A Comprehensive Guide To Mash-Up Air Jordan’s
words // Steve Jaconetta
Since 2005, Jordan Brand has taken design elements from signature Air Jordan’s and combined them with updated technology. This brought forth the beginning of the hybrid, a ‘fusion’ of different Air Jordan’s into one new silhouette. Here we focus on models released by Jordan Brand which feature different signature shoes put together, not updated or casual versions of classics such as the Jordan True Flight, Prime 5 and 2.0 to name a few. Check out our comprehensive guide to mash-up Air Jordan’s below.
Jordan AJF 3:
The Jordan AJF 3 was one of the more popular models in the Nike x Jordan Brand ‘Fusion’ series. Taking elements from the Air Jordan III and combining them with the Nike Air Force 1 Low, complete with a visible Air unit in the heel and cement print detailing. We saw everything from OG colorways of the AJ III, HOH exclusives and limited LS releases drop.
Jordan AJF 4:
Along with the AJF 3, the Jordan AJF 4 also did well at retail and was somewhat tolerated by sneaker heads. They even featured a visible Air unit in the heel, just like the Air Jordan IV along with mesh netting and a wing on the sides. All four original colorways of the AJ IV made their way onto the AJF 4 as well as the ‘Laser’ editions found on two Air Jordan 4 Retro’s from 2005.
Jordan AJF 5:
The AJF 5 was the second model released in the Jordan AJF series. They followed the AJF 12 and brought the Air Jordan V to the Nike Air Force 1 in 2008. They were released in both high and low top form. The high’s featured a strap with mesh netting while the lows featured an ‘Is It The Shoes?’ printed graphic throughout the upper. Unlike the AJF 3, AJF 4 and AJF 6, the AJF 5 did not feature a visible Air unit in the heel however, they did feature the flame from the AJ V on the midsole.
Jordan AJF 6:
Continuing on with the Jordan Fusion line is the Jordan AJF 6. Like the AJF 5, these too were released in both high and low top form. The high’s featured an ankle strap while the lows did not. The AJF6 also featured a visible Air unit in the heel, like the AJF 3 and AJF 4. Original ‘Infrared’ colorways of the Air Jordan VI were released along with a few new ones.
Jordan AJF 8:
The Air Jordan VIII also made its way into the Jordan Fusion line. The Jordan AJF 8 came out in all three original AJ VIII colorways as well as a couple others, in 2010.
Jordan AJF 9:
The Jordan AJF 9 touched down in 2009. Combining the Nike Air Force 1 with the Air Jordan IX. They were released in both high and low top and included all original colorways of the AJ IX as a ‘Blue Pearl’ 2002 Air Jordan 9 Retro Low inspired pair.
Jordan AJF 10:
In 2010, the Air Jordan X joined the Nike Air Force 1 in the Jordan Fusion series. The Jordan AJF 10 features an AJ X-based upper with the iconic MJ ‘Achievements’ found on the bottom of the sole. Three colorways were originally set to drop however, only two made their way two retail, the OG ‘Steel Grey’ and ‘Shadow’ editions.
Jordan AJF 12:
It all started with the AJF 12. This was the first Air Jordan x Nike Air Force 1 mash-up. Combining the look of the Air Jordan XII with the iconic Nike Air Force 1. They originally debuted in 2008 in the ‘Taxi’ colorway and spawned many colorways both new and old thereafter. While the shoe was well-received at first, it was all downhill for the AJF line after the first few releases of the Jordan AJF 12.
Jordan AJF 13:
The follow-up to the Jordan AJF 4, the AJF 13 made its debut in 2009. Featuring elements of the Air Jordan XIII throughout the Nike Air Force 1 Mid. All colorways of the AJF 20 released were original Air Jordan XIII’s, the ‘Black Toe,’ ‘Flint’ and black/red.
Jordan AJF 20:
The Air Jordan XX and the Nike Air Force 1 joined forces on the Jordan AJF 20. Released in both mid and low top, the mid’s featured a lasered mid-foot strap while the lows did not. Instead, the AJF 20 Low featured laser print detailing on the side panels. Classic Air Jordan XX colorways such as the white/varsity red and ‘Stealth’ editions along with leather, patent leather and nubuck uppers were released.
Jordan Dub Zero:
Originally released in 2005, the Jordan Dub Zero was the first ‘hybrid’ Jordan released. Made to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Air Jordan, the Dub Zero was made up of various Air Jordan’s including the III, IV, V, XII and XX, to name a few. They dropped in 2009 for a second run.
