The Most Frequently Released Air Jordans of All-Time
words // 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 past. 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. Is that necessarily a bad thing?
Just how often are classic Jordans being re-released? We've put together a list of the most frequently released pairs 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.
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Air Jordan 11 'Bred'
Years: 1996, 2001, 2008, 2012
Being included in the Countdown Pack gives this colorway the edge over 'Concords.'
Air Jordan 9 White/Black-True Red
Years: 1994, 2002, 2008, 2010
A lot of drops for a shoe that MJ never officially wore in an NBA game.
Air Jordan 8 'Bugs'
Years: 1993, 2003, 2008, 2013
Probably not one of the shoes you expected to see on this list, but the most recent drop put it over the top.
Air Jordan 7 Black/Red
Years: 1992, 2002, 2009, 2012
They came out long before the Raptors were ever a franchise. And the Raptors don't even wear purple anymore.
Air Jordan 7 'Olympic'
Years: 1992, 2004, 2010, 2012
And to think, Fat Joe once licked the sole of an OG pair on MTV because they were so rare.
Air Jordan 5 'Metallic'
Years: 1990, 2000, 2007, 2011
Not to mention the Bin23 version and upcoming 3Lab5 release.
Air Jordan 5 White/Black-Fire Red
Years: 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: 1989, 1999, 2008, 2012
This shoe is the reason you've seen so many Black/Red XIXs on eBay for the past six years.
Air Jordan 3 'True Blue'
Years: 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 'Bulls'
Years: 1985, 1994, 2003, 2013
Not sure why Jordan Brand chose not to make this a true OG Hi release last year. It still had no problem selling out, so maybe next time? And yes, we're counting the patent leather version from 2003 here, though they aren't quite as timeless.
Air Jordan 3 'Black Cement'
Years: 1988, 1994, 2001, 2008, 2011
Unfortunately, rumors of a sixth drop last year with 'Nike Air' branding proved to be false.
Air Jordan 3 'Cement'
Years: 1988, 1994, 2003, 2011, 2013
We were pretty spoiled when these dropped in 2011 and 2013, the last time with Nike Air branding for the first time in a decade.
Air Jordan 1 'Bred'
Years: 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.