The 25 Best Retro Jordans To Release In December


December, especially in the last few years, has been an exceptional month for retro Jordan drops and we take a look back and spotlight the 25 best releases.

Like we hinted at, December has lately become a very anticipated month for retro releases, mainly because the beloved Jordan 11 model has seen an annual tradition of dropping right around the Christmas holiday.

But the Jordan 11 hasn’t been the only star of the show in the last month of the year as you’ll see in checking out this list. Take a look and let us know in the comments section below which has been your favorite retro Jordan December pickup!

Air Jordan 11 Retro "Space Jam"

Year(s) Released: 2000, 2009

The annual Jordan Brand AJ11 holiday release started in 2009 with the re-release of the “Space Jams.” The unique XI themed box, plastic cover, carbon fiber printed paper and custom shoe trees added some extra flavor to make this release special.

Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Bred'

Year(s) Released: 2001, 2008 & 2012

Even though they have been re-released three times, the black and red Air Jordan 11 Retro will always be a classic. If you missed the CDP in 2008, the 2012 release was one a lot of people needed. To date, they are the only holiday AJ11 Retro release not to come in a special box. However, it did feature all the extras such as the plastic cover and shoe trees.

Air Jordan 7 Retro 'Charcoal'

Year(s) Released: 2002

Just in time for the holidays in 2002, Jordan Brand brought back the AJ7 for its first retro. This original ‘Charcoal’ colorway was one of two pairs that dropped alongside each other. A pair so popular, JB had to re-release them two more times to appease the fans.

Air Jordan 7 Retro 'French Blue'

Year(s) Released: 2002

This was the first new colorway of the AJ7 to be released since their original run in 1992. Known as the ‘French Blue’ edition, they have become very sought after since their initial release. So much so, that Jordan Brand has decided to bring them back in 2015.

Air Jordan 1 Retro Black/Gold

Year(s) Released: 2003

The rarest original Air Jordan I colorway (arguably). Jordan Brand brought out the infamous ‘Patent Leather’ black and gold Air Jordan 1 Retro in 2003. They were the final AJ1 release in the patent series, and came in an all-black ‘Wings’ box. If you know the history of this colorway, then you definitely wanted to add these to your collection.

Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Bred'

Year(s) Released: 2004

When the Air Jordan XIII returned for the first time in 2004, it brought along the original black and red colorway. While they have been re-released, this pair still remains sought after due to it featuring OG 3M detailing on the mesh upper, something that was lacking from the recent 2013 version.

Air Jordan 14 Retro "Last Shot"

Year(s) Released: 2005, 2011

A shoe that will always be linked to history is the “Last Shot” AJ14. Retro’ed for the first time in December of 2005, they came back for a second round in 2011. An original colorway that was the last shoe MJ wore with the Bulls, another must-have classic.

Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Fire Red'

Year(s) Released: 2006

The final original AJ V was retro’ed for the first time in December of 2006. They were one of the most anticipated releases of that year and were on most people’s Christmas list.

Air Jordan 8 Retro "Playoff"

Year(s) Released: 2007

December 2007 marked the second run for the Air Jordan 8 Retro. As the year came to a close, Jordan Brand brought back the original “Playoff” colorway in its true form. We saw them in 2003 in low-top form, but it wasn’t the same. The 2007 release was one many people were excited for.

Air Jordan 2 Retro "Eminem"

Year(s) Released: 2008

Made to commemorate the release of Em’s “The Way I Am” book, Jordan Brand released a limited run of 313 pairs of this AJ2 Retro exclusively online in 2008. Featuring written lyrics from some of Slim Shady’s classic songs and an overall pretty clean colorway, this pair was one worth going after.

Air Jordan 12 Retro "Taxi"

Year(s) Released: 2008, 2013

After a limited release in 2008 as a part of the final CDP, Jordan Brand re-released the original “Taxi” AJ12 in 2013. This time everyone had a chance at them as not only were they a GR, they were available in full family sizing. While holiday 2013 was stacked, the “Taxi’s” were one pair people couldn’t pass on.

Air Jordan 12 Retro White/Red

Year(s) Released: 2009

The white and red AJ12 was the final OG colorway to get retro’ed. While it wasn’t until 2012 that the ‘Obsidian’ pair came back in original fashion, it was re-released in 2004 as a low. The white and red colorway was one of the last sought after Air Jordan 12 Retros to release. A colorway people are anxiously waiting for another retro of.

