After more than three decades as one of the world’s most popular sneakers, Air Jordans continue to drop in new colorways and it doesn’t look like Jordan Brand will be running out of ideas anytime soon. Among the multitude of options, however, remain certain OG Air Jordan colorways that lay claim to icon status — classics like the “Chicago,” “Bred,” and more colorways that reference the twists and turns of Michael Jordan’s illustrious career.
Coming in color palettes to match pretty much every wardrobe, Air Jordan sneakers afford many styling options. And to provide you with some summer outfit inspo, we’ve picked out five iconic OG Air Jordan colorways from the vast range available at sneaker and streetwear platform Stadium Goods and some grail-worthy garments we’d wear them with.
One of Air Jordan’s most recognizable forms, the “Chicago” is an OG colorway that first dropped back in 1985. And the Jordan 1 silhouette is the sneaker that started it all in 1984. It continues to be as coveted today, with ESPN and Netflix’s recent MJ documentary The Last Dance causing demand to skyrocket. When wearing the AJ1 “Chicago,” your feet will do the talking, so it’s best to keep things subdued elsewhere. We’ve opted for the minimal, olive green F-Light jacket from Palace’s SS18 collection to match this icon up with.
Originally debuted during the All Star game in 1988, the Jordan 3 Black Cement was destined to become a lasting classic. The unfathomable hype behind Jordan, combined with the creativity of Nike’s star designer Tinker Hatfield, made the silhouette one of the all-time best-sellers. Not only was the Jordan 3 the first to feature the elephant-print upper, but it was also the first basketball shoe featuring a visible Air Unit (as introduced on the Air Max 1 in March 1987). Go with an MJ-at-practice vibe by wearing the AJ3 with a simple grey hoodie.
In 1989, the year after Jordan Brand’s success went through the roof with the Jordan 3, MJ and Tinker joined forces once more on the Jordan 4 “Bred.” Serving as an homage to the iconic “Bulls” colorway and bearing obvious similarities to its AJ3 predecessor, the Jordan 4 “Bred” is proof that sequels are not always bad. In fact, it became one of the most iconic shoes MJ would wear throughout his career. Reference those subtle red details on the AJ4 “Bred” up top with this bold but simple cotton tee from Supreme’s SS19 range.
Another sneaker whose rise runs similar to that of Michael Jordan’s — the Air Jordan 6. Not only did it become a classic on the streetwear scene, but it also debuted during the season in which MJ would win his first championship. On the design end of things, Tinker Hatfield once again worked his magic here, channeling elements from subsidiary Nike lines and silhouettes. Aside from its subtle red details, the “Infrared” Jordan is pretty murdered-out. Follow that aesthetic with this coach jacket, which was part of the merch range that followed Kid Cudi’s and Kanye West’s Kids See Ghosts album.
A few years, and a baseball career later, Jordan was back dominating the NBA by 1995. Not only did he win his fourth championship that season, but he also won the style on-court with the slapping Jordan 11. Its crisp white upper and patent leather mudguard give the kicks a sumptuous look, that made it a perfect staple whether your balling, strolling to flex, or even getting married. The “Concord” brings an all-monochrome aesthetic, so it works well to pair it with something a little wilder. To another king of the sneaker game, albeit newer, this Travis Scott tie-dye merch hoodie is perfect for adding some loud contrast on summer nights.
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