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Few descriptions are too superlative for the Air Jordan 1. It is an iconic sneaker that changed the footwear and sports industry and then transcended its rootsto be loved in hip-hop, skateboarding and fashion.
Elevated to legendary status through its famous "forbidden" legacy, the "One That Started It All" has been released in nearly countless OG and non-OG colorways, and as part of many collaborations with skateboarder Lance Mountain, designer Virgil Abloh, and football club Paris Saint-Germain, among others.
To emphasize how influential and popular the silhouette has become since its initial release in 1985, there were no fewer than 60 releases of the Nike Air Jordan 1 in 2018, many of which were highly coveted and sold out upon release. It's no secret that certain AJ1s can command a hefty price on the resale market. Recent colorways like Virgil Abloh's "Chicago" Off-WHite™ x Nike Air Jordan 1, both 2018 Art Basel iterations, or the collaboration with Union Los Angeles immediately come to mind as we discuss the most valuable Air Jordan 1s.
Since the Air Jordan 1 has over 30 years of history, we tappedStockXto find out which colorways are truly the most valuable in the secondary market. Browse our ranking of the 20 most valuable Nike Air Jordan 1s to see for yourself.
23. Off-White™ Nike Air Jordan 1 "UNC"
Date of publication:June 23, 2018Average resale price:$ 872Editor's Notes:The third Off-White™ x Nike Air Jordan 1 to release, this colorway is inspired by Michael Jordan's alma mater, the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carolina's blue and white outfit was complemented by Virgil Abloh's signature deconstructed style and Off-White™ branding.
22. Travis Scott x Nike Air Jordan 1 "Inverted Swoosh"
Date of publication:11 mei 2019Average resale price:$ 973Editor's Notes:This inverted Swoosh Nike Air Jordan 1 was Travis Scott's second Air Jordan collaboration and his most popular to date. After being teased and rumored for nearly a year, the collab came as a surprise to Nike SNKRS at Scott's Grammy performance in February. The sneaker features a hidden stash pocket in the ankle collar and debossed Cactus Jack detailing on the heel and medial sides.
21. Nike Air Jordan 1 "Needle"
Date of publication:12 July 2017Average resale price:$ 1.269Editor's Notes:This "Igloo" Nike Air Jordan 1 was part of a pack of two AJ1s that dropped exclusively at Art Basel in Miami in 2017. Inspired by the city's Art Deco heritage, the Air Jordan 1's "Black Toe" aesthetic was essentially reworked in South Beach - friendly tones. Both pairs were extremely limited, hence the high selling price.
20. Nike Air Jordan 1 "Banned" 2011
Date of publication:June 2, 2011Average resale price:$ 1.363Editor's Notes:While the black and red (Bred) colorway was nothing new in 2011 when the "Banned" Nike Air Jordan 1 came out, the red "X" and original "Nike Air" tag on the tongue were. iteration is worth so much more than the 2009 "Bred" Air Jordan 1. The colorway, of course, was originally released in 1985 and gained legendary status as Michael Jordan's sneakers were "banned" by the NBA for not adhering to the strict dress code used to love.
19. Nike Air Jordan 1 "Quai54 F&F"
Date of publication:N/AAverage resale price:$ 1.394Editor's Notes:This Air Jordan 1 was handed out to friends and family of Jordan Brand as part of the 2011 Quai 54 streetball tournament in Paris, France. It differed from the regular version, which was widely released, in that the blue, red, and black color scheme was split down the middle on each side. It also features Quai54 branding on the tongue and insoles.
18. Only x Nike Air Jordan 1 "Art Basel"
Date of publication:8 december 2018Average resale price:$ 1.403Editor's Notes:The second Art Basel Miami-exclusive Air Jordan 1 on this list, this particular colorway was a collaboration with Miami-based retailer Solefly and dropped in December 2018. A "Sail" base gave way to University of Miami-inspired blue and green leather overlays, as well as an embossed Solefly logo on the heel. Retail was only $160, but because they were strictly limited, resale is almost ten times that.
17. Nike Air Jordan 1 "Roestroze"
Date of publication:12 July 2017Average resale price:$ 1.528Editor's Notes:The "Rust Pink" Nike Air Jordan 1 forms the second half of the 2017 Art Basel Jordan Brand drop, the other sneaker being the aforementioned "Igloo" colorway. Like the pair above, the "Black Toe" AJ1 color blocking has been reworked, with rust pink making its way onto the ankle collar, tongue label and outsole.