Air Jordan 3 Retro DB "Doernbecher"

Year(s) Released: 2010

The “Doernbecher” Air Jordan 3 Retro was the first AJ3 released featuring a full translucent outsole. The classic red and black colors with silver accents made for a perfect colorway. One that is highly regarded as one of the best Jordan DB releases to date.

Air Jordan 13 Retro "Altitude"

Year(s) Released: 2010

One of the most buzzed about releases in 2005 was back in 2010. This time around the “Altitude” Air Jordan 13 Retro featured a slightly different look, with an added mesh upper, as opposed to its original all-leather makeup on the original release. While some might like one look better than the other, it didn’t keep many away from trying to cop this re-release.

Air Jordan 13 Retro White/Red-Black

Year(s) Released: 2010

After releasing in low top in 2005, this original colorway of the Air Jordan XIII was retro’ed in OG high-top fashion in 2010. While this year was stacked with releases and some people originally passed on these, they still remain a pair people are hoping will return for a third round.

Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Cool Grey'

Year(s) Released: 2010

After seeing the re-release of the “Space Jams,” it was only a matter of time before Jordan Brand would bring back the ‘Cool Grey’s’ as well. Their return in 2010 was highly anticipated, and one people were very excited for. They too came in special packaging, for the second year straight.

Air Jordan 3 Retro "Flip" Black

Year(s) Released: 2011

This “Flip” AJ3 kept it simple, sporting an all-black elephant print-based upper, complete with a leather liner and grey outsole. If you like all-black kicks and are a fan of the AJ3, these were perfect for you.

Air Jordan 11 Retro "Concord"

Year(s) Released: 2011

Arguably the greatest sneaker of all-time, the “Concord” Air Jordan 11 Retro made its triumphant return, just in time for the holidays in 2011. The added blue-tinted outsole and unique packaging were nice additions to this must-have release.

Air Jordan 9 Retro 'Cool Grey'

Year(s) Released: 2012

When ‘Cool Grey’ came to the AJ9 in 2002, it was well received. So much in fact that Jordan Brand brought them back for a second release ten years later. During a time when Air Jordan 9 Retros were releasing left and right, if you had to pick and choose, most tried to go after this colorway over some of the others.

Air Jordan 9 Retro "Motorboat Jones"

Year(s) Released: 2012

Part of the “Alter Egos” Pack, the “Motorboat Jones” AJ9 Retro featured an all-red upper, with black accents. A colorway people gladly accept on Jordans, new and old.

Air Jordan 4 Retro "Thunder"

Year(s) Released: 2012

After a limited online exclusive release in 2006, Jordan Brand re-released the “Thunder” Air Jordan 4 Retro in 2012. This time around they put them in stores, and even made them available in grade-school sizes. Packaging them in the OG-style box complete with an orange hang tag was a nice touch too.

Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Gamma Blue'

Year(s) Released: 2013

While we didn’t get the “Blackout” samples, we did get this new ‘Gamma Blue’ AJ11 Retro in 2013. Very close to being all black, one could pull it off as the gamma blue and maize yellow accents are very minimal. A great colorway for everyday wear.

Air Jordan 12 Retro 'Gamma Blue'

Year(s) Released: 2013

Along with the ‘Gamma Blue’ AJ11, Jordan Brand also released this new AJ12 colorway in 2013. They featured a black nubuck upper with gamma blue accents, finished off by small hits of red. Although releasing along with numerous other shoes, this colorway didn’t fail to fly off the shelves when they dropped.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG 'Bred'

Year(s) Released: 2013

No matter how many times they re-release, the black and red Air Jordan I High will always be a timeless classic. The 2013 ‘OG’ release featuring ‘Nike Air’ branding made them a must have release.

Air Jordan 3LAB5 Black/Infrared 23

Year(s) Released: 2013

Just before we said goodbye to 2013, Jordan Brand dropped their second 3LAB5 release. This time adding infrared accents to a full black based, elephant-print upper. Strangely, we have never seen a black/red AJ5 color combo before these. Needless to say, this pair was what we all pictured (minus the elephant print) and was more popular than the ‘Gamma Blue’ release.


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