How many times have you heard this statement? “The only Jordans that matter are I-XIV.” Or how about this? “All Jordan hybrids are ugly except maybe the Spiz’ike.”
That’s been a common consensus from many sneaker followers but for some, they are just mimicking what they have heard. The Air Jordan I-XIV get the most love out of the entire line and for good reason, the Air Jordan XIV was the last sneaker Jordan wore prior to his second retirement and the last as a Chicago Bull.
In the aspect of looks, here’s a quick list of the 5 most underrated Air Jordans on Sneakerpedia.
Air Jordan 2011
The Air Jordan 2009 and 2010 didn’t really take off for many people and the lack of colorways didn’t help. When the Air Jordan 2011 appeared, it erased the doubts that non-numbered Jordans would always be lacking in signature design and really stick out from the rest. The 2011 hit different themes and colorways, including the white/royal blue pair shown for the NBA East All-Star edition.
Air Jordan 2012
Following the 2011 was another sleeper in the Air Jordan 2012. The design was a unique one, blending the wing-tip look usually found on dress shoes with the exterior of a basketball shoe. The decision to mix Flywire with a combination of mesh and leather on the upper led to an Air Jordan that stood out from the rest, but in a positive way. The upper also created multiple possibilities in terms of colorways, including the “YOTD” themed colorway shown above.
Air Jordan Dub-Zero
When people speak of fusions or hybrids, the most popular would be the Spiz’ike. The runner-up however would be the Dub-Zero. There are fans of the Dub-Zero out there and the shoe really isn’t unappreciated but in terms of people speaking out about fusions or hybrids being tolerable, the Dub-Zero is often left out. The Dub-Zero combined the top features of previous Air Jordan models while still maintaining an original look.
Air Jordan XVII
The Air Jordan XVII marked the return of Michael Jordan to the basketball court as a Washington Wizard. Who remembers the suitcase? The combination of the lacing system, the removable strap and the leather/carbon fiber design comes together quite nicely. The price was sort of an issue during the release, even by today’s standards, but we’re just focusing on how the shoe is often forgotten.
Air Jordan XX3
The Air Jordan XX3, formerly known as the last of the numbered series goes right in line with being as iconic as I-XIV. The stitched pattern created opportunity for a vast number of design ideas while the midsole wrap adds on to the stand out look. The potential the shoe has is incredible, as it is a shame there are not too many colorways of this sneaker. It holds the XX3 moniker though, so maybe sometime down the road, we’ll see future colorways or retros of this model.
What Air Jordans do you think are underrated?
Head over to Sneakerpedia and browse around, and tell us what Air Jordans you think are underrated.