The Jordan Spiz’ike was made to pay homage to Spike Lee, and all the time he spent as Mars Blackmon during the initial stages of the Air Jordan line. Featuring elements from some of the Air Jordan’s found in classic Spike Lee x Air Jordan ad campaigns such as the III, IV, V, VI and XX. The Spiz’ike debuted with a limited release in 2006 and run through 2007. A few colorways dropped in 2008, five more in 2010 and another small run that started in 2012 and ran into 2013.
Jordan Son Of Mars:
The follow-up to the Jordan Spiz’ike, the Jordan Son Of Mars made its debut in 2012. Very similar to the Spiz’ike the main difference here is the added lasered mid-foot strap from the Air Jordan XX and reflective 3M tongue from the Air Jordan V. They were later released in low-top form, without the strap.
Jordan 6 Rings:
The Jordan 6 Rings was made to commemorate Michael Jordan’s six NBA championships. The shoe is made up of all the models MJ wore during each title run, the Air Jordan VI, VII, VIII, XI, XII, XIII and XIV. Like the Jordan AJF 12, the 6 Rings was well-received at retail with the first few coming in classic Air Jordan XI-inspired ‘Concord’ and black/varsity red colorways.
Jordan Sixty Plus:
The follow-up to the Jordan 6 Rings, the Jordan Sixty Plus made its debut in 2009. Made to commemorate the times Michael Jordan scored 60+ points in a game during his NBA career. The Sixty Plus takes elements of each Air Jordan model laced up by MJ when he achieved these feats such as the Air Jordan I, II, V and VII. Colorways were inspired by the teams Jordan played against as well as a few others including the ‘Grape’ and ‘Laney’ editions.
The name says it all. What do you get when you add six plus seventeen? Twenty-three. The Jordan 6-17-23 is a combination of the Air Jordan VI and the Air Jordan XVII. This hybrid debuted in 2010 with an original Air Jordan VI-inspired ‘Carmine’ colorway. They returned for a second time, in 2014.
Jordan CMFT Air Max 10:
The Jordan CMFT Air Max 10 combined the look of the Air Jordan X with the style of the Nike Air Max ’97. They debuted in 2011 and were the third model released from the Jordan CMFT series.
Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11:
After the Nike Air Force 1 met the Air Jordan, it was time for the Air Max to join the party. The Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11 was the first model released in the Jordan CMFT series. Featuring elements of the Air Jordan XI in a running shoe form with Viz Air. They debuted in 2010 with the first two releases inspired by original Air Max 1 colorways and ran into 2011. One cannot forget about the first-ever Sole Collector x Jordan Brand collaboration which was a ‘Carbon Fiber’ edition of the CMFT 11.
Jordan CMFT Max Air 12:
Like the CMFT 10, the Jordan CMFT Max Air 12 also featured a Nike Air Max ’97 style to the design. Debuting in 2010, they came in both leather and mesh versions as well as nubuck.
Jordan CMFT Viz Air 13:
The Jordan CMFT Viz Air 13 took its design inspiration from the CMFT 11. Featuring the upper from the Air Jordan XIII sitting on the modified Viz Air sole, different from the one found on the first few CMFT 11 releases.
Jordan 2.5 Team:
The Jordan 2.5 Team takes the Air Jordan II and combines it with the Air Jordan III. They debuted in 2008 and came in numerous colorways which included the Air Jordan III-inspired ‘White Cement’ and ‘Black Cement’ editions.
Jordan 9.5 Team:
The Jordan .5 series started with the Jordan 18.5 in 2003-’04 and continued with the first two signature shoes for Carmelo Anthony, the Carmelo 1.5 an Melo 5.5. It returned in 2007 with the Jordan 9.5 Team, which combined the Air Jordan IX with the Air Jordan X. Both high tops and low tops were released as well as several colorways inspired by original Air Jordan IX’s.
Jordan 12.5 Team:
Did you ever wonder what the Air Jordan XII and XIII would look like if they were put together? Well, in January of 2008 that became a reality. The Jordan 12.5 Team cominbed the two classic silhouettes into one. They released in numerous colorways as well as in both high and low top.
Jordan 16.5 Team:
Something we haven’t seen a lot of to date is a mash-up of newer Air Jordan models. Yes, we did see elements of the Air Jordan XX on a few but outside of that, nothing past the Air Jordan XIII. That is, until the Jordan 16.5 Team debuted, which combined the Air Jordan XVI with the Air Jordan XVII. They debuted in 2009 and released in OG-inspired colorways as well as new ones. One pair even came packaged in a silver suitcase, like the one released with the original ‘College Blue’ Air Jordan XVII back in 2002.