25 Awesome Magazine Shoots Featuring Jordans

We highlight 25 awesome magazine shoots featuring your favorite stars rocking Jordans, because who knows, maybe that got you hooked on kicks in the first place! From athletes to rappers to MJ himself, we look back and feature a number of different magazine shoots where the sneaker focus was squarely on Jordans. If you're any type of fan of Jordans, it's always fun to flip through your favorite mag and catch a celebrity wearing a pair of Js. Especially since for some of these mags outside of Sports Illustrated, SLAM, ESPN The Magazine, etc., you don't normally see Jordans featured in shoots.

Eminem

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 4 ‘Fire Red’
Magazine: Sole Collector
Year: 2009 (Issue 28)

A lot of new sneakerheads might sleep on Slim Shady’s footwear collection. But slow down, because Em has crazy heat! Like the classic ‘Fire Red’ Air Jordan IVs he sported on the cover of Sole Collector’s 28th issue.

Michael Jordan

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 7 “Hare”
Magazine: GQ
Year: February 2011

We love this cover of February 2011’s GQ magazine. In it’s feature of the 25 coolest athletes of all time, MJ took the cover with a throwback shot from 1992, where he was rocking the always perfect “Hare” Air Jordan VII.

2012 Kentucky Wildcats

Jordans in shoot: Jordan 10 “Old Royal” and Jordan 13 “Flint”
Magazine: ESPN The Magaine
Year: March 2012

As evidenced by the cover of a March 2012 ESPN the Magazine issue (oh, and their National Title), the Kentucky Wildcats had a ridiculous basketball team. Just peep the footwear of Davis, Jones and MKG. Nice work, gentlemen.

Blake Griffin

Jordan in shoot: Jordan I Retro High OG “Black Toe”
Magazine: ESPN The Magazine
Year: May 2013

As a flagship Jordan Brand athlete, Blake Griffin has his pick of whatever Js he wants. For the cover of the May 2013 ESPN The Magazine BG went with a classic: the Air Jordan I “Black Toe.”

Michael Jordan

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 4 Black/Cement
Magazine: GQ
Year: March 1989

Sure, Jordans are all the rage in fashion today, but this is awesome because it shows how far back the Air Jordan line’s influence on the fashion world goes. March 1989’s GQ magazine was MJ’s first cover for the mag, and – in the feature – he was of course rocking the latest and greatest Jordan of the moment: the iconic Black/Cement Air Jordan IV.

Tinker Hatfield

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 4 “Oregon Ducks” Black
Magazine: Sole Collector
Year: 2013 (Issue 42)

We love Sole Collector’s inspiring sneaker reporting and awesome covers, and their Issue 42 feature on design legend Tinker Hatfield is no exception. Although we are a little salty about this one, because Tinker is showcasing the amazing “Oregon Ducks” Air Jordan IVs…the ones that never released to the public. Come on JB!

Usher

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 11 ‘Gold’
Magazine: Nylon
Year: July 2014

Speaking of getting salty, here is Usher Raymond just crushing your sneaker collection in these thus-far-unreleased all-gold Air Jordan XIs. Come on MAN!

Jabari Parker

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 12 “Playoffs”
Magazine: Sports Illustrated
Year: May 2012

We’ve all been watching Chicago phenom Jabari Parker’s ascendance to the NBA. And with his recent addition to Team Jordan, it’s clear JB has been too. But Parker has been rocking Js since his not-too-distance high school days. Here he is in the May 2012 issue of SI, rocking the always excellent “Playoff” Air Jordan XII.

Chris Paul

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 7 “Bordeaux”
Magazine: ESPN The Magazine
Year: February 2014

Chris Paul has more fire Air Jordans than even the most seasoned collector. But for the cover shoot of the February 2014 ESPN The Magazine, he went with our favorite Air Jordan VII, the fantastic “Bordeaux” colorway. Can’t go wrong with that!

