by Brandon Richard
For the past two decades, Jordan retros have given us the opportunity to step foot in some of our favorite sneakers from the '80s and '90s all over again. However, some would argue that in recent years, a few classics have been ran into the ground with constant re-releases. Not only are some of the greatest Air Jordans returning for their fourth, fifth, and sixth runs, but the time between retros is getting shorter.
Just how often are iconic Air Jordans being re-released? We've put together a list of the most frequently retroed models of all-time. Different variations of each shoe were considered, but low-tops and re-stocks weren't factored in. Scroll through below and let us know if you think Jordan Brand should consider giving some of these classics a break.
Air Jordan 11 'Bred'
Years Released: 1996, 2001, 2008, 2012
After having to wait seven years between its first retro and 2008's Countdown Pack, we only had to wait four years for the Bred 11's solo return. The 2008 pair sticks out as being part of one of the few Countdown Packs, together with the "Taxi" Jordan 12, where people actually wanted both shoes.
Air Jordan 9 White/Black-True Red
Years Released: 1994, 2002, 2008, 2010
For a shoe that MJ never officially wore in an NBA game, these Air Jordan 9s have dropped an awful lot of times at retail.
Air Jordan 2 White/Black-Red
Years Released: 1987, 1994, 2004, 2010
This perpetually underrated colorway of the Air Jordan 2 may not seem like it's been out that many times, but it's been around the block. The lack of hype around this OG color of the Air Jordan 2 makes it easy to forget that it's actually released four separate times.
Air Jordan 11 'Concord'
Years Released: 1995, 2000, 2006 (DMP), 2011
The Concords have technically only released three times, but the 2006 DMP version was close enough for inclusion here. That pair making it in on a technicality brings the total number of releases for this OG colorway to four.
Air Jordan 6 'Infrared'
Years Released: 1991, 2000, 2010, 2014
The Infrared 6s have become more popular than ever in recent years, which isn't surprising when you consider their most recent retros came only four years apart.
Air Jordan 8 'Bugs'
Years Released: 1993, 2003, 2008, 2013
Aquas get most of the attention when it comes to Air Jordan 8s, but it's the Bugs Bunny 8s that have actually released the most frequently. The 2013 drop brought the total number to four.
Air Jordan 7 'Raptors'
Years Released: 1992, 2002, 2009, 2012
The Raptors weren't even a franchise at the time of their original launch, but thanks to the numerous retro releases in the 2000s, this AJ7 gained that nickname.
Air Jordan 7 'Olympic'
Years Released: 1992, 2004, 2010, 2012
And to think, Fat Joe once licked the sole of an OG pair on MTV because they were so rare. In hindsight, that seems like an odd choice considering all the times they've dropped since.
Air Jordan 5 'Metallic'
Air Jordan 5 'White/Black-Fire Red'
Years Released: 1990, 2000, 2008, 2013
We have to give this shoe a proper nickname, because that other 'Fire Red' 5 is always going to be the 'Fire Red' 5.
Air Jordan 4 'Bred'
Years Released: 1989, 1999, 2008, 2012
'Bred' Jordan 4s have been around plenty. No doubt the most frustrating among them was the 2008 "CDP" – a.k.a. the reason you've seen so many Black/Red Air Jordan 19s on eBay for the past seven years.
Air Jordan 3 'True Blue'
Years Released: 1988, 2001, 2009, 2011
Jordan Brand released these exclusively in Europe in 2009, so they owed us that follow-up in 2011.
Air Jordan 1 'Chicago'
Years Released: 1985, 1994, 2003, 2013, 2015
It only seems right that an original color of the first Air Jordan would be one of the most retroed shoes in the history of the line. And while the 2013 release wasn't a true OG Hi and 2003's was patent leather, they kept with the spirit of the original enough to be included.
Air Jordan 3 'Black Cement'
Years Released: 1988, 1994, 2001, 2008, 2011
These black 3s could have been even higher on the list had the rumored "Nike Air" pair in 2014 come to fruition.
Air Jordan 3 'Cement'
Years Released: 1988, 1994, 2003, 2011, 2013
The fact that they've dropped five times already probably has a lot to do with why Jordan Brand put the AJ3 back in the vault for the time being.
Air Jordan 1 'Bred'
Years Released: 1985, 1994, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2013
It's somewhat ironic that the colorway banned by the NBA in 1985 is the one we've seen the most. High or low-cut, Nike Air or Jumpman, 'Bred' 1s are always welcomed with open wallets.