan XX8, Jordan Brand reworked a series of limited edition black and green colorways of each of the signature Air Jordan shoes. For 28 days, a new model was unveiled, one each day, in matching colors that would eventually be the launch color of the Air Jordan XX8. The Air Jordan IV was one that stood out from the rest as a colorway we’d love to see happen. Especially after we weren’t the winners of the XX8 Days of Flight giveaway.
Air Jordan XI “Pantone 284 For The Love of The Game”
Year Of Sample: 2010
You crazy for this one Mark Smith! As if dousing every Air Jordan silhouette in Pantone 284 (Carolina blue) wasn’t enough, the XI received a little extra treatment with lasering on the patent leather. A wider release would be something of a bitter pill for Jordan purists, but if it’s not one thing with those people it’s something else (and trust, we should know). These would make for a killer Christmastime hyperstrike, not that we’re trying to suggest anything.
Air Jordan III “Clear Sole”
Year Of Sample: Early 2000s
The icey sol didn’t originally show up on the Air Jordan signature series until the Jordan V but it’s a safe bet most ‘heads would be lining up for a chance at these samples. In the early ’00s these clear soled “White Cement” Air Jordan IIIs showed up on the forums and had everyone guessing. The Doernbecher III has received the clear bottom treatment but these would still turn some serious heads.
Air Jordan XI “45”
Year Of Sample: 1995
This might be cheating, as the “45” Space Jams and Concords would have no doubt gone into production had Michael Jordan kept his comeback number. But he didn’t, so the “45” XIs remain a highly sought-after (and oft faked) Air Jordan. A number on the heel might not be as significant as an entirely different colorway, but it does stand for something-that the Air Jordan XI shouldn’t just be remembered for the ’95-96 season and a Bugs Bunny movie.