Jay Z

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 4 “Mars Blackmon”
Magazine: XXL
Year: December 2006

This one is a bit of a throwback. Here is Jay Z in the December ’06 issue of XXL rocking the dope “Mars” Air Jordan IVs. Hova’s always got classics.

Michael Jordan

Jordan in shoot: Jordan I High Black/Red
Magazine: KICKS by SLAM
Year: August 2007

Produced by SLAM magazine, KICKS could have gone with any sneaker photo they wanted for their 10th anniversary issue. But, as it usually does for us; it always comes back to the black/red Air Jordan I. Perhaps the most important basketball shoe of all time.

Keegan Bradley

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 3 White/Black-Infrared 23
Magazine: Golf Digest
Year: July 2014

Though not an official member of Team Jordan (yet), pro golfer Keegan Bradley is MJ’s neighbor, golf buddy and “friend of the brand.” This much has been evidenced in recent months with Bradley stunting on Instagram with crazy PEs. Here he is on the cover of July 2014’s Golf Digest rocking some “Infrared 23″ IIIs.

Anthony Davis

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 10 “Old Royal”
Magazine: Sports Illustrated
Year: March 2012

One cover in March of 2012 wasn’t enough for Ant Davis, he was also caught on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s March Madness preview. And again, he was seen rocking his apparent favorite Air Jordan X, the clean ‘Old Royal’ iteration.

Carmelo Anthony

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 4 “Toro”
Magazine: SLAM
Year: November 2012

Carmelo Anthony has been spotted in Jordans in so many places it’s hard to keep track. But we were paying attention in November of 2012, when he was featured in SLAM Magazine wearing some amazing all-red Air Jordan IVs. Now, this was a full year and a half before we had a look at the Air Jordan IV “Toro,” so you can bet we were hyped.

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Michael Jordan

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 13 “Playoffs”
Magazine: SLAM
Year: August 1998

MJ has too many magazine covers to count, but this one from August 1998’s SLAM Magazine stood out because of those dope “Playoff” XIIIs.

Nate Robinson

Jordans in shoot: Too many!
Magazine: ESPN The Magazine
Year: April 2013

If you’ve been paying attention in recent years, you know Nate Robinson’s got some crazy sneaker game. And back in April 2013’s issue of ESPN The Magazine, Nate’s collection was featured in detail. At the time, he said he’s got over 150 pairs of Jordans alone and, in the banner image, you best believe Nate came correct. Bin 23 Vs FTW!

Victor Cruz

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 9 “Crawfish” or “Bentley Ellis”
Magazine: Glamour
Year: February 2013

If you didn’t already know, Giants receiving stud Victor Cruz stays rocking heat. Here he is in February 2013’s issue of Glamour (yes, Glamour) Magazine rocking them Js. We’re a huge fan of the “Bentley Ellis” IX.

Michael Jordan / Spike Lee

Jordans in shoot: Jordan 3 Black/Cement and Jordan 3 White/Cement
Magazine: Various (Ad)
Year: 1988

How could we not throw in one of the most iconic sneaker ad shoots of all time? The Best on Earth? Best on Mars? Best in print, period.

Kid Cudi

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 7 “60+ Pack”
Magazine: GQ
Year: November 2009

Before rising to the upper echelons of the rap game, Drake, Wale and Kid Cudi were still being featured in countless “upcoming superstars” features like this one from November 2009’s GQ. And even if Wale’s rocking some fire, Cudi takes the footwear win here with the VIIs from the “60+ Pack.”

Michael Jordan

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 3 ‘Fire Red’
Magazine: Sports Illustrated for Kids
Year: January 1989

Okay, so it’s actually Wednesday, but you could use this one for your #ThrowbackThursday. We actually forgot that SI runs a special kids version of their publication, but our research reminded us of this awesome 1989 cover with MJ rocking the ‘Fire Red’ IIIs.

Kevin Hart

Jordan in shoot: Jordan I Black/Red (modified for comedic purposes)
Magazine: GQ
Year: May 2014

We love this one. Kevin Hart is the man…even if he isn’t as tall as most of them. Here he is in the May 2014 issue of GQ magazine goofing around in some, uh hum, modified black/red Air Jordan Is.

