Over the years, winter time has proven to be a great season for sought after Jordan releases to drop and we take a look back and highlight the 30 best from the past decade! From OGs to plenty of retro releases, it’s no secret that some of the most popular Jordans come back for retail purchase around the Holidays. And that’s certainly been the case over the last few years with the Jordan XI. In looking at just the months of December, January and February for this feature, take a peek and see what may have been your most memorable Jordan pickup during the winter months.
Air Jordan XII "Flint"
Release Date: 12/13/2003
Clean, fresh and simple, 2003’s “Flint” Air Jordan XIIs are one of our favorite colorways to hit the silhouette. The flint grey pebbled leather is just on point.
Air Jordan I Retro Black Patent Leather/Gold
Release Date: 12/23/2003
The gold and black patent leather Air Jordan I is a cult classic. Fans of the I know that this colorway, particularly the 2003 release, is one of the more difficult (re: costly) colorways of the silhouette to acquire.
Air Jordan XII Retro "Playoff"
Release Date: 2/14/2004
One of the most beloved colorways of the Air Jordan XII, the black/white Playoffs makeup, made it’s return to retail with it’s first retro in 2004. Originally dropping in 1997, many argue the Playoffs release is the best color of the XII. We’re inclined to agree.
Air Jordan XIII Retro Black/Red
Release Date: 12/22/2004
The Air Jordan XIII got its first retro run from 2004-05. The second colorway that dropped was the original black and true red pair. Unlike the recent 2013 retro, this pair came complete with a 3M mesh upper, just like the OGs.
Air Jordan XIII Retro "Altitude"
Release Date: 2/26/2005
The Air Jordan XIII “Altitude” first saw retail, in limited fashion, in 2005. One of the first “new” colorways to hit the AJ XIII silhouette, the Altitude is another fan favorite that we can’t get enough of. Apparently, neither can anyone else, because 2010s retro sold out with the quickness.
Air Jordan VI/XI Defining Moments Package
Release Date: 1/28/2006
You knew this would be on the list. Simply the best Jordan pack ever released, the VI/XI Defining Moments Pack is an absolute classic. With the duo commanding four digits on the resale market, getting your hands on these today will be a costly endeavor.
Air Jordan V Retro "Fire Red"
Release Date: 12/16/2006
The final original colorway of the Air Jordan V finally got retro’ed for the 2006 holiday season. The infamous ‘Fire Red’ colorway was one of the most anticipated releases of the whole year and was also one of the last to release.
Air Jordan V Retro Black/Metallic Silver 23
Release Date: 1/25/2007
The 2007 release of the black/silver Air Jordan V 23 was filled with anticipation. What’s true today was the same back in 2007 for this release: the amount of hype that surrounds new Jordan colorways is crazy, but it’s nothing when compared to retros where JB brings back the icons like this one.
Air Jordan VIII Retro "Playoff"
Release Date: 12/22/2007
What was to be the final Air Jordan retro release, Jordan Brand satisfied everyone’s cravings during the 2007 holiday season as it brought back the third and final original colorway of the Air Jordan VIII for the first time, the “Playoff” edition.
Air Jordan X/XIII Countdown Package
Release Date: 1/19/2008
Jordan Brand shook it up in 2008 by starting the Collezione/Countdown Package releases with this awesome tandem. Pairing the original colorway of the Air Jordan XIII with the beloved Shadow Grey Air Jordan X made for the perfect pairing, and an excellent way to kick off the Countdown Package releases.
Air Jordan II Eminem "The Way I Am"
Release Date: 12/18/2008
With the rarity of Nike/Jordan x Eminem collaborations, at least this one was actually available to the public, even if there were only 313 pairs released. Released in December 2008, to celebrate both his hit single, and his book of the same name, the Air Jordan II “The Way I Am” entered rarefied air with a second Jordan Brand collaboration.
Air Jordan XI/XII Countdown Pack
Release Date: 12/20/2008
Anytime you can cop two OG classics in one swoop is noteworthy. But, when those OGs include the black/red Air Jordan XI and the “Taxi” Air Jordan XII, that’s a no-brainer. Releasing on December 20, 2008, this pack was also the final Countdown Pack of the series.
Air Jordan XX3 Premier "Finale"
Release Date: 12/23/2008
As it began, so it was in the end. The Air Jordan XX3 debuted in 2008 with a Premier release, the ‘Titaniums.’ As the year came to a close, Jordan Brand offered up its second and final Air Jordan XX3 coming in black and varsity red properly dubbed the “Finale” edition.
Air Jordan XI "Space Jam"
Release Date: 12/23/2009
The Air Jordan XI “Space Jam” is, perhaps, the best non-OG colorway in the Jordan canon, but 2009’s December drop was special for more than just the ridiculous hype surrounding the sneaker itself. Look at the list prior to this entry, and then compare it with the entries after. The 2009 Space Jam XI drop marked a new trend for the brand: churning that hype machine and releasing absolute fire riiiight around the holidays.
Air Jordan VI Retro Black/Varsity Red
Release Date: 1/23/2010
The first major Jordan release of 2010 had all the heads talking. The purists were up in arms about Infrared vs. ‘Varsity Red,’ but when all was said and done, the Varsity Red Air Jordan VI sold out with the quickness. We’re still partial to the neon-tinged Infrared, but we’d rock these beauties any day.
