10 Best Looking Jordan Shoes Reviewed & Compared

Rarely has pop culture been so influenced by a sports figure as it has with Michael Jordan, an iconic emissary of basketball so prolific and extraordinary with his talent for the game that he practically defined it for two decades. As the Jordan himself became synonymous with the sport, so too did his footwear, and if there was any way to “be like Mike”, it was to own a pair of Air Jordans.

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Released in 1985 as symbols of speed, agility, and superior performance, they instantly captured the hearts of fans and fashion lovers alike. Over the next 30+ years, a staggering variety of Jordan’s would be released, each with different looks, features, and functions.

Last Updated: June 27, 2017
By Mirisa Jewell:

This list of top 10 Best Looking Jordans has been updated and reviewed after research on the topic of discussion. This list contains uniquely designed jordans such as; Nike Jordan Eclipse, Nike Jordan Ultra Fly, and Nike Air Jordan Retro 9 Low.

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Michael Jordan wanted his shoes to enhance his performance, so many of them have Air units built into their footbeds for extra cushion. He wanted deep tread for traction on the court. He wanted a sneaker that looked fresh, so he enlisted master designers to craft a shoe that looked as good as it performed. Here is a list of the current top 10 Air Jordans trending now. You may also want to take a look at the best-rated shoes for basketball.

 

10 Best Looking Jordan Shoes

 

1. Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid

The classic shoe bumps itself to the top of the list. It is truly a classic with a modern feel to it but remains the flagship shoe for this brand. It has the ubiquitous Air Jordan Nike swoosh design on the lateral side, and comes in an old school blue and white combo.
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Functionality
This shoe has a strong attitude and a strong build as many of the historic Jordan's are. The base of the shoe is leather and it has synthetic accents top to bottom. The soles have deep flex grooves that give you the grip you need.

Comfort
Jordan's are all about comfort and performance. The comfort of this shoe is world renowned. Jordan's leather has been supple from the day he first wore a pair. Creasing and flexing in all the right places, these will become a second skin for your foot. The perforations on the toe box enhance breathability. Known as a classic, the history of the shoe begs to be bested by any other brand.

Cost and Value
Due to their name alone, Air Jordans have always commanded a high price point. It’s no different with the Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro. The breakdown of quality materials, level of functionality, comfort, and color options make them a worthwhile investment. They have been the envy of the wearer since 1985 and show no sign of quitting.
Pros

 

Functional traction Timeless design Comfort

Breatability

Comfort

Cons

Color choices

2. Nike Jordan Eclipse

Don’t let the name of this Jordan fool you - the Eclipse is not designed solely with fashion in mind. Though it may have a fair amount of swagger in its construction, it is made as much for on court action as it is for strutting the streets. It has all the features of the ever-popular Air Jordan 1 but with a little something extra.
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Versatility
The Eclipse has a mesh pattern on the outside, atypical for the Air Jordan brand. The look of the shoe is eye catching in a way that other Jordans are not, which is impressive considering the variety that exist. They’re lightweight and comfortable, making them great for on and off court wear. With the dizzying amount of color options, you can wear them with slacks, jeans, or basketball shorts.

Functionality
They have a Herringbone mesh pattern for traction and flexibility on the court, which is typical of the brand. They also have the Air unit in the cupsole that makes for added cushion support. Where they differ is with the tongue that folds down over the arch of the foot, making them have a “glove like feel” that will make them the favorite Jordans in your closet.

Cost and Value
These Jordans are slightly less expensive than some other pairs, while boasting many of the features expected with the brand, such as the traction, Air unit in the cupsole, and extra cushion. Their mesh design and glove-like fit set them apart as a sneaker that is both fashionable and functional, making them a unique member of the Air Jordan pantheon and your closet.
Pros

Mesh design

Very comfortable

Glove-like tongue

Slightly less expensive

Cons

More for leisure wear

3. Nike Air Jordan I Retro High OG

The first high top in the mix that mixes up the construction of the Air Jordan 1, adding synthetic to the usual leather design. It has the look and feel of the Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro but with a high top shaft. It also boasts the same Air Jordan Wings on the lateral side. It has a few features to improve its durability and enhance performance.
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Durability
A high top shaft acts as a brace for high powered activities, giving security to the ankle as more physical demand is placed below the knee. The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG’s have a combination full-grain leather and nubuck upper for increased durability, meaning your ankle is more padded and protected.