DJ Khaled & Ace Hood

Jordans in shoot: Jordan 3 White/Cement and Jordan 12 “Taxi”
Magazine: The Source
Year: June-July 2013

Sure, catching Khaled in some Js is a common occurrence. But we love the simple colorways featured on the cover of this June/July 2013 issue of The Source. Also, extra credit points to Ace Hood with the “Taxi” XIIs.

Michael Jordan

Jordans in shoot: Jordan 7 “Hare” and Jordan 7 “Bordeaux”
Magazine: Sports Illustrated for Kids
Year: May 1992

Another issue of SI Kids with MJ on the cover, this time in May 1992, with him rocking even more heat. Even if he’s getting dunked on by a girl with the same shoes as he’s got on, His Airness was still looking proper in those “Hare” Jordan VIIs.

Jabari Parker & James Michael Macadoo

Jordans in shoot: Jordan 11 ‘Concord’ and Jordan 3 White/Cement
Magazine: Sports Illustrated
Year: November 2013

Back in May 2012 wasn’t the only time Jabari Parker has been on the cover of SI rocking Js. Here he is again, in Novemer 2013, alongside UNC’s James Michael McAdoo, rocking some straight fire.

Drake

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 3 ‘True Blue’
Magazine: NME Magazine
Year: April 2012

Before officially becoming a member of Team Jordan in December of 2013, Drake could always be regularly seen rocking Js. This particular pic of Drake rocking the ‘True Blue’ Jordan 3s actually comes from the outtakes of his shoot with the British mag.

Kid Cudi

Jordan in shoot: Jordan 3 ‘True Blue’
Magazine: Complex
Year: August/September 2009

Featuring dope illustrations from graffiti artist AUGOR added to the shoot after the fact, Kid Cudi broke out the ‘True Blue’ Jordan IIIs as just one of his footwear selections for his cover feature with Complex Magazine back in 2009.

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College Players Who Had The Best Jordans

Kid Cudi

College: Kentucky

We know 2012s number one pick is now an official Nike athlete. But in his one year at Kentucky, he seemed to favor the Jumpman pairing that UK blue with the “Old Royal” Air Jordan X quite often.

Ryan Boatright

College: UConn

While many expected Boatright to go pro, he’s recently stated his intentions to return to Storrs and try to bring UConn back to the promise land again. This year, like Shabazz, he often rocked some sweet Kobe PEs. But throughout his years at UConn, Boatright has also sported some pretty nice J’s. Should be fun to watch again this year.

Cleanthony Early

College: Wichita State

Okay, so playing at Wichita State may have had people sleepin’ on him, but Cleanthony Early is an awesome basketball player. And his kick game ain’t bad either. Just check out a little sampling of his Jordan heat.

Kenyon Martin

College: Cincinnati

Sure, he may have the unfortunate nickname of “K-Mart,” but his kicks certainly weren’t from the department store racks. Back in his days at the University of Cincinnati, Martin tore up the court in various Jordans.

Xavier Thames

College: San Diego State

Sure, SDSU Aztecs guard Xavier Thames may not be a household name yet, but the kid can ball. If he gets a shot at the next level, keep an eye on his kicks, cause he’s rocked some bangers at State the past few years.

Caron Butler

College: UConn

You might call Caron Butler a bit of a journeyman in the NBA. But back in the early 2000s, when he balled at UConn, the man was nice…and he looked nice while leading the Huskies in scoring and rebounding, sporting dope J’s early and often.

Dwayne Polee II

College: San Diego State

Another SDSU Aztec that we’ll be seeing more heat from in the coming year, is Dwayne Polee II. Playoff XIs, “True Blue” IIIs, “Pure Money” IVs…the kid has game.

James Young

College: Kentucky

Late in UK’s past season, freshman phemon James Young tended to lace up the amazing Kobe IXs. But prior to the Kobe’s dropping, Young rocked some dope J’s. And, after playing in the Jordan Brand Classic, McDonalds All-American game, declaring his intentions to go pro, and signing with Hova’s Roc-Nation Sports, all in about a year and a half, you can bet we’ll see a lot more of Young’s sneaker game in the future.

