23 Non-Retro Jordans Everyone Should Own

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.

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The 20 Best Team Jordans Of All Time

Jordan Jumpman Pro White/Metallic Gold-Black

Release Year: 1998

A great display of premium materials used on a low-top basketball sneaker with a nimble build, the craftsmanship on the Jumpman Pro Quick is excellent and lines of this classic shoe can still be seen in the Jordan CP3 line.

Jumpman Team FBI White/Silver-Red

Release Year: 2003

One of the non-signature Jordan Brand sneakers that MJ wore in-game in his career, the Jordan Team FBI was laced up by His Airness during his days with the Wizards and resembles the Air Jordan XVIII in the heel which also came out in ’03. There were full-grain leather versions of this sneaker, but this came at a time when Jordan Brand was heavily experimenting with new materials for shoe construction.

Jumpman Vindicate Black/White

Release Year: 1999

In the 1999-00 NBA season when the Jumpman Vindicate released, these sneakers were not only worn by Team Jordan member Vin Baker but also got its namesake from the then Supersonics player. The two-piece upper construction allowed for great color blockings such as a navy toe or even Seattle-inspired white/green Player Exclusive colorways for Baker which pretty much trumped all others.

Jumpman Pro II OG White/Navy

Release Year: 1998

The Jumpman Pro II featured a sturdy midsole on top of a full-grain leather upper which made for an excellent shoe on-or-off the court. This silo was also one of the first in the Team Jordan line to feature the Ferrari-esque Jumpman shield logo.

Jumpman Team 2 White/Red-Black

Release Year: 1998

The dimpled leather upper shows the heavy Air Jordan XIII influence on the Jumpman Team 2. Suprisingly, this sneaker also featured the Ferrari Jumpman shield logo.

Jumpman Team Flow White/Navy

Release Year: 2003

With an outsole similar to the design used on current, premier Jordan performance basketball sneakers, the Jordan Team Flow is one of those sneakers that could be overlooked because of lack of hype and retro releases. The white/red colorway that Jason Kidd wore had several different versions with the same color just different logos for the then-New Jersey Nets point guard.

Jumpman Team Masterpiece

Release Year: 2000

Mike Bibby definitely wore the best Jumpman Team Masterpiece PE in his final season with the Vancouver Grizzlies; a pair that featured a turquoise gradient fade going down the back panels as well as fast forward & rewind buttons on the medial sides of the sneakers.

Jumpman Three Percent White/Red-Silver

Release Year: 1999

Many hoopers at the turn of the century wore the Jordan Three Percent on court despite the cross training design. Either way, these were very popular at both playgrounds basketball courts and in field football games.

Jumpman Super Freak OG White/Black-Purple

Release Year: 2000

A signature sneaker made for Randy Moss to wear a cleated version of in Minnesota, the Jumpman Super Freak saw a retro release being re-branded as the Jordan Cover 3 after Moss’ Jordan Brand endorsement contract was over. The “Eighty 4″ branding on the tongue was a nod to Moss’ jersey number and was replaced with “Twenty 3″ after becoming the new name.

Jumpman Team J White/Navy

Release Year: 1999

In one of the smallest displays of Jumpman branding you will ever see on a Jordan sneaker, the shrouded Jumpman J featured premium enough materials that there are a good amount of wearable pairs still around today.

Jumpman Swift 6 White/Black

Release Year: 1999

Some may find this silo more popular than the Air Jordan XV since they are similar sneakers in both look and design. The angular look of the Jumpman Swift 6 does look a tad more foot appropriate than the rounded Jordan XV.

Jumpman Quick 6 White/Navy-Maize

Release Year: 1998

Seen on the feet of such NBA players like Eddie Jones and Vin Baker in 1998, the Jumpman Quick 6 is made up of several pieces of leather and lush padding on the upper walls of the sneaker. Shaped sort of like the fabled Air Monarch, a retro release of this shoe would be very welcome.

Jumpman Jeter Vital Black/White-Red

Release Year: 2007

Despite having more of a training sneaker design, the Jumpman Jeter Vital not only saw action on the diamond as intended, but was often seen on basketball courts as well. Images of President Barack Obama hooping in a pair during his first term as POTUS means he trumps Derek Jeter. Just sayin’!

Jumpman DJ OG White/Royal

Release Year: 2004

A Derek Jeter training sneaker, the Jumpman DJ released in 2004 and these have a bit of Jordan 12 feel to them as far as the stitching is concerned. This white/royal colorway it too clean and these would be especially great to have right now all things considered.

Jumpman Pro Black/White-Red

Release Year: 1997

Released in 1997, the Jumpman Pro was the first Team Jordan sneaker and started the trend of taking the current Air Jordan sneaker design of the time and fortifying it. Fun fact: The Jumpman Pro was one of the first Nike basketball sneakers to feature the “Engineered and built to the exact specifications of championship athletes around the world” moniker.

Jumpman Pro Quick White/Black-Red

Release Year: 1998

A great display of premium materials used on a low-top basketball sneaker with a nimble build, the craftsmanship on the Jumpman Pro Quick is excellent and lines of this classic shoe can still be seen in the Jordan CP3 line.

Jumpman Pro OG Black/White-Gold

Release Year: 1997

When the Jumpman Pro saw a Retro release in 2008, it was available for customization thru NIKEiD and was seen on the feet of not only Team Jordan players like Joe Johnson and Ray Allen, but also other NBA stars like Kevin Garnett.

Jumpman Team I Black/White

Release Year: 1997

Easily one of the most beloved Team Jordan sneakers, the Jumpman Team 1 model is acceptable anywhere in the strong black and white colorway. This shoe really lived up to its name in the 1995-56 NBA season being worn by MJ’s teammate Scottie Pippen.

Jumpman Pro Quick OG White/Black-Royal

Release Year: 1998

Featuring the Optimal Motion traction pattern, the Pro Quick bears a striking resemblance to the CP3.IV thanks largely to the silhouette height and the Jumpman branding seen in a circle with similar placement by the heel.

Jordan Pro Strong White/Pine Green-Black

Release Year: 1998

An original colorway worn by prominent Team Jordan member Vin Baker, this pair of the Pro Strong linked up with the Seattle Supersonics uniform colors. There might be a stigma attached to any non-numbered Jordans, but there aren’t many who could legitimately call themselves a sneakerhead that do not accept this sneaker as a classic.

Jumpman Team I "UNC"

Release Year: 1997

The Jumpman Team 1 retro, which just came back this year, is said to now feature two Zoom Air cushioning units seamlessly infused into this early Team Jordan design. But modern updates aside, the clean “UNC” colorway reigns supreme in our eyes as the top Jumpman Team 1 colorway and you could find Tar Heels players wearing these on court back in the late ’90s.

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