Air Jordan III "Doernbecher"
Release Date: 12/10/2010
One of the best releases from Nike/Jordan Brand’s long partnership with the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, is the infamous Air Jordan III. There are many dope color schemes which have touched the Air Jordan III silhouette, but this all red layout is one of the finest. This one was actually so popular, in 2013, it became the first Doernbecher colorway to be retro’ed. We know we wanted another shot at em!
Air Jordan XI 'Cool Grey'
Release Date: 12/23/2010
Another Christmas, another banging Air Jordan XI colorway. In 2011, it was the ‘Cool Grey’ driving sneakerheads wild. We’re not sure if these hot holiday releases are a blessing or a curse. On one hand, you get a shot at some of the better colorways in the Jordan vault. On the other hand, we have to decide to buy some dope sneakers or get old Uncle Remus another holiday tie. Decisions, decisions.
Air Jordan III Retro White/Cement
Release Date: 1/22/2011
Again, anytime the icons drop, it’s noteworthy and likely to make some “Best of” lists. But, Nike Air logo or not, the Air Jordan III white cement is simply one of the greatest basketball sneakers ever made.
Air Jordan I "Dave White"
Release Date: 2/11/2011
The “Dave White” Air Jordan Is are just beautiful. Taking a familiar colorway, reminiscent of the “Black Toe” Air Jordan I, and building upon it by adding a sprinkle of elephant print and White’s signature art style. With the Dave White Is, you get what is not only a rare Jordan collab, but a sneaker that is a piece of artwork in it’s own right.
Air Jordan V "Premio" Bin 23
Release Date: 2/18/2011
Speaking of works of art, 2011’s Premio Bin 23 Collection contained a few pieces itself…but we’re particularly fond of the Air Jordan V that dropped in February. The Air Jordan V has so many different colorways, that new makeups simply get drowned out by the sheer volume of releases…but the Premio V is different. Simple, clean and luxurious, the Bin 23 V is in our top 3 Air Jordan V colorways of all time…yeah, we said it.
Air Jordan III "Black Flip"
Release Date: 12/2/2011
The “Black Flip” Air Jordan III is just perfect. Subtle and smooth, the all black colorway looked to do for the AJ III what the “Black Cat” makeup did for the IV. Though it wasn’t even the hottest release of that month (December 2011 brought the goods), the “Black Flip” AJ III was executed flawlessly.
Air Jordan XI "Concord"
Release Date: 12/23/2011
Overshadowing even the release of a fan favorite and a new colorway like the “Black Flip” IIIs, the Air Jordan XI “Concord” proves you just can’t beat the classics. Starting to recognize a trend?
Air Jordan X Retro "Chicago"
Release Date: 1/21/2012
For years the “Chicago” Air Jordan X was among the top of most people’s wish list of Air Jordan’s to be retro’ed. In 2012, it finally happened. Better late than never and even though they were slept on a bit, we all know how cherished they will become as the years pass.
Air Jordan IV Retro White/Cement
Release Date: 2/18/2012
Oh, this one was certainly a welcome return. After thirteen long years, Jordan Brand finally brought back the Air Jordan IV in the white/cement colorway. Not seen since 1999, the 2012 drop was a tough one to get your hands on. But, as always, well worth the wait and effort ($$) involved.
Air Jordan XI "Playoffs" Black/Red
Release Date: 12/21/2012
Yet another Christmas dominated by the new of an Air Jordan XI retro…this time, in 2012, it was the black/red “Playoffs” colorway. The hype around this release reached fever pitch, with many claiming it to be the best Jordan colorway ever released. We don’t know about all that, but the black/red Air Jordan XI is a proper icon, and worthy of all the praise it gets.
Air Jordan IV "Thunder"
Release Date: 12/22/2012
Christmas 2012 was a great time for sneakerheads. For their bank accounts though? Not so much. Dropping alongside the “Playoffs” Air Jordan XI was the long awaited and much anticipated Air Jordan IV “Thunder.” Hitting retail for the first time since their 2006 debut, Jordan heads were fiendin’ for these. Luckily, JB gave us two chances to cop these, as they were part of last year’s infamous Memorial Day restock.
Air Jordan III Retro '88 "Nike Air"
Release Date: 2/6/2013
As classic as they come, you already know what these are. Showing up sans Jumpman for the first time since 1994 (the first Jordan Brand Retro), the White/Cement III Retro ’88 reminded us all why we love Jordan Brand to begin with. Now, where are those black ones?
Air Jordan I Black/Royal
Release Date: 2/16/2013
Perhaps the best non-Bulls colorway of all time, the black/royal Air Jordan I was one of the most difficult-to-acquire sneakers of 2013. Thanks to some rumored production issues, stores reportedly came up with less than single full size runs. Production issues or not, we’re still trying to track down our pair…can anyone say restock?
Air Jordan XI 'Gamma Blue'
Release Date: 12/21/2013
A hot Air Jordan XI colorway is starting to become as much a part of Christmas as lighting the tree or awkward dinners with your extended family, and 2013 was no different. This time, rather than a retro, we got Nike’s colorway-du-jour, the Gamma Blue. This was, as expected, a pretty sought-after release no matter where they dropped.
Air Jordan I Black/Red
Release Date: 12/28/2013
And what would the New Year be without one more insane Jordan Brand release to close out 2013? The black/red Is are the sneaker that started it all…the original Air Jordan. Sneakerheads went in on this one and, if you came out with a pair in your size, count yourself lucky…these are legendary.