16. Nike Air Jordan 1 "Brooklyn Nets City-editie"
Date of publication:N/AAverage resale price:$ 1.536Editor's Notes:Produced by DeJesus Custom Footwear as a tribute to Brooklyn, the "City Edition" Air Jordan 1 featured COOGI-inspired "Brooklyn camo" that nods to a similar pattern used on the late 2018 Brooklyn Nets jersey. The Air Jordan 1- customs also refers to references Notorious B.I.G. (a notoriously big fan of COOGI jerseys) and his year of birth, with "BIG" and "1972" on the heels in white.
15. Nike Air Jordan 1 "Satin"
Date of publication:October 18, 2016Average resale price:$ 1.686Editor's Notes:In 2016, around the time Jordan Brand had launched its "Remastered" series of retro Air Jordans, Nike released a very limited version of the original "Bred" Nike Air Jordan 1, except with a satin upper. Its luxurious upper construction and low inventory has made it one of the most expensive Air Jordan 1s of all time.
14. fragment x Nike Air Jordan 1
Date of publication:27 december 2014Average resale price:$ 1.817Editor's Notes:fragment's Hiroshi Fukiwara and Nike have a longstanding partnership that includes the HTM releases overseen by Fujiwara, Mark Parker and Tinker Hatfield, as well as a series of collaborations with the designer's fragment label. Following the Sock Dart and the Roshe LD-1000 SP, Fujiwara and Nike combined this ultra-limited Air Jordan 1. The only addition to the classic colorway is the fragment-design bolt logo embossed on the heel.
13. Off-White™ x Nike Air Jordan 1 “Chicago”
Date of publication:9 september 2017Average resale price:$ 1.945Editor's Notes:Virgil Abloh's first collection with Nike, called "The Ten", was revolutionary in many ways. The crown jewel of that collection was the "Chicago" Air Jordan 1, which Abloh had deconstructed in his signature style. It immediately became the must-have sneaker of 2017.
12. Off-White™ x Nike Air Jordan 1 "Wit"
Date of publication:March 3, 2018Average resale price:$ 1.956Editor's Notes:This particular Abloh-designed Air Jordan 1 doesn't pay homage to an OG colorway, opting instead for an all-white look, with the exception of orange and blue detailing on the lateral Swoosh. While it wasn't an OG colorway, the fact that it was a European exclusive meant it became the most valuable of the three Off-White™ x Nike Air Jordan 1s.
11. Nike Air Jordan 1 EN 1985
Date of publication:1985Average resale price:$ 2.512Editor's Notes:The original Nike Air Jordan 1 from 1985 just misses the top ten and has to settle for 11th place. The reason why this particular pair of Air Jordans is so valuable should be obvious because of its age, status as the OG, and the unparalleled heritage it spawned nearly 30 years ago.
10. Dave White x Nike Air Jordan 1 "Wings for the Future Gold"
Date of publication:February 17, 2011Average resale price:$ 2.725Editor's Notes:In 2011, Jordan Brand asked British artist Dave White to create 23 pairs of Nike Air Jordan 1s to be auctioned off for charity. White chose to go with a stars and stripes theme, covering the toe box in gold, with blue, white and red detailing on the rest of the shoe.
9. Spike Lee x Nike Air Jordan 1 "Fort Greene"
Date of publication:June 16, 2017Average resale price:$ 2.727Editor's Notes:Spike Lee, like many other collaborators on this list, has a long-term relationship with Jordan Brand, even appearing in early advertisements alongside Michael Jordan. In 2017, the director got to design and release his own pair, featuring a navy blue and black colorway with Spike's "Mars Blackmon" on the heel. They were available exclusively at 40 Acres - 75 South Elliott Place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn for $300.
8. Gewoon Don x Nike Air Jordan 1 "BHM"
Date of publication:February 21, 2015Average resale price:$ 3.050Editor's Notes:Fresh off his Air Jordan 2 collaboration, Don C from Just Don got back to work with Nike on a Black History Month themed Nike Air Jordan 1. It featured an all-white all-over patterned upper, black leather collar and tongue lining, gold aglets and lace tips, as well as a detachable ankle strap. Only 39 pairs were produced and auctioned on eBay, making this a very rare find indeed.
7. Alleen x Nike Air Jordan 1 "Art Basel Black"
Date of publication:8 december 2018Average resale price:$ 3.619Editor's Notes:This Art Basel Air Jordan 1 arrived as the second colorway alongside the “Sail” University of Miami effort. It featured a black patent leather upper with dark green overlays. A green Swoosh was present on the lateral side, while the medial Swoosh was bright orange, giving the already eye-catching sneaker another reason to break necks. Again, these are very limited and only available in Miami during Art Basel.
