The Jordan Brand catalog is so much more than signature models and we spotlight 23 non-retro pairs everyone should have at least one of in their collection.
Please feel free to let us know in the comments section below which ranks as your number one non-retro Jordan model or a favorite that we didn’t list!
Air Jordan Future Premium "Jordan Brand Classic"
When teaser shots of a “woven Air Jordan XI” started making the rounds on sneaker blogs in 2014, there was a lot of hate. Making that drastic of a change to such a beloved sneaker really enraged keyboard warriors. But purists were able to take a deep breath because what Jordan Brand delivered was a new model known as the Future and the premium (and of course, super-limited) “Jordan Brand Classic” colorway was an absolute knockout. Now the sneaker fetches over $1k on the resale market. Which isn’t hard to believe as only a select few were privileged to own this sneaker to begin with.
Jordan Jumpman Team 1 'University Blue'
In terms of fire Jumpman Team 1s, these “UNC” joints were our favorites back in the day. So much so that we had to scoop for the collection when they retro’ed last year. Even though they dropped the “UNC” naming in favor of ‘University Blue.’ Whatever. Still hot.
Jordan Shine White/Vachetta Tan
We know a lot of folks feel some type of way about the Jordan Shine. We get it, it’s mad expensive, the woven look isn’t for everyone and a lot of the colorways have been downright heinous (unless your name is Russell Westbrook). However, the limited white/vachetta tan colorway they put out last year was pretty amazing. You might have missed this one because, strangely, Jordan Brand decided to drop them on the exact same day as the very-similar ‘Platinum’ colorway. While the ‘Platinum’ pair was a few shades closer to grey, the limited white pair were super crispy. Hey, at least we had a backup shot at the ‘Platinums’ when we inevitably struck out on the whites.
Air Jordan Flight Flex Trainer 'Cool Grey'
The Jordan Flight Flex Trainer has proven itself to be one of our favorite non-numbered/non-retro silos JB has brought out in quite some time. Seriously, look at all the dope, well-priced colorways they’ve released. Very nice. And not only that, but the shoe performs admirably in the gym…which is always nice. That IS the point, right? Anyhow, our favorite colorway thus far has been 2014s ‘Cool Grey’ makeup. That was an automatic cop.
Air Jordan CP3.III "Tribute Pack"
While we, like most people apparently, don’t go deep in either the CP3 or Melo signature lines, we can’t help but include some of our favorite CP3s here. The “Tribute Pack” IIIs from 2010 were absolute fire. Taking cues from the iconic Jordan III, you can’t go wrong with any of the excellent three colors that dropped.
Jordan Jumpman Pro Black/Varsity Red
While there are several excellent colorways of the Jumpman Pro (both old and new), sometimes Jordan Brand just gets it right on the first try. Like the original colorway, the familiar black/red iteration. Fortunately for us, these have hit retro a few times, most recently in 2013. And that means we had the chance to replenish the vault. Here’s hoping you did the same!
Jumpman Team Masterpiece
As we’ve documented here before, we feel like the Jumpman Team Masterpiece is one of the more underrated sneakers in the entire Jordan vault. Dropping in 2000, and frequently worn by Mike Bibby, 15 years later and we’d still cop ’em on day 1. If you’re lucky enough to still have these beauties in your stash, you better be rocking them. Or at the very least, giving them to us!
Jordan Jumpman Team 1 Black/White
It’s crazy that nowadays Team Jordans are seen as lesser-than, especially if you’re old enough to remember how popular they were when they originally dropped, like these Team 1s. Note to self: that officially makes us old. Anyhow, lucky for old heads like us, these clean black/white Team 1s recently retro’ed. It’s always good to have a pair of these in the stash.
Air Jordan Future Premium 'Infrared'
It was interesting when the Jordan Future first launched because, after the aforementioned chatter about how JB “lost it” or “killed the XI,” they dropped theis debut colorway. And naturally, they sold out faster than you could hit ‘add to cart.’ Both the ‘Glow’ and ‘Infrared’ colorways were really nice, but we favor the latter. You gotta have those traditional Bulls colors!
Jordan Six Rings Winterized Black/Black
For some of us lucky enough to live in the warmer climates, needing a solid boot or weather-proof shoe just isn’t very high on our sneaker priority list. But it’s real (cold) out there for a lot of sneakerheads. Which is why Jordan Brand went ahead and dropped this ‘Winterized’ version of the much-talked-about Six Rings silo. Sure, it’s another hybrid. But these are great for everyday bad weather use. You always need something like that in the stash.
Jordan Son of Mars Low 'True Blue'
Yeah yeah, we know: you hate Jordan hybrids. But hear us out; for a while, we did too. But the Son of Mars Low is one of those silos that has really grown on us over the years. Taking the best parts of some of our favorite Jordan models, it may have taken us a while to warm up, but here we are. And while we do like a few colorways, the one that jumps out at us was the 2013 ‘True Blue’ colorway. Say what you want, but these are great everyday Jays, and this colorway is crispy for the warmer months.
