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Michael Jordan Turns 61: Unveiling 23 Legendary Air Jordans He Gifted the World

23 reasons to celebrate the life and legacy of Number 23.

Michael Jordan Turns 61: Unveiling 23 Legendary Air Jordans He Gifted the World
Michael Jordan Turns 61: Unveiling 23 Legendary Air Jordans He Gifted the World

“Air” Jordan. His Airness. Black Cat. These nicknames, bestowed upon him by fans across the globe, only hint at the man’s multifaceted legacy. One thing remains constant: his dominance on the hardwood. Widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan transcended the sport to become a global icon.

Jordan’s rise to prominence started during his college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he showcased his exceptional talent and led the Tar Heels to an NCAA championship in 1982. His unforgettable game-winning shot in the NCAA title game instantly etched his name in basketball lore.

Michael Jordan repping the University of North Carolina

In 1984, Michael Jordan entered the NBA draft and was selected third overall by the Chicago Bulls. From the outset, he demonstrated his unparalleled athleticism, breathtaking skills, and an unrivaled competitive spirit. Jordan’s impact on the game was immediate, earning him Rookie of the Year honors in his debut season.

Throughout his illustrious career, Jordan amassed numerous accolades, including six NBA championships, five regular-season MVP awards, and ten scoring titles. His unparalleled athleticism, unmatched work ethic, and ability to perform under pressure earned him the monicker “Air Jordan”.

MJ debuting the Chicago 1s

Beyond his on-court prowess, Jordan’s influence transcended basketball. His charisma and marketability propelled him into a global phenomenon, leading to lucrative endorsements and iconic partnerships, most notably with Nike, resulting in the creation of the Air Jordan brand.

Michael Jordan’s impact on basketball and popular culture is immeasurable. His legacy as a seminal athlete, cultural icon, and global ambassador for the game continues to inspire generations, solidifying his place as one of the most influential figures in sports history. 

MJ adding another championship to his accolades

As we celebrate Michael Jordan’s 61st birthday on 17 February, let’s take a look at 23 of the most coveted Air Jordan colorways from Number 23 (or 45):

1. Off-White × Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High “The Ten”

Price: US$5000
Style Code: AA3834-101
Release Date: 9 Nov 2017

A streetwear legend reimagined with the late Virgil Abloh’s signature touch, this sneaker pushes boundaries.

2. UNION × Nike Air Jordan 4 “Off Noir”

Price: US$537
Style Code: DC9533-001
Release Date: 30 Sep 2020

The UNION x Nike Air Jordan 4 “Off Noir” channels vintage vibes with black suede, hidden tongue tag, and filled-in wings for a stealthy yet premium twist on a classic.

3. Supreme × Nike Air Jordan 5 Retro “Desert Camo”

Price: US$398
Style Code: 824371-201
Release Date: 16 Oct 2015

Supreme elevates the iconic Air Jordan 5 silhouette with a sandy camo makeover, making it a coveted grail for the box logo fanatics.

4. Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro “Concord” (2018)

Price: US$392
Style Code: 378037-100
Release Date: 8 Dec 2018

Black, white, and icy. The 2018 Concord 11s are a timeless masterpiece.

5. J Balvin x Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro SP “Medellín Sunset”

Price: US$383
Style Code: FN0344-901
Release Date: 23 Sep 2023

Sunsets over Colombia land on the iconic Air Jordan 3, courtesy of J Balvin’s vibrant collab.

6. Nike Air Jordan 6 Retro “Slam Dunk”

Price: US$612
Style Code: 717302-600
Release Date: 1 Nov 2011

Slam into your sneaker game with the fiery red Air Jordan 6 Retro “Slam Dunk,” celebrating the iconic manga with 3M details for off-court flair.

7. Nike SB × Air Jordan 4 “Pine Green”

Price: US$337
Style Code: DR5415-103
Release Date: 27 Mar 2023

Skatepark to slam dunk, the Nike SB x Air Jordan 4 “Pine Green” merges iconic design with grippy performance for a limited edition that’s both stylish and shred-ready.

8. Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Shattered Backboard”

Price: US$1037
Style Code: 555088-005
Release Date: 27 Jun 2015

Starfish orange pops on this iconic high OG, commemorating MJ’s gravity-defying dunk.

