From the ground up

Now that we’ve recapped the best adidas and Nike releases of the year so far, it’s time to turn our attention to Jordan Brand to acknowledge the best Jumpman releases of 2017.

Carrying over from last year, which saw a string of strong 12 and 1 silhouettes, Jordan is certainly keeping up the momentum this year, bringing in a number of collaborations and retro releases that have been flying off shelves. Big moments so far have included the KAWS x Jordan IV and the return of the “Royal” Jordan 1, but we’re sure there is more on the way before the end of the year.

Without further ado, scroll down to see our full list of the best Air Jordan releases of 2017, and head to the comments if we missed one of your favorites.

OVO x Air Jordan XII


Released during the 2017 NBA All-Star festivities in New Orleans, this latest Jordan execution from Drake’s OVO camp came in a black color scheme with imitation shark skin overlays. As with previous limited edition Jordan releases from Drake, the shoe also featured October’s Very Own branding on the insole and the translucent outsole.

KAWS x Air Jordan IV

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It’s been 10 years since graffiti sprayer turned fine artist KAWS aka Brian Donnelly worked with Nike, but he made his triumphant return to Beaverton early this year. It’s not made for the court, but this take on the IV featured premium grey suede throughout, right down to the midsole. The sneaker was rounded out by KAWS’ signature “X” markings on the heel.

Air Jordan IV “Motorsports”