Jordan Super.Fly 2 'Green Glow'
Yeah sure, there are newer models of the Jordan non-signature Super.Fly, but we can’t stop rocking the ‘Green Glow’ Super.Fly 2. Not only is it an absolute beast on the courts, but we just love the colorway. Jordan Brand cranks out a lot of colorways, but a full Mint – or, fine – ‘Green Glow’ sneaker isn’t one you see too often. These are low-key dope.
Jordan CP3.II "Mardi Gras"
Nice materials, a great fit and a compelling design story are all things the 2009 “Mardi Gras” Jordan CP3.II has going for it. The “Mardi Gras” theme is an obvious nod to Chris Paul’s playing days in New Orleans with the Hornets, but the heel also references the number 61 which will always have a special meaning to CP3. Why? That’s the number of points Paul racked up in a famous high school game just after the passing of his beloved grandfather. Such a great story and a truly unique pair.
Jordan Alpha Trunner Black/White-Varsity Red
Another one of our favorite non-retro Jordans has been the Trunner silos. And while we tend to favor some of the older models, we can also get down with some of the Alphas JB has dropped recently. Particularly awesome were 2010s black/white-varsity red gems. Hate all you want, these are clean summer kicks!
Jordan Spizike White/Classic Green-Varsity Red
Of course we couldn’t forget to include a Spiz’ike entry on this list and we’re going with the original colorway from 2006. Fortunately for those of us who actually like the silo, this OG iteration made a return in retro form last year. And that was certainly nice for those who have taken a little while to warm up to the shoe.
Jordan Six Rings "Concord"
There are two ways to look at the “Concord” Jordan Six Rings. On the one hand: #brokeboyzconcords. But on the other, it demonstrates the awesomeness that is the “Concord” colorway. Admit it, even if you hate the Six Rings silo, this is the best colorway.
Jumpman Team J White/Navy
Another classic Team Jordan from 1999, the Team J in white and navy is one we’ve been wanting to retro for a long time. These were such killer on-court shoes back in the day. But unfortunately, hoops shoes don’t really hold up to 16 years worth of wear & tear. So we really wish we still had a pair on deck.
Jordan Dub Zero White/Black-Varsity Red-Neutral Grey
Okay, so we’re never going to convince those hybrid haters out there to look seriously at the Dub Zero. Just look at the recent Laser/30th Anniversary drop…those things are STILL sitting…which is a shame. But if you like the silo, as we do, you can’t go wrong with a pair of some of the originals. While there were a few colorways to drop prior to these laser/white/red joints, none of them really caught our eye until these dropped back in 2005.
Jordan Two3 Cavvy
Even those who mess with Jordan Brand heavy might not even know about the Two3 Cavvy model. Coming from JB’s lifestyle line and also Made in Italy, these are certainly a rare gem if you have a fresh pair in your collection nowadays. Featuring very minimal branding, rocking these meant you could still be in J’s while wearing your Sunday best!
Jumpman Swift 6
Back when the Jumpman Swift 6 dropped in 1999, we were all about it! The second signature sneaker for JB athlete Eddie Jones, the Swift 6 sported many of the same characteristics as the Air Jordan XV, which launched in the same year. And personally, we like the Swift 6 much better.
Jordan 3 Percent White/Red-Silver
Not many people seem to remember 1999s Jordan 3 Percent. Just do a Google Image Search for them and you’ll see what we mean. But we remember these bangers quite fondly. Perhaps this speaks to the old man in us, but these were hot back on the rec center courts of 1999. We’ve seen some updated versions of the silo here and there over the years, but no proper retro. Which is a shame because we’d love to have another pair of these in the collection.
Jumpman Pro Strong White/Pine Green-Black
Rocked by Team Jordan athletes like Ray Allen and Vin Baker throughout 1998, these ‘Pine Green’ Jumpman Pro Strongs were everywhere back in the day. A solid on-court shoe for bigs or wingmen, the Pro Strong was also one of the first Team Jordan shoes made in non-Bulls colors. Throughout the years, even JB had heard the fans on this one, and ended up dropping these in retro form back in 2010. Hopefully you had the chance to stock up.
Jumpman Pro Quick White/Black-Red
Hands down, the original Jumpman Pro Quick is our favorite Team Jordan of all time. And, while time has shown the more popular colorway to be the black/royal pair, we actually like the white/black-red joints the best. And frankly, we’re a little disappointed that these were not one of the first Team Js up for retro. Let’s fix that JB!
Jordan Jumpman Pro White/Metallic Gold-Black
One of the hardest parts of putting together a list like this is seeing all these awesome un-retro’ed kicks and pining for them. Like these fire white/metallic gold-black Jumpman Pros. Released back in 1997, along with a handful of other launch colorways, it was one of the first gold-gilded Jordan shoes. Unfortunately, in all of the re-releases we’ve seen of the Jumpman Pro, we’ve yet to get our hands on these beauties.