Flexibility
As always, the Air unit rubber cupsole in the heel means lightweight cushioning, but it’s the deep flex grooves in the rubber outsole and the established pivot point that allow the most flexibility and traction on the court. The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG takes into account the amount of flexibility needed for the wearer that wants a Jordan with superior performance.

Cost and Value
A shoe that costs half as much as a Jordan will last half as long, and these Jordans were made for the wear and tear of the court. They’re comfortable, durable, and flexible, which are all the paramount features of a great sneaker. The high top offers great ankle protection, while the Air unit cupsole provides great lightweight cushion. They also come in a variety of colorways to delight every Jordan fan.
Pros

High top for ankle protection

Air unit in cupsole for cushion

Deep flex grooves for traction

Quality materials

Cons

Can run small

4. Nike Jordan Spizike

4. Nike Jordan Spizike
Not one of the more popular Jordans, the Spizike's name comes from a collaboration between Micheal Jordan and Spike Lee to commemorate their long friendship. A historic friendship breeds a historic shoe. Launched in 2006, this shoe has gone through many changes in color and style. This one is one of the most popular of them all.
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Functionality
These Jordan's are both a ready made basketball shoe and a fun wearing leisure shoe as well. It is built with a leather and synthetic upper with mesh side panels for comfort and breathability. It also has a PU midsole with Nike Air units in the heel and forefoot for superb cushioning.
Traction is key given its durable rubber outsole.

Support
The Spizike is designed with a midfoot strap integrated with a support specific lacing system for support and a lockdown fit. Add to that the padded collar for comfort and a "next level" fit, this shoe supports your foot as it deserves to be!

Cost and Value
Not one of a kind, but for sure it is a design that has a special meaning for those Jordan lovers who want that special shoe. For a shoe like this, there is no real limit that one could spend but the price point is decent for a well constructed, special shoe that not everyone has.
Pros

Special edition shoe

Comfot fit

Color choices

Cons

Hard to find all models

5. Nike Jordan Jumpman Pro Quick

5. Nike Jordan Jumpman Pro Quick
Another throw back to the old school Jordan fan. First seen on the market in 1998 worn on the court by none other than Eddie Jones, this shoe is back some 20 years later. Many improvements since the original shoe made its debut thanks to modern day technology.
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Functionality
A great court shoe in its hay day, the tradition continues. Constructed with tumbled leather across the panels, your fit will be snug yet smooth. The newly innovated mesh tongue lands perfectly to avoid lacing pressure points. Also equipped with a quick lacing system accompanied by several TPU panels and Zoom Air cushioning. Classics with modern touches.

Versatility
Built for the court but loved for the everyday wearer, the Jumpman Pro Quick is being hailed as a shoe for all. Powerful build for the active person with all the technical construction needed for the big game. Comfort and quality for those walking on campus or enjoying a day with the family. Versatility is a key feature of the Jumpman Pro Quick. Nike Jordans are reinventing the yesteryear of shoes.

Cost and Value
Getting your hands on a pair of these will be simple, but you will need to have a minimal color palate as their are only two available. This issue aside, the quality of this shoe matches the history and longevity of the brand as well. You will have a classic with the amenities of the future.
Pros

Smooth and sleek design

Light weight construction

Game day ready

Cons

Minimal color choice

6. Nike Jordan Ultra Fly

6. Nike Jordan Ultra Fly
Resembling the sneaker a Jordan fan might wear sometime in the future, when metallic jumpsuits and jet packs come with every purchase, the Jordan Ultra Fly is a sneaker for the bold. The “cage” of rubber mesh that surrounds the color of the shoe (which varies widely, depending on what you’d like to see “peek through” from beneath it) looks organic, and almost alien. Though they may look bizarre, they boast the same quality features of other mid-top sneakers, which includes a lot of extra cushion and functionality.
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Comfort
The Jordan Ultra Fly has been constructed using Nike Engineered Mesh, which is stronger and offers more durability than standard mesh. Because it has more prominent perforations, it allows for more air flow. This Kurim mesh also helps the foot with natural flexing movements and maneuverability. The Air unit in the forefoot and heel provide the bouncy cushion ubiquitous to all Jordans.