6. Fragment x Nike Air Jordan 1 F&F
Date of publication:N/AAverage resale price:$ 4.668Editor's Notes:The Friends and Family version of Hiroshi Fujiwara's Fragment x Nike Air Jordan 1 has a very, very subtle difference from the ones that hit store shelves worldwide. Instead of a blue fragment logo embossed on the heel, these promotional pairs featured a black logo.
5. Shinedown x Nike Air Jordan 1 PE "Attention Attention"
Date of publication:N/AAverage resale price:$ 4.825Editor's Notes:This special release was given in 2018 to friends and family of Jacksonville-based rock band Shinedown. The lead guitarist, Zach Myers, is a well-known retro Jordan collector, which may be why this collaboration came about. The F&F sneaker features the same color blocking as the "Bred Toe", replacing the red with yellow. The bandAttention attentionalbum cover artwork is embossed on the lateral heel.
4. colette x Nike Air Jordan 1 F&F
Date of publication:N/AAverage resale price:$ 4.854Editor's Notes:When colette closed its doors after 20 years of business in late 2017, Jordan Brand created a friends & family Air Jordan 1 just for the retailer. The limited edition pair features colette's signature white and blue scheme, complete with the double-breasted logo. point and the years 1997 and 2017 to commemorate the store's opening and closing year.
3. Nike Air Jordan 1 "Legends of Summer Red"
Date of publication:N/AAverage resale price:$ 6.100Editor's Notes:When JAY-Z and Justin Timberlake toured together on their "Legends of Summer" tour in 2013, the duo wore a number of exclusive Air Jordan 1s, which became known as the "Legends of Summer" Nike Air Jordan 1s. There were three colorways, this all-red pair was one of them. They were only given to friends and family of the musicians, making them extremely rare.
2. Nike Air Jordan 1 "Legends of Summer Red Glitter"
Date of publication:N/AAverage resale price:$ 6.339Editor's Notes:Part of the same "Legends of Summer" tour, exclusive Air Jordan 1s made just for Justin Timberlake and JAY-Z. This pair is also all red, just like the pair above, except it has an all-over glitter effect, which makes it much more eye-catching.
1. Nike Air Jordan 1 "Legends of Summer Black"
Date of publication:N/AAverage resale price:$ 6.400Editor's Notes:The third and final "Legends of Summer" Nike Air Jordan 1, this pair takes that classic black/red color blocking that Jordan fans go crazy for and adds reflective silver detailing to the Swoosh and toe box for a very special, truly unique look. . Needless to say, this pair, like the other two colorways before it, is extremely limited.
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Nike Air Jordan 1 OG High Chicago | $32,000
The original Air Jordan 1 Chicago from 1985, designed by Peter Moore, is one of the most iconic and coveted grails of all time.
Nike Air Jordan 1 – WINGS for the Future
Currently valued between $4,000 and $10,000, these Air Jordan I x Dave White sneakers (which come in a gold, white, red and navy colourway) were limited to just 23 pairs.
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Michael Jordan's 'Last Dance' shoes just became the most expensive sneakers ever sold. Sotheby's got a record $2.2 million for Michael Jordan's 1998 NBA Finals Air Jordan 13 sneakers.What Jordan shoes sold for 1.47 million? ›
A pair of Jordan's Nike Air Ships worn during his rookie season in 1984 were auctioned off for $1.47 million in October 2021. They were the second-most expensive shoes of all-time and the most expensive game-worn shoes until the sale of the Jordan XIIIs.Which Jordan shoes sold the most? ›
The Air Jordan 13 trainers worn by Jordan in the 1998 NBA Finals have become the most valuable sneakers ever sold.Which Jordan 1 was banned? ›
While a pair of sneakers that Jordan wore were banned from play, it wasn't the Air Jordan 1. In fact, it was the Jordan 1 precursor — the Nike Air Ship — that was banned because of the color scheme "His Airness" wore.What is the most legendary Jordan? ›
The Air Jordan 11 is a legendary Tinker Hatfield-designed sneaker that stands out as both the favorite of Jordan himself and the sneaker designer. Originally released in 1995, the Air Jordan 11 shoes made NBA history during Michael Jordan's legendary 72-10 season with the Bulls.How many Jordan 1s exist? ›
Most Air Jordans are labelled with its edition number 1-35. There are 35 editions in total, numbered sequentially, with a new one coming out about once a year since the Air Jordan 1 debuted in 1985.What is an OG Jordan? ›
OG: OG is probably one of those sneaker terms you have heard before, it stands for “Original” – although, as aforementioned, it once stood for “Original Gangster.” The term OG may be used to refer to the earliest release of a silhouette, a classic colorway, or a faithful reissue.