9. OVO x Nike Air Jordan 8 Retro “White”

Price: US$363
Style Code: AA1239-135
Release Date: 16 Feb 2018

Clean white heat meets gold accents and OVO branding for a luxurious twist on the iconic silhouette.

10. A Ma Maniére × Nike WMNS Air Jordan 12 “White and Burgundy Crush”

Price: US$127
Style Code: DV6989-100
Release Date: 2 Mar 2023

Crisp white meets luxurious burgundy in the A Ma Maniére x Nike WMNS Air Jordan 12, a fresh take on a classic with elevated details.

11. UNION × Nike Air Jordan 2 “Rattan”

Price: US$104
Style Code: DN3802-200
Release Date: 16 Apr 2022

The UNION x Nike Air Jordan 2 “Rattan” is so fresh, it’ll make you want to trade your concrete jungle for a bamboo forest.

12. Nike Air Jordan 6 “UNC”

Price: US$154
Style Code: CT8529-410
Release Date: 5 Mar 2022

The Air Jordan 6 “UNC” brings Tar Heel pride to your feet, straight from MJ’s alma mater.

13. Trophy Room × Nike Air Jordan 7 “True Red and Obsidian”

Price: US$198
Style Code: DM1195-474
Release Date: 9 Nov 2022

Trophy Room’s Air Jordan 7 honors the “greatest game never seen” with MJ’s legacy and metallic gold glory.

14. Travis Scott × Nike WMNS Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Medium Olive”

Price: US$444
Style Code: DZ4137-106
Release Date: 3 Sep 2023

Off-road-inspired olive accents meet classic AJ1 Low in Travis Scott’s women’s-exclusive “Medium Olive” collab.

15. Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro “Red Cement”

Price: US$197
Style Code: DH6927-161
Release Date: 16 Sep 2023

The “Red Cement” reimagines the iconic “White Cement” with fiery red speckle for a bold statement.

16. Nike Air Jordan 1 High OG “University Blue”

Price: US$279
Style Code: 555088-134
Release Date: 6 Mar 2021

OG construction meets a clean University Blue makeover, making the Air Jordan 1 High OG a collector’s dream and a streetwear staple.

17. Travis Scott × Nike Air Jordan 6 “British Khaki”

Price: US$278
Style Code: DH0690-200
Release Date: 30 Apr 2021

The Travis Scott x Nike Air Jordan 6 “British Khaki” boasts earthy suede, glow-in-the-dark details, and utilitarian pockets for a unique take on the iconic silhouette.

18. Nike Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Year of the Dragon”

Price: US$135
Style Code: FN3727-100
Release Date: 31 Jan 2024

This limited-edition Air Jordan 1 Low celebrates the Year of the Dragon with premium materials and a Jumpman charm for good luck.

19. Travis Scott x fragment design x Nike Air Jordan 1 Low OG SP

Price: US$1059
Style Code: DM7866-140
Release Date: 13 Aug 2021

The Air Jordan 1 Low gets a triple threat makeover with Travis Scott, fragment design, and Nike’s iconic Swoosh.

20. Nike WMNS Air Jordan 1 Elevate High “Soft Pink”

Price: US$137
Style Code: DN3253-061
Release Date: 11 Apr 2023

Forget glass slippers, these “Soft Pink” Jordans are the real fairy tale footwear.

21. Travis Scott × Nike Air Jordan 1 Low OG SP “Reverse Mocha”

Price: US$1063
Style Code: DM7866-162
Release Date: 21 Jul 2022

Travis Scott flips the script on the iconic “Mocha” colorway with a buttery “Reverse Mocha” AJ1 Low, accented by hits of red and vintage details.

22. A Ma Maniére × Nike WMNS Air Jordan 5 Retro SP “Dawn”

Price: US$178
Style Code: FZ5758-004
Release Date: 6 Dec 2023

Classic elegance meets street-ready edge in the A Ma Maniére x Nike Air Jordan 5 “Dawn,” a women’s exclusive bathed in ethereal hues.

Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro "Bred Reimagined"

23. Nike Air Jordan 4 Retro “Bred Reimagined”

Price: US$253
Style Code: FV5029-006
Release Date: 17 Feb 2024

Celebrate 35 years with a twist. The “Bred Reimagined” brings OG vibes with premium materials.

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