Innovation
From the cage-like mesh around the sneaker, to the Kurim mesh beneath it for added durability, the Jordan Ultra Fly is so named for a reason - it takes the latest in Nike Engineered mesh technology and puts it to good use, making an incredibly stylish shoe that is also incredibly comfortable and malleable. It also has a unique U-throat design that adds to its stylish appearance. These innovations make it more breathable and comfortable than not only other Jordans, but other sneakers on the market.

Cost and Value
For the unique design, comfort, and innovation, there is no better sneaker for the price. These head turning sneakers of the future will never be for the faint of heart, but the wearer that decides to purchase them will enjoy all the benefits of this highly versatile shoe. The Nike Engineered mesh technology is a great addition to the Air Jordan features, and definitely makes these worth the steep Jordan price tag.
Pros

Cage-like mesh exterior overlay

Kurim mesh exterior

U-throat design

Comfort

Cons

Can run small

7. Nike Air Jordan 6 Retro

7. Nike Air Jordan 6 Retro
While Air Jordan’s get plenty of street wear and fashion recognition, they are first and foremost a basketball shoe. The Air Jordan 6 Retro’s were the shoes Michael Jordan was wearing when he took them to his first championship victory, making them an important Jordan in the path to glory that would see him garner five more championship rings. They were designed by Tinker Hatfield to model a sport car’s clean lines and aerodynamic body, which is exactly the impression they leave with their fresh leather and rubber construction, perforated exterior, and swooping lines.
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Functionality
The high top design of the Jordan 6 Retro provides extra stability and comfort for the ankle, vitally important to the support of pivoting and other sudden motions. The perforated holes along the exterior allow for the release and intake of cool air, while a reinforced toe cap requested by Jordan himself prevents injury.

Versatility
The greatest contribution Air Jordans have made to the world of basketball sneakers is their sheer variety. There is a Jordan for every sort of wearer, and every style of personality. The Jordan 6 Retro can be easily slipped off and on via two holes in the tongue and a modified heel. They evoke a classic retro vibe while having a look that will never go out of style.

Cost and Value
For true Jordan fans that know their Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan trivia, the Jordan 6 Retro is an important addition to the Air Jordan lineup. It’s about half as expensive as some of the fancier Jordans, with the benefit of the added toe cap reinforcement, modified tongue and heel for easy slip on access, and the classic exterior that evokes sports car imagery and appeal. No Jordan collection should be without, and for some wearers, it could be the most important shoe in it.
Pros

Sporty design

Reinforced toe cap

High top design for added ankle support

Easy to put on and remove

Cons

Creases Easily

8. Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Low

8. Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro Low
For the wearer who wants a slightly less conspicuous Jordan that sits low on the ankle and has a streamlined, unassuming but still statement making design, the Jordan 11 Retro Low fits like a glove. It comes in an assortment of very simple color ways, and emphasizes a clean, uncluttered look with simple lace up closures. It’s a sneaker that doesn’t look like it’s made for any one sport, and would look appropriate on the court, in the street, and in the stands.
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Versatility
One of the stand out features of the Jordan 11 Retro Low is the addition of patent leather on its upper. It telegraphs a look that is understated but cool, not as flashy as other the Eclipse or Ultra Fly but not lacking in bravado. They look just as good with jeans as they do with basketball shorts, and the all black option with the patent leather makes them even dressy enough to wear out on the town.

