words // Zac Dubasik

In the past few days, we’ve seen the reemergence of a sneaker trend that appeared to have overstayed its welcome a while back: lasering. But thanks to both the leaked shots of a 5lab4, as well as a pair of Concord Lows given to Chi McBride, lasering is back in the sneaker conversation.

Although lasering didn’t start in the Air Jordan line, that’s where it’s seen the most frequent use. Whether it was on special birthday editions for MJ himself, or integrated into the original design of Air Jordan XX, we’ve seen lasering used (to varying degrees of success) time and time again since it was first introduced to the line in the early 2000s.

Take a look through this history of lasered Air Jordans to see how many models in the line it’s spanned. And here’s the big question. Has a shoe ever looked better with lasering than without? Let us know in the comments.

 

Air Jordan 3 Retro (Michael Jordan 40th Birthday PE)
White / Black
2003

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro (Sample)
Varsity Red / Black / White / Cement Grey
2004

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro (Sample)
Varsity Royal / Varsity Red / Cement Grey / Black / White
2004

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro (MJ PE)
Chutney / White / Black
2004

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro (Nubuck MJ PE)
Black / Varsity Red / Medium Grey
2004

 

Air Jordan XX
All Colorways
2005

 

 

Air Jordan XX Low
White / Midnight Navy / Neutral Grey
2005

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro
White / Varsity Red / Black
2005
 

 

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro Rare Air
Black / Varsity Red / Medium Grey
2005

 

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro
White / Varsity Red / Black
2006

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro (Motorsports)
White / Varsity Royal / Black
2007

 

Air Jordan 5 RA
White / Army Olive / Solar Orange / Bison
2007

 

Air Jordan 1 Retro (Old Love Lasered Signature)
White / Black / Varsity Red
2007

 

Air Jordan 1 XQ
Black / Gold Dust / Sport Red / White
2007

 

Air Jordan 15 Retro LS
Black / Metallic Gold / White
2007

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro (Melo Olympic PE)
White / Varsity Red
2008

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro (Melo Olympic PE)
Midnight Navy / Varsity Red / White
2008

 

Air Jordan 1 Retro Hi Premier
Black / Varsity Red / White


Air Jordan 2010 (3M Laser Sample)
Metallic Silver / Metallic Silver
2010

 

Air Jordan 1 Phat 20
White / Black / Varsity Red

 

Air Jordan 1-2010
Pantone Collection 

 

Air Jordan XX3 (Tinker Hatfield PE)
Premier White / Titanium / University Blue
FIrst seen in 2010

 

Air Jordan 3 Retro DB
Varsity Red / Metallic Silver / Black
2010

 

Air Jordan 3 Retro BHM
Black / Metallic Gold
2011

 

 

Air Jordan 4 Retro
Black / Old Royal / Electric Green / White
2011

 

Air Jordan 4
White / Metallic Silver
2014

 

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low
White / Black / Dark Concord
2014