Despite its mass-production and $160 USD MSRP, the sneaker still fetches an average of $622 USD on the after-market, a premium of 426%.Do Jordans get more expensive? ›
Nike's Jordan sneakers are getting more expensive in 2022
The brand announced that some of its retro models will soon get a small price hike. Jordan Brand revealed its Spring 2022 collection over the weekend, giving sneakerheads a better look at next year's releases.
Vintage Original Air Jordan 1 Colorways and Collectibility
The resale value for an original pair of Air Jordan 1s from 1985 can range anywhere from $3,500 to over $25,000, depending on size, condition and colorway.
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- Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans. ...
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- Stuart Weitzman Tanzanite heels.
Air Jordan I | Designer : Peter Moore | Released : 1985 | Original Price : $65.What Jordan shoes sold for 2.2 million? ›
A pair of Air Jordan 13 sneakers that basketball legend Michael Jordan wore during the 1998 NBA Finals sold at auction for $2.2 million. The sneakers from the historic season known as Jordan's "Last Dance" are now the most valuable sports footwear ever sold, according to auction house Sotheby's.How many Jordan 11 were sold? ›
Jordan 11 72-10 Million Pairs | Sole Collector.How much is Jordan Brand worth? ›
The Jordan Brand made the company $5.1 billion in 2022 alone, with Jordan's 5% cut worth $256.1 million.What Air Jordans sold for millions? ›
Yesterday, a signed pair of Air Jordan 13s worn by Air Jordan himself sold at a Sotheby's auction for a record-breaking $2.2 million. He wore the red-and-black J's in 1998 during one of his NBA finals runs. Twenty-five years later, they're still in pristine condition.Which country buys the most Jordans? ›
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When Michael Jordan made his NBA debut on October 26, 1984, the budding basketball legend wore a pair of white and red sneakers. According to Nike, they were the now famous Air Jordan 1, Jordan's first-ever signature shoe.Who owns the original Jordan 1? ›
|The silhouette of Michael Jordan served as inspiration to create the "Jumpman" logo.|
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|Introduced||November 17, 1984|
Back in 1984, after debuting his iconic Air Jordan 1 shoe, His Airness was fined by the league $5K every time he wore the black and red kicks. Why? Because their colors broke the league's uniform rules.What is the rarest Michael Jordan? ›
The most valuable Card of Michael Jordan is currently 1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems #23PMG Michael Jordan /100 BGS 8.5 by Metal Universe from 1997 with a worth of approx. $420000.0.What is Michael Jordan's favorite shoe? ›
The Air Jordan 11 is more than just a shoe; it is a symbol of excellence, elegance, and innovation. It is Michael Jordan's favorite shoe because it reflects his personality and achievements.What color was the first Jordan 1? ›
In 1984, most NBA regulation basketball sneakers were simply all black or all white. Occasionally, the sneakers were white with the accent color of the team. Moore pushed this idea by creating Jordan 1 in red, black, and white—the Chicago Bulls colors.How long do Jordans last? ›
How Long Do Jordans Last? Similar to Air Max sneakers, Air Jordans can last around 7-10 years in storage. Occasionally wearing them can increase this time period. Conversely, wearing them daily can accelerate their deterioration.Do Jordan 23 exist? ›
In 2008, the 23rd installment of the Air Jordan line released. Because of the significance of the number, this was obviously an important release for Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand. It was the last numbered Air Jordan to release until the XX8 in 2013. Learn more about the XXIII below.What does PS mean in Jordans? ›
Sneakers with 'PS' in the product name/description are made for Pre-Schoolers. These run from a UK 10/EU 27.5 to a UK 2.5/EU 35. Sneakers with 'GS' in the product name/description are made to for Grade-Schoolers.What does DS mean in Jordan 1? ›
So, what does DS mean in shoes? DS stands for "Deadstock" and refers to shoes that have never been used or worn but may be from a previous season or model. It's a popular term in the sneaker world and highly coveted by collectors and enthusiasts.
