There’s plenty of hoopla going around right now about the return of Nike Air on the Air Jordan III ’88 Retro. The topic of the III itself is over with, as many have voiced their opinions arguing for either side. It’s inevitable at this point to stop the Nike Air return and I wouldn’t be surprised if we continue to see some releases for the OG faithfuls. But if we are to get more Jordans donning the Nike Air, why not make a wishlist of which ones we would want?
Here are my top 5 Air Jordans I would like to see return from the so called “Nike Air” era:
5. Air Jordan III White/True Blue (2001 version pictured)
We’re already seeing the Air Jordan III return in a cement colorway, but if I had to choose, why not the “True Blue” release. From the four original colorways, the True Blues always struck out to me as different, for obvious reasons, as the colorblocking is very calm on the shoe. Nothing beats the use of cement print on three pars of the shoe along with the contrasting blue.
4. Air Jordan I Black/Soft Grey
This one has already been answered, quite recently actually. The last retro of these left many disappointed (including myself) as the materials felt lacking. I’ll admit, I’ve never owned an original pair, but I have seen a few in person and it’s easy to tell the different from the retro and OG based on materials alone. With the OG movement the Air Jordan I is going through, hopefully these pull through.
3. Air Jordan V “Grape”
This one has also been semi-answered already too, with them seeing a release in May. They’re coming back with the Jumpman but shoot, why not just have a full on OG movement and throw Nike Air on a select amount of special edition pairs? Do you know how much people would go through just to get a pair that says “Nike Air?” It would be pure insanity…
2. Air Jordan VI “Sport Blue”
Call them the Sport Blues, call them the September Blues, the forgotten child of the Air Jordan VI original colorways (along with the maroon pair), it would be something to see them drop again. At this point, we’re long overdue in seeing a retro, and why not bring them back with some Nike Air style?
1. Air Jordan VI “Carmine”
Honestly, I don’t even care. Just bring them back in general. Nike Air, Jumpman, doesn’t matter. This is the VI I need to see again. We did see a retro with the CDP paired with the XVIIs, but that feels like eons ago. The colorway is loud but subtle and still holds a spot as one of the best Air Jordan colorways on any model.
The Nike Air era, which featured six different models, spanning Air Jordan I to Air Jordan VI. I may have not been relevant to the sneaker world a the time but I can appreciate the releases and how they change the game. We’re seeing Nike Air sported on Jordans today (although a very very select few), why not see them on a few more? I understand the purists and how some don’t want Nike Air back, but I’m looking at it through the scenario of you have no choice.
Five colorways with Nike Air, you pick.
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