The History of Jordan Sneakers

By Joel Ortiz

The Evolution of Jordan’s Basketball Shoes


Sales of sneakers really took off in 1984, when Michael Jordan signed a contract to wear a Nike shoe called Air Jordans,the most famous sneaker ever made. Even after Jordan retired from the NBA, his shoes continued to be best sellers. As companies like Nike, Reebok and Adidas competed, they changed the way sneakers looked, adding wild colors and doing away with laces. Sneakers began to be produced for every sport, including walking, skateboarding and “cross training.”


The shoe that started it all was the Jordan Retro 1. This shoe is one with the most colorways as they are still making different colorways for the shoe. This is shoe is heavily criticised. People claim that the Retro 1 is a really boring shoe. To me the shoe is good because it’s simple and you can do a lot of things with this shoe. The next shoe is the Jordan Retro 2. This shoe was not as popular because Jordan got injured and he did not play much games in this shoe. Though they just remastered it and

The Evolution of Jordan’s Basketball Shoes


Sales of sneakers really took off in 1984, when Michael Jordan signed a contract to wear a Nike shoe called Air Jordans,the most famous sneaker ever made. Even after Jordan retired from the NBA, his shoes continued to be best sellers. As companies like Nike, Reebok and Adidas competed, they changed the way sneakers looked, adding wild colors and doing away with laces. Sneakers began to be produced for every sport, including walking, skateboarding and “cross training.”


The shoe that started it all was the Jordan Retro 1. This shoe is one with the most colorways as they are still making different colorways for the shoe. This is shoe is heavily criticised. People claim that the Retro 1 is a really boring shoe. To me the shoe is good because it’s simple and you can do a lot of things with this shoe. The next shoe is the Jordan Retro 2. This shoe was not as popular because Jordan got injured and he did not play much games in this shoe. Though they just remastered it and made a new color way it still did not sell out, This is really rare because almost every remastered shoe sold out.

The next shoe was the Retro 3. This was and still is one of the most popular shoe. The three was good because it was the return of Jordan from being injured. It was one of the first Jordans to include an air bubble in the heel of the shoe to provide cushioning. The next shoe was the Jordan Retro 4. This shoe was considered the most durable shoe that Jordan has ever made. It was remastered several times and every time it sold out. Next was the Jordan Retro 5. This shoe was more of a wear around than a playing shoe. It was very heavy and bulky and most people did not like it because of this.
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