Julius Peppers

College: North Carolina

Yeah, he may be one of the most feared defenders in the NFL, but don’t forget that Julius Peppers is simply a freak athlete. A two-sport stud at UNC, in 2000, he helped their BASKETBALL team make it to the Final Four. Crazy. And oh yeah, he rocked some pretty dope Jordans while doing it too.

Travis McKie

College: Wake Forest

Okay, so Wake Forest senior forward Travis Mckie may not be the most recognizable name on this list, but his on-court footwear resume is on par with the best of ’em. Wake’s clean color schemes also play nicely with his Jordan game. Nice choices Travis.

Winston Shepard

College: San Diego State

San Diego State sophmore Winston Shepard may not be ready for the big leagues yet, but his sneaker game is world class. Just check out the heat he rocked the last two seasons at SDSU.

Marcus Jordan

College: UCF

Okay, this one is a no-brainer. Sure, his pops is MJ himself, but Marcus Jordan’s sneaker game is ridiculous. Not only has he rocked many folk’s grails on-court (those Premios!), he actually wore so much Jordan Brand heat while refusing to wear anything but JB, he caused adidas to pull the plug on their $3M sponsorship deal with UCF! Depending on your preference, that may have actually been a blessing. Because one year later, UCF was announced as an official Nike school. We see you Marcus.

Kemba Walker

College: UConn

He may be an Under Armour guy now, but back in his three years at UConn, Walker laced up some fresh Jays. He seemed to favor the XII, rocking multiple colorways. But he did break out the classic Cool Grey XIs from time-to-time as well.

Austin Rivers

College: Duke

A lottery pick in 2012, Austin Rivers may not have always rocked J’s when he played at Duke, but when he did, they were super clean. Check him out here in the Air Jordan XIII “Flint” and “Cool Grey” XI.

Jamaal Franklin

College: San Diego State

Another in the long line of SDSU athletes that rocked crazy heat on-court, Jamaal Franklin was a beast in his college days. Not only did he carry SDSU after the departure of star Kawhi Leonard, he seemed to inherit Leonard’s shoe closet too.

Sean May

College: North Carolina

Playing for the Tar Heels, you already know Sean May was in line to get his hands on any number of dope Jordans. While a lot of UNC players wear signature J’s from all across the line, May laced up his fair share of Jordans during his career in Chapel Hill and those 12s are oh so clean.

Nick Johnson

College: Arizona

Arizona has a pretty cushy Nike deal, so it’s a common occurrence to see Wildcats’ players rocking heat. The latest in that long line of NBA prospects out of Tuscon is Nick Johnson. Though he did tend to lace up some team PEs more often lately, he’s rocked Jordans throughout his career at Arizona.

Shabazz Napier

College: UConn

Sure, in their 2013-14 run to the NCAA Championship, Shabazz usually rocked some fantastic looking Kobe PEs…but don’t sleep on his Jordan game. As they say, variety is the spice of life!

Anthony Davis

College: Kentucky

We know 2012s number one pick is now an official Nike athlete. But in his one year at Kentucky, he seemed to favor the Jumpman pairing that UK blue with the “Old Royal” Air Jordan X quite often.

Isaiah Thomas

College: Washington

A second-round pick back in 2011, Isaiah Thomas may not wind up being as good a player as his legendary namesake. But back in his days with the UW Huskies, ooh baby did he rock some heat. Seen here in the ‘Linen’ Xs, Black Cats and BHM IIIs, the Huskies dynamic team colors allowed Thomas to switch it up often. Cleannnn.

Kawhi Leonard

College: San Diego State

Watching him emerge as an NBA superstar, it’s obvious that Kawhi Leonard has got shoe game. But that isn’t just a result of his big league contracts. Back in his days at SDSU the boy got his shine, rocking tons of clean Jays. Keep an eye on Leonard.

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