(PS) - Preschool. (TD) - Toddler. (I) -Infant.Should you tie Jordan 1s? ›
Some people choose to lace them up to the topmost eyelet and tie them tight for maximum security. While we don't necessarily recommend this maneuver, it can be pulled off sometimes. Please just dont cut off circulation to your feet.Why is Jordan 1 resell so expensive? ›
The Fragment's resale value more than doubles its competition. These shoes were both sold in limited releases, so why did Jordans become so much more expensive? It all has to do with the value of the Jordan brand and how it makes and markets its iconic sneakers.Why do Jordans crease so easily? ›
That's because when you wear them, you move in them. The natural movement of your foot bends your shoe, causing it to crease over time. If your shoe didn't move with your foot, you'd be pretty uncomfortable. The movement causes the material in the shoe to compress, which can cause an unsightly crease or wrinkle.Why do Jordans sell out so fast? ›
Not only does Nike intentionally underproduce the shoes to create scarcity and buzz, but automated accounts called “bots” scoop up pairs the instant they're released so that a handful of people can hoard pairs—and then resell them for hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than retail.Why are Jordans prices dropping? ›
Zoom out: Sneaker giants like Nike have long operated on a model of scarcity and hype in order to fan demand, but supply chain issues stemming from the pandemic upped the scarcity factor. (Plus, for a while there, no show tickets for enterprising resellers to flip.)How much did Jordan 1s sell for? ›
These are the shoes worn by Michael Jordan in a 1985 game with the Chicago Bulls. Because they were worn by the player, they were an object of desire for collectors. They were sold at auction at Sotheby's in 2020 and paid 560 thousand dollars.What did the original Jordans look like? ›
Air Jordan 1
And predating the Jumpman logo, the OG shoe featured the Wings logo - a basketball with wings stretching from both sides and "Air Jordan" printed above the ball. Nike filed the Wings logo as a trademark on May 7, 1985.
While the Stuart Weitzman has a number of ultra-luxe million-dollar shoes, the most expensive shoes from the American designer are the Rita Hayworth Heel coming in at $3 million.Who sells the most shoes? ›
The largest shoe brand in the US is Nike, with a revenue of $46.7 billion and over 79,000 employees.
In April 2023, a pair of sneakers once worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan in the 1998 NBA Finals sold for $2.2 million. This makes them the most expensive shoes ever purchased.What year did Jordan 1 become popular? ›
As Jordan soared on NBA courts, his first signature shoe took off. Nike released the shoe nationally in March 1985. It sold $130 million of them in the first year.Who owns Jordan Brand? ›
The Jordan brand is owned by Nike (owned by the Knight family), as, at the time, the company was building its strategy to work with athletes to launch shows that could inspire consumers.What year was Jordan 1 retro? ›
Designed by Peter Moore, the Jordan 1 originally released from 1985 to 1986. Quite a few colorways of the model were produced, as well as a few different variations. Following its initial run in the 80s, the Jordan 1 jumpstarted the retro era in 1994, following Jordan's retirement from basketball.Why Jordan 1 is expensive? ›
It takes more time and money to manufacture products with high-quality materials than it does with low-quality materials. Since Air Jordans use a lot of those materials, it becomes an expensive shoe. Nike needs to price the shoes high enough to cover the cost of making them.Why are Travis Scott Jordans so expensive? ›
Travis Scott's Air Jordans Are Expensive Due To Their Limited Quantity. Nike Air Jordans are known for their iconic style and popularity, but did you know that the brand deliberately creates scarcity to drive demand?How much are the rarest Jordans? ›
There's a new high mark for sneakerheads. A pair of Air Jordans worn by Michael Jordan in Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals sold Tuesday for $2.238 million, the most ever paid for a pair of shoes. That tops the previous record, which was also for a pair of Air Jordans, of $1.47 million in 2021.What year was original Jordan 1? ›
The first Air Jordan shoe was produced for basketball player Michael Jordan during his time with the Chicago Bulls in late 1984 and released to the public on April 1, 1985. The shoes were designed for Nike by Peter Moore, Tinker Hatfield, and Bruce Kilgore.Do Jordan 1s increase in value? ›
There is consistently high resale value for Nike SB Dunks, Nike Dunk collaborations, and Jordan 1s. Black and white Jordans, Red Jordans, Pink Jordans, many pairs sell well above their retail price because they are so coveted in the sneaker community.How much did the first Jordan 1 cost? ›
Created for the then-unknown rookie, the Air Jordan 1 was launched on 1 April, 1985 and went on sale for $64.99. Nike expected to sell 100,000 pairs in its first year.
An affordable sneakers index
You'll find, for example, the US has the most affordable Jordans, costing just 1.95% of the average monthly wage.
The Travis Jordan 4s also dropped in a purple colourway the following year. Limited to a Friends and Family release, only 1,000 pairs were made, making these extremely valuable.How much will Travis Scott Jordan 1 cost? ›
The Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low "Olive" colorway will be available in a range of sizes, including women's, pre-school, and toddler sizes. The sneakers will be priced at $150 and $60 for the first two sizes, respectively, while the toddler size will be available for $50 per pair.