Air Jordans exist in tiers of exclusivity: at the bottom are general releases, at the top are player exclusives and one-offs created for Jordan Brand-sponsored athletes and influencers. Somewhere toward the high end of that hierarchy are the most limited  retail pairs, ones that were available to the public but only in very small numbers. Inevitably, these fetch thousands of dollars on the resell market and became the stuff of sneaker lore.

Gathered here are the rarest colorways for each Air Jordan model that actually released. Some were made available at specific retailers, some were auctioned off for charity, and others were introduced to the public through less conventional means. But all of them did actually release at some point, even if they did so in numbers so scarce that they disappeared immediately thereafter.