23 Years of Air Jordans

The latest iteration of the famous shoe line drops a day early.

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Nike released its Air Jordan XI Retro shoes one day early. Originally slated to come out on Christmas Eve 2009, the company said they were releasing the $175 kicks as a special gift to sneaker fans. The Retros are meant to resemble a tuxedo, with their black and white color scheme and cummerbund like white midsole. Perfect for the formal baller in all of us.
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Original Air Jordans 1984: Despite the protestations of the NBA, MJ wore these kicks during the 1984 season, incurring a $5,000 penalty each time. The NBA banned the shoes, causing them (and Nike) to skyrocket in popularity.
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Air Jordan II (1985): Released after Jordan's second year in the NBA, the II's boasted Italian leather. This was the first-ever Nike shoe to not feature the trademark swoosh.
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Air Jordan III (1988): Designed by renowned shoe artist Tinker Hatfield, these kicks featured a visible air unit on the heel, the new Jumpman logo, an elephant print trim, and tumble leather for a luxury look.
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Air Jordan IV (1989): The first Jordan shoe released to the global market.
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Air Jordan V (1990): Sports a reflective tongue and clear rubber soles.
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Air Jordan VI (1991): Jordan won his first NBA championship wearing these kicks.
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Air Jordan VII (1992): Commonly referred to as "Hares," because the commercials also featured Bugs Bunny.
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Air Jordan VIII (1993): A heavier show known as the "flower-power Jordan."
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Air Jordan IX (1994): The first pair released after MJ's first retirement from basketball, and designed to resemble baseball cleats.
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Air Jordan X (1995): This "landmark" pair's inscribed with a list of Jordan's accomplishments through 1993.
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Air Jordan XI (1996): Jordan wore a black/white/royal blue colorway of this model in the 1996 Warner Bros. animated movie "Space Jam."
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Air Jordan XII (1997): Inspired by the Japanese flag and a 19th century female dress boot.
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Air Jordan XIII (1997): Designed to be evocative of a panther, the soles of this model resemble a paw.
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Air Jordan XIV (1998): Inspired by MJ's car, the Ferrari 550 M.
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Air Jordan XV: Released after MJ's 2nd retirement.
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Air Jordan XVI (2001): Released on February 17, Jordan’s 38th birthday.
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Air Jordan XVII (2002): This jazz-themed model came with a CD and its own metallic briefcase. Original cost: $200.
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Air Jordan XVII (2003): Worn during Jordan's last basketball game.
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Air Jordan XIX (2004): Modeled after the black mamba snake, this is the first Jordan release after his third, and final, retirement.
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Air Jordan XX (2005): Designed to evoke a motorcyle and bicycling shoes.
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Air Jordan XXI (2006): Designed to resemble luxury touring vehicles.
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Air Jordan XXII (2007): This angular design was inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter jet.
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Air Jordan XXIII (2008): Virtually eliminates the Jumpman logo.
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