Yesterday, Jordan Brand unveiled its full Holiday 2020 sneaker release lineup, which included four Air Jordan 1s, two Air Jordan 4s, and a host of other retro models.
The Jumpman’s holiday collections are notorious for being some of the biggest releases of the year. Last year’s Nike Air Jordan 11 “Bred” release was the Swoosh’s biggest ever. The Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam,” and “Concord,” set the benchmark in prior years. While there is no Air Jordan 11 in this year’s collection, there are several models and colorways that could break that record.
Below, we’ve ranked all 12 holiday releases from worst to best.
Nike’s “What the” hits the Air Jordan 5, which combines details from the “Tokyo,” “Raging Bull,” “Green Bean,” “Army Olive” and “Quai 54” colorways to name a few. While this may be a collector’s item, it’s also completely unwearable.
This Air Jordan 4 is dressed in a combination of twill and canvas to create a patchwork-like pattern across the entire upper, featuring prints and textures inspired by Japanese design. This pair will be released outside of North America.
For this colorway, Nike has taken inspiration from a friends and family pair of Air Jordan 1s in the ’80s, whose color scheme came to life as a AJ1 Mid in 2003. This year the black and gold make up arrives constructed completely of patent leather.
Nike tastefully combines black and deep hyper royal blue for a “Royal” Nike Air Jordan 13.
An all-black color scheme with hits of concord purple arrives in the AJ12. This pair is for those that are looking for a stealthy, non-OG colorway.
This “Raptors”-inspired Air Jordan 3 features hits of purple and orange/red and will be released outside of North America.
The OG colors from the “Bred” (or “Flu Game”) Nike Air Jordan 12 are flipped to create what many in the community are calling the “Reverse Flu Games.” Expect these to fly off the shelves.
Officially dubbed the “Lucky Green” Air Jordan 1, this colorway will look familiar to most Nike-heads, but more so those with an affinity for SB Dunks. The iconic Dunk Low colorway has been applied to the Air Jordan 1 Hi, and the official story is that it’s inspired by “MJ’s iconic 63-point playoff game in Boston in 1986.” This is a women’s-exclusive colorway.
This Air Jordan 8 is a women’s exclusive and it’s one of the better AJ8s to be released in a while, featuring rich burgundy detailing throughout.
This colorway has Travis Scott written all over it. The “Mocha” Air Jordan 1 has been rumored for a while and has finally been officially announced. Anyone who missed out on Scott’s highly limited, reverse-Swoosh pair, will be looking to get one of these.
The Nike Air Jordan 4 returns in OG form, combining an original colorway with original Nike Air branding on the heel. What more can a Jordan-head want?
After Nike brought back the “Metallic Silver” Air Jordan 1 CO.JP, the brand is now bringing back thee “Midnight Navy” colorway, which was also initially released in 2001 and popular with skateboarders back in the day. A low-top Nike SB version dropped last year, whereas this high-top release has been rumored for quite some time.
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