Air Jordans are iconic, stylish and highly coveted. They’re also timeless. Going back to its public launch in 1985 through the present day, its demand has certainly never waned.
Nike made its original Air Jordan sneakers exclusively for six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan when he began playing for the Chicago Bulls. The shooting guard quickly became a fan favorite — even in opposing team’s arenas — and The New York Times dubbed him “the phenomenal rookie of the Bulls.” Fans voted him into the All-Star game as a starter during his rookie season, a remarkable feat.
In late 1984, the first pair of Jordans was released to Jordan and in 1985, it became available to the public. Jordans quickly catapulted as a status symbol for a variety of reasons: the basketball player’s tremendous talent and the impact he immediately made on the sport, his style, the shoe’s simple design and high-quality materials like full-grain calfskin and premium leather uppers.
This luxury-brand designer sneaker tends to appreciate in value over time. Plus, the limited release makes them rare, therefore creating more demand. Consider this: a Sotheby’s auction fetched $560,000 for a pair of autographed first-generation Jordans the pro baller first wore!
Nearly 40 years since that first pair was introduced, interest has continued to soar much like its iconic namesake when he became airborne for a classic slam dunk. According to WWD, last year five million people registered for a chance to purchase limited edition Air Jordan 1 OG Dior sneakers. The kicker? Only 8,000 pairs were available for purchase with a price of $2,000 and $2,200.
OK, so now that you know a pair of Jordan sneaks are a highly coveted status symbol that is also comfortable, the better news is that they’re actually accessible. Affordable options exist and when you get savvy about savings like tapping into tax-free weekends in certain states on footwear less than $100 (state regulations differ), buying a pair won’t necessarily break the bank. (And when you get pretty excited over a good buy and can’t wait to wear your new purchase, you may also want to leverage same-day deliveries.)
There are affordable options for these high-end kicks whether you’re on the court or off, or planning to hold onto them for years to come.
Best Stores To Buy Air Jordans
- City Jeans
- Finish Line
- Foot Locker
- Hibbett Sports
- JD Sports
- Jimmy Jazz
- Kicks Crew
- Nike.com (sale section)
- Shiekh Shoes
- Stadium Goods
- Vestaire Collective
Are Air Jordans a Good Investment?
Jordans have continued to increase in value so, yes, they’re a good investment. (This reminds us of luxury handbags, which are often durable and stylish, but transcend the trends so they won’t sit in the back of your closet next season.)
Last year Jesse Einhorn, senior economist at StockX, told Town & Country, “When it comes to long-term sneaker prices, Jordans tend to appreciate over time. More than 80% of the Jordans in our marketplace have increased in value over the last year, a dozen models have appreciated more than $500, more than a hundred have at least doubled in resale value and the average top-selling Jordan has seen its resale price rise 27%.”
Best Cheap Air Jordans You Can Buy Now for Men
Jordan Series .02 “Dear Deloris”
The Jordan Series .02 “Dear Deloris” is a low-top men’s pair that pays tribute to one of the most influential figures in Michael Jordan’s life, his brother Larry. The “Dear Deloris” Jordan is packed with details including the “SWING FOR THE FENCE” quote on the sock liner. This Jordan series addition is lightweight, comfortable and wide-feet friendly.
Promising Review: “I bought these to replace a pair that had been stolen, and once again I am happy I did. I love the look of these shoes and they are very comfortable as well which is a bonus.” — TFcoach74
Jordan Series ES
This shoe was inspired by Mike’s friendly rivalry with his brother Larry. The rubber sole is designed for superior traction, and the shoe has a hidden inscription reading “swing for the fence,” advice from Larry to his little brother.
Promising Review: “Very nice shoes, durable and responsive in the court, I like the pricing and the overall look, good shoes for a good price” — Erick
Air Jordan 1 Low Reverse Bred Size
The Air Jordan 1 Low Reverse comes in a variety of colors, but we’re partial to the original Air Jordan colors of red and black. This style flips the look by having black leather on the perforated toe and mid-panel and red leather overlay on the forefoot, eyelets, collar and heel.
Promising Review: “We’ve all seen classic cars that we’ll love forever. This is how I feel about this classic basketball shoe!” — Gregory L.
Nike Air Jordan Max 200 Trainers Cd6105 Sneakers
This pair of white/black/fuchsia/cyber Air Jordans has a Max 200 Air unit by adding more Air underfoot, essentially more cushioning and comfort.
Promising Review: “I like the shoes and transaction was smooth.” — ChasenBass
Air Jordan 1 Mid SE
This good-lookin’ sneaker is set for release on Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. CDT. A timeless Jordan style, these premium leather sneaks are a fresh take on the OG with its polished, shined and textured style. Everything you love about the original — Air cushioning, a classic design — will make these your new favorites.
Promising Review: None yet
Best Cheap Air Jordans You Can Buy Now for Women
Air Jordan OG
Designed for women basketball players and inspired by the legacy of MJ, the Air Jordan OG. It features a sculpted midsole and a distinct segmented traction pattern — plus the lightweight Air cushioning you’ve come to know and love. It comes in five-color combos.
Promising Review: “My shoes were delivered yesterday. They are beautiful. I ordered a 7.5 and they fit great. I think they run big in women’s. Can’t wait to wear them, but I must treat them first.” — Tuffy23
Air Jordan 1 Mid SE
This pretty sneaker is set for release on Aug. 23. An updated take on a classic, the Air Jordan 1 Mid SE features contrasting panels, durable leather up top and Air cushioning. These sneaks stand out no matter where you roll.
Promising Review: None yet
Air Jordan 1 Mid SE
This high-top is modeled after the 1985 OG — but better. It has neutral tones, a leather upper with a clean white base with cream-colored overlays and a black signature Swoosh. It’s built on a traditional rubber cup sole with Air-sole cushioning under the heel.
Promising Review: “Love At First Sight: My first pair and I am in love. Some things, you just know. You don’t have to think twice.” – Joy127787965
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