Comfort
An Air Max unit along the foot bed provides extra cushion and padding for the wearer, making these Jordans as comfortable as the are stylish. The collar and tongue have extra padding as well, which can be important in a low sneaker. Oftentimes, without sufficient padding around the ankle, the collar can chaffe the skin.

Cost and Value
For an accessible Jordan that is sporty but understated, the Jordan 11 Retros embody all that is appealing about the brand without being too flashy. The added component of the patent leather upper make them look polished, and elevate a sneaker that is already loaded with great features, like an Air Max unit, and extra padding. These will become your new everyday Jordan, if not everyday sneaker.
Pros

Patent leather upper

Air Max unit in footbed

Extra padding on collar and tongue

Sleek design

Cons

Can run small

9. Nike Air Jordan Future Low

9. Nike Air Jordan Future Low
The Future is also the past in this case. This shoe bridges the gap between the old and new. Designed in the minimalist tradition with the quality of the brand tradition. Its versatility is what has made this kick an instant hit. The tight knit woven upper gives this model a sock like feel which has dominated the running shoe division at Nike as well. A sleek finish to this shoe rounds out the reason is it part of Jordan's best looking list.
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Functional
The build is in the body. The base is full length Air and the foam midsole provides the ultimate of cushioning. Paired up with that is the two traditional herringbone segments. Let's not forget the carbon fibre midfoot shank for support and torsional rigidity lends all the support one needs.

Versatility
The inner liner of this shoe is composed of Nylon material, which is extremely comfortable and allows for the shoe to be worn with or without socks making it versatile for both on and off court usage. There is no heel counter so you might feel some heel slippage. If you stay with your traditional size, they should be no problem since the overall fit is excellent and the midfoot can be snug.

Cost and Value
If you are in the market for some Jordan's, you know that you will be paying a decent price for these shoes. However, you are getting a modern designed, well built shoe that opens new doors for Jordan wearers. Gone is the 3/4 leather shell and heavy soles...welcoming in a new, lighter, sleeker lightweight mesh shoe reflecting every dollar you spend.
Pros

Truly a beautiful shoe

Mesh body 

Light and modern

Cons

Not cheap

10. Nike Air Jordan 12 Retro

10. Nike Air Jordan 12 Retro
Though Air Jordans come in a variety of retro styles, the Air Jordan 12 Retro combine some of the best qualities of the Retro 9 and the Retro 11, while providing some new features of its own to set it apart. Like the other two on this list, it is comfortable, functional, and presents a classic look that transitions well between activities on the court and in the street.
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Functionality
The Jordan 12 Retro is based on Tinker Hatfield's celebrated 1996 design — the first to bring Zoom Air cushioning to the signature line. Air max units located from the heel to forefoot provide added cushion for each step, so that explosive movements are possible with added padding.

Versatility
These Jordans are somewhat sporty and mostly stylish. Built on the same platform as most other competitive based shoes, the Retro 12 gives you more of a casual fashion look than a NBA style court shoe. Don't get me wrong...dunking is STILL and option here!
Cost and Value
The price point on this shoe is right in the Jordan wheelhouse. You will get a lot of shoe for your buck given the versatility noted. Just because they look chill does not mean they can not be laced up and used in your next game.
Pros

Multi use design and color

Streamlined design

Air Max from toe to heel

Quality materials

Cons

Runs narrow for some

In the world of basketball, there is no sports figure more iconic than Michael Jordan. In the world of sneakers, whether designed for basketball or not, there is no shoe as iconic than Air Jordans. From their performance enhancing features like Air units in the footbed for added cushion and deep tread for traction to the sheer breadth of variety in their ever-changing designs, they are symbolic of a man who celebrated individual excellence and team pride. Anyone interested in capturing that ethos for themselves need only step into a pair of Air Jordans and find out for themselves why they remain the standard in the sneaker market. Some wearers may be serious about their basketball game, while others may want to convey their fashion-forward taste in trends. Whatever the case, there literally is an Air Jordan for everyone, as this list proves.