If you’re always after the latest Jordan release, you likely already know what’s dropping this month. But what about the best Jordans to drop in April in years past?! One thing is certain in looking back at past April releases just as spring was starting; Jordan Brand was ready to bless the consumer with some dope low tops of their favorite retro model. Take a look and be sure to let us know in the comments section below what ranks as your favorite past Jordan April release.
Air Jordan XX8 "Oak Hill" and "Carbon Fiber"
Release Date: 4/27/2013
The zip-up shroud is definitely a love-it or leave-it feature (which JB remedied with this year’s SE version). That being said, the Air Jordan XX8 is a fantastic basketball shoe. We love this duo of XX8s that dropped in April of last year; the “Oak Hill” and “Carbon Fiber” colorways are both nice with the latter being the more popular of the two.
Air Jordan 2011 "Blackout"
Release Date: 4/2/2011
Another under-appreciated, post-retirement Jordan, the Air Jordan 2011 certainly had it’s moments. Many say the 2011 is the best Air Jordan to ball in, and this “Blackout” colorway that dropped in April is sweet. We’re really feeling the contrast of the patterned patent leather on the upper, with the clean look of the translucent outsole.
Air Jordan Spiz'ike "True Blue"
Release Date: 4/28/2007
Arguably the best of the non-numbered Air Jordan silhouettes, the Spiz’ike has had it’s hits and misses. But, when you re-purpose a colorway as iconic as the AJ III’s “True Blue,” you simply can’t go wrong.
Air Jordan XX "Stealth"
Release Date: 4/9/2005
Yeah, we know the XX doesn’t get much love, but that’s too bad, because it’s a fantastic performance sneaker. The best colorway, the “Stealth” XX, dropped back in April of 2005.
Air Jordan XX3 Stealth/White-Gold
Release Date: 4/6/2008
Even though the Air Jordan XX3 is the exception to the rule, we think that not enough love gets shown to the post-retirement Jordan silhouettes. Which is really a catch 22, because on one hand…what is everyone looking at? These Stealth/White-Gold XX3s are really nice. On the other hand…more for us.
Air Jordan VI "Pistons"
Release Date: 4/12/2010
“Lakers,” “Motorsports,” “Infrared” retros, much like 2014 will see, 2010 got several memorable Air Jordan VI releases. One of the best, this “Pistons” iteration, celebrated MJ’s 61-point performance in the ’91 Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Bad Boys. Though Pistons fans might not appreciate the ever-so-fashionable reminder that they got swept in that series…at least they get a dope shoe out of it.
Air Jordan VII "Cardinal"
Release Date: 4/22/2006
Fans of the Air Jordan VII were pumped in April of 2006 when they got their first retro of the classic “Cardinal” VII. Returning to retail for the first time since it’s 1992 OG release, the “Cardinal” VIIs comeback was a welcome one.
Air Jordan XII Low "Obsidian"
Release Date: 4/10/2004
As you will see as you continue to read this feature, Jordan Brand loves to drop dope low tops in the spring time. And 2004 brought us the excellent Air Jordan XII Low, in that classic ‘Obsidian’ colorway. We think the XII looks awesome as a low.
Air Jordan I Retro High "Clover"
Release Date: 4/6/2013
MJ tormented the Boston Celtics in his playing days, which makes these Air Jordan Is so interesting. Interesting in that, even those C’s fans who hated his guts back in the day have to come correct about these. There is simply no denying that, Celtics fan or not, these are pretty nice. They even include a pattern of the Boston Garden’s legendary parquet flooring on the patent leather.
Air Jordan XIII Low White/Ice Blue and White/Varsity Red
Release Date: 4/23/2005
Another April, another set of clean Air Jordan Lows. A dual drop of Air Jordan XIII lows came in 2005, in both a white/varsity red and classic white/white colorways. Super clean.
Air Jordan I High Premier White/Metallic Platinum
Release Date: 4/1/2009
Oh you just know we had to include these beauties. All-white uppers, trimmed with that sweet sweet gum sole? SOLD. Throwing in the intricacy of the woven side panels and toe box was just the icing on the cake…these are proper.
Air Jordan VII 'Pacific Blue'
Release Date: 4/15/2006
The Air Jordan VII ‘Pacific Blue’ is one of the cleanest looking colorways the silo has ever received. And with such tasteful use of said ‘Pacific Blue’ and ‘Bright Ceramic,’ it’s easy to see why fans of the VII love this colorway.
Air Jordan II / XXI Countdown Pack
Release Date: 4/26/2008
Though the Air Jordan II/XXI Countdown Pack might not be remembered as one of the CDP’s most popular drops, this April ’08 release is seriously underrated. Containing arguably the best colorways either silhouette ever got, the II/XXI is just nice.
Air Jordan I "Hare"
Release Date: 4/11/2009
Dropping back in April 2009, the infamous Air Jordan I got laced with another icon of Jordan lore; Space Jam. Taking the dope colorway made famous on the Air Jordan VII, the “Hare” treatment was definitely at home on the AJ I silhouette.
Air Jordan II "Melo"
Release Date: 4/24/2004
In regards to dope Air Jordan IIs, April 24th, 2004 was a great release day for them. Dropping alongside the ‘Black Chrome’ colorway, was the fantastic AJ II “Melo.” When Melo signed with Team Jordan, they didn’t have a signature silhouette ready for him, so he (and, most importantly, we) got these instead.
Air Jordan VIII ‘Bugs’
Release Date: 4/20/2013
One of Tinker Hatfield’s most head-turning designs, the Air Jordan VIII’s OG colorway, now known as the “Bugs,” has seen it’s fair share of retros. Originally dropping in 1993, we saw retros in 2003, 2008 (CDP) and again in 2013. Some would say that may be over-saturating things…but those folks would be underestimating the popularity of this iconic sneaker.
Air Jordan XII Low "Taxi"
Release Date: 4/9/2011
This one was a no-brainer. The low top form of the Air Jordan XII’s best colorway, the “Taxi,” makes a fantastic low top. Though we prefer the “Taxi” XII at it’s original height, these lows are buttery.
Air Jordan VI Low (3 Colorways)
Release Date: 4/27/2002
Yet another multi-colorway low-top drop from the good ol’ days, occurred again in April of 2002. This time, we got three different colorways of the infamous Air Jordan VI Low; Black/Silver, University Blue and Coral Pink. The low-top VI is a love-it-or-leave-it silhouette…but we absolutely love them.
Air Jordan XII Retro “Playoffs”
Release Date: 4/21/2012
Though there may not be a lot to differentiate the “Playoffs” Air Jordan XII from it’s “Taxi” brethren, the devil is in the details, and those who know, know what’s up. The Air Jordan XII “Playoffs” is welcome back here anytime.
Air Jordan II "Black Chrome"
Release Date: 4/24/2004
Ah, the perpetually under-appreciated Air Jordan II. So many possibilities, so under-loved. These “Black Chrome” IIs are some of our favorites the silo has ever been blessed with.
Air Jordan VII "Flint"
Release Date: 4/22/2006
Dropping alongside the ‘Cardinal’ makeup of the Jordan VII back in 2006, the ‘Flint’ iteration was the more limited of the two and easily more beloved. Boasting a mix of leather and suede nubuck to comprise the upper, this release also featured subtle varsity purple accents.
Air Jordan II Premio "Bin23"
Release Date: 4/10/2010
Though not the most popular “Bin23″ Collection release, the Air Jordan II Premio is amazing. It’s crazy to think that these are actually a basketball shoe.
Air Jordan IV "White Chrome"
Release Date: 4/1/2000
If you know, you know: white on white is the sneaker move for Spring. Which is why we love the classic Air Jordan IV “White Chrome”. Dropping six years prior to the “Pure $” IVs that retro’ed in 2006, 2000s pair had perf leather on the upper. Cleeeeean.
Air Jordan VII "Bordeaux"
Release Date: 4/16/2011
Finally! Spring 2011 brought with it the most highly-demanded Air Jordan VII colorway there was at the time; the “Bordeaux.” These were and are crazy. Though they may not land atop many favorite lists, the “Bordeaux” Air Jordan VII is beautiful. We just love the unorthodox colorway and it was such a great representation of color palettes from that era.
Air Jordan III "Do the Right Thing"
Release Date: 4/14/2007
With all the shine that Spike Lee’s movies have given the Jordan Brand, it was pretty cool to see JB show some love back with 2007s Air Jordan III “Do the Right Thing” iteration. These are fantastic.
Air Jordan I "Old Love / New Love" Pack
Release Date: 4/21/2007
Though we can all agree, the Air Jordan I looks best as a high top, April 2007’s “Old Love / New Love” pack made fans of the Mid’s strongest argument. The word “love” is certainly appropriate.
Air Jordan V "Tokyo23"
Release Date: 4/1/2011
Ah the Tokyo23…a grail for many fans of the Air Jordan V. This one was tricky, not only because of the International-only release, but also that no one seemed to know exactly when they did drop. Unfortunately, that means that stateside resellers come up big and, for most of us, these remain nothing more than a pipe dream.
Air Jordan I Retro High OG Black/Metallic Gold
Release Date: 4/13/2013
Oh, the black/metallic gold patent leather Is are amazing. Unfortunately for those of us who missed out on this long-awaited retro, the price of admission is cripplingly steep.
Air Jordan III White/Cement
Release Date: 4/1/2003
You already know what it is. Up there with some of the most iconic Air Jordans of all time, the White/Cement Air Jordan III saw it’s third retail release – it’s second retro – in April of 2003.
Air Jordan XI Low White/Red & Columbia & Citrus & Metallic Silver
Release Date: 4/14/2001
Look, Jordan Brand’s got a pretty solid earmark placed on most of our disposable incomes. But, if JB dropped a release like 2001s Air Jordan XI Low pack nowadays, it’d probably cause another recession. Dropping on April 14th were the White/Red, “Columbia,” “Citrus” and Metallic Silver (not to mention the GS “Pink” version too) colorways of everyone’s favorite low top J. All. In. One. Day. “Damn them new loafers hurt my pocket”