With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, fall begins to take over with cooler nights. But over the years, Jordan has still been bringing the heat before winter! Focusing on releases in September, October and November, we look back and highlight the 20 best releases from Jordan Brand over the last decade. With plenty of sought after goodness from both the Jordan V and Doernbecher series, fall was no time to be sleeping on any drops from JB. Let us know in the comments section below which release would be tops on your list!
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Jordan XII "Flu Game"
Release Date: 10/25/2003
Flu game sick. The 2003 Black/Red XII is always a welcome addition to any sneaker rotation. So, fans of the OG ’97 edition were waiting with open arms when this fall ’03 retro came back.
Jordan XII Black/White-University Blue
Release Date: 11/28/2003
Before the 2009 retro, what has become known as the Jordan XII “Nubuck”, these originally dropped as an online exclusive. Released in 2003 via jumpman23.com, these jewels came paired with a hat and matching hoodie, justifying the $200 price tag. As with any of Jumpan’s first-color runs, the 2003 versions are tough to find in DS condition nowadays, especially if you want that full set.
Jordan IV "Cool Grey"
Release Date: 9/25/2004
There has never been a more positive recipient to the term “Non-OG” then this IV makeup. Originally dropping in 2000, this was the first “Cool Grey” colorway to see a retro release, and it hasn’t seen another since it’s 2004 drop. Hey Jordan brand…hint, hint.
Jordan XIII "Wheat"
Release Date: 10/23/2004
One of the more underrated colorways the silhouette has seen to date, the “Wheat” XIII is a fantastic take on an under utilized color combo. Internet sneakerheads are clamoring for a retro of this fall ’03 banger.
Jordan V "Green Bean"
Release Date: 9/23/2006
Another case of JB pushing the envelope, they dropped the “Green Bean” V in October ’06. This cult classic brought us a subtle grey/green colorway, but contrasted it with a sweet reflective silver 3M upper. This is one of the most well received of the post-retirement colorways.
Jordan V Retro "Grape"
Release Date: 9/30/2006
Newer JB fans won’t appreciate this one as much, having just seen the “Grape” V earlier in 2013. But, back in Fall 2006, it had been a solid 16 years since the “Grapes” were seen on shelves. Being that this was one of the OG 1990 colorways, and also a non-Bulls makeup, this retro was one of the most hotly anticipated on this list at the time it became available.
Jordan V Retro White/Sport Royal
Release Date: 10/26/2006
Fall ’06 was clearly a banner season for fans of the V, because they also got this excellent “Sport Royal” drop too. Though not as crazy in demand as for it’s VI brother, the V silhouette was still under-appreciated at it’s release. We doubt that would be the case if this one dropped in 2013 or beyond.
Jordan V Army "Undefeated" Olive/Solar Orange
Release Date: 11/18/2006
And just when you thought they were done with the V for the 2006, Jordan Brand went ahead snuck another one in, utilizing the same army olive/solar orange-black colorway from the “Undefeated” IV that was quite unattainable for practically everybody. But, make no mistake, these weren’t easy to get a hold of either and are a bit of a slept-on classic…especially if all your hopes and dreams reside with one day owning the IV.
Jordan VIII "Aqua"
Release Date: 9/22/2007
Just like the “Grape” V the year before, this non-Bulls colorway hadn’t seen a retro since it’s OG ’93 release. So, those 14 long years gave JB fans a lot of time to lust after these.
Jordan II "Doernbecher" Sheridan
Release Date: 11/9/2007
Due to such limited quantities, the Doernbecher II was, of course, a camp-out special. They sold out instantly on NDC and with that wild green and black warped-paisley color combo, that’s certainly understandable.
Jordan I "Doernbecher" Tony
Release Date: 11/14/2008
This, the fifth time Jordan – or Nike – had teamed up with the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to allow a patient to design a colorway, 16-year old Tony Taylor came up with this live makeup. Basing the style on his alter ego, this super limited release was a big hit, and still commands a high value on the resale market.
Jordan VI "Doernbecher" Jordan
Release Date: 11/14/2009
Arguably the best, and maybe most coveted, of the Doernbecher series, 2009’s take on the Air Jordan VI can command four figures on the resale market. While we think that’s a bit much, that tonal navy, red suede, and subtle gold trim make a compelling argument.
Jordan XII Retro “Rising Sun”
Release Date: 11/21/2009
The design of the Air Jordan XII silhouette was inspired by the infamous Japanese “Rising Sun” flag. This 2009 colorway paid homage to that with a clean all-white perf assisted upper paired with a patent leather mudguard. Trimmed up with a red heel tab and “Rising Sun” insoles, this make-up of the XII is a proper tribute.
Jordan IX "Charcoal"
Release Date: 9/4/2010
First released in 1994, the “Charcoal” Jordan IX retro had 16 years to marinate before it’s return in 2010. But when it did, fans loyal to the silhouette recognized this one…even though (due to his first retirement), MJ never actually wore the IX on-court.
Jordan II "Candy Pack"
Release Date: 10/31/2010
The Rodney Dangerfield of the Jordan line, the II gets no respect. But for Halloween 2010, JB brought out this bright trio. Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, these got folks talking and certainly turned some heads.
Jordan VII Premio "Bin 23"
Release Date: 11/26/2010
The Bin 23 Collection contains grails for many a Jordan head, and this VII is certainly one of the top reasons why. The fourth shoe in the “Premio” collection, this VII was a Black Friday release, finally giving people something worth waiting in line for! Those that copped probably agree.
Jordan III "Stealth"
Release Date: 9/3/2011
Even though they call this one “Stealth”, it definitely didn’t fly under too many radars. In a year with a few III retros already on the books, this new colorway of the iconic III, still moved plenty of units. Many prefer a lace swap with this iteration and pics on the ‘net can certainly give you a good look of the possibilities.
Jordan IV "Doernbecher" Isaiah
Release Date: 11/5/2011
Starting to recognize a theme with these November Doernbecher retros? This take on the IV was inspired by young Isaiah Scott’s love for Superman. Comic books and Jordans? Kid has good taste.
Jordan IV "Bred" Retro
Release Date: 11/23/2012
The black/red IV is always in contention for top release of the season. But, being another Black Friday release, this one kept sneakerheads sleeping in the streets on a holiday to get their hands on a pair. No matter what season these return in the future, they will be an instant sellout.
Jordan IX "Doernbecher" Oswaldo
Release Date: 11/30/2012
Last fall, on the heels of their Olympics-inspired “Gold Medal Package”, Jordan Brand kept their gold paint out, and continued their participation in Nike’s Doernbecher series by dropping this gilded version of the IX. The most recent (new) colorway in the DB series, the IX has become one of the most well received as well, demanding upwards of $500 on the resale market.