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New Images: Nike Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning”

Returning 22 years after it first emerged in 2002.


[Update 17 May 2024] Official images of the Nike Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” have arrived, ahead of its 30 May release date. Check them out in the gallery above!

Find the pair on Nike SNKRS come D-Day with an RRP of US$300.

[Update 24 Apr 2024] Jordan athletic Quentin Richardson has shared additional shots of the Nike Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning”. Check them out in the gallery above as we anticipate the 30 May release.

[Update 7 Mar 2024] As the release of the Nike Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” inches closer, we’re treated to a wave of new images showcasing the shoe’s colorway. While official product images haven’t dropped yet, stay tuned to SNKRDUNK Magazine for the latest updates!

[Update 19 Oct 2023] The Nike Air Jordan 17 is far from arriving soon but it is a good consolation to know there’s an end to the wait. Tagged with an RRP of US$300, the pair will hit shelves on 30 May 2024. Official images should surface in the coming months so stay tuned!

[Update 8 Aug 2023] And so it seems the release of the Nike Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” will be pushed back for a few months. It’s now scheduled for summer 2024, coinciding with the release of other Jordan retros.

In addition, the pair will now bear a staggering RRP of US$300, US$50 more than was previously reported. Considering the hike, is the pair still worth its price? If it’s any consolation, here’s a look at His Airness himself with the exact shoes on.

[Update 13 Jun 2023] The Nike Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning” finally has a firm release date. They’ve been scheduled for release on 10 February 2024 with an RRP of US$250. It’s apt that they’ll be returning sometime during next year’s NBA All-Star Weekend since the shoe’s alternate name is, “All Star”, for it being the shoe Michael Jordan wore in his last All-Star game in 2002.

Should anything change between now and then, you can expect an update here at this page. If not, look for it on SNKRS next year!


The Nike Air Jordan 17 Low first emerged in 2002, but has since been relegated to near oblivion within the sneaker community. Its redemption arc however, is set to begin with the rumor mill purporting that the silhouette will return in 2024, 22 years later.

Not much is known about its release cycle. Only as much as Brandon Starr, better known online as @zsneakerheadz has teased on Instagram and the Full Size Run show. Styles from the past, such as the hallmark “UNC” colorway may make a return on D-Day. As what Nike’s done with the Air Adjust Force and AMBUSH, a collaboration may be their opening gambit in reintroducing the shoes.

The AJ 17 was the most expensive pair of Air Jordans during its initial release in February 2002. Although a greater price tag can be justified by the shoe’s forward-thinking design and technology, but not so with the added aluminium suitcase and CD-ROM, two items that inspired the shoe.

Wilson Smith III’s brainchild was worn by Jordan himself the entire first season he spent with the Washington Wizards. That era of His Airness’ career playing for the Wizards weren’t particularly noteworthy, they are intrinsically part of his legacy regardless. Perhaps the pair was ahead of its time. With the ever-evolving palette of the market, maybe the landscape is now ripe for the titular pair to walk on again. Stay tuned!

Elsewhere under the Swoosh umbrella, check out the Nike Cosmic Unity 3 “Summit White”, the latest iteration of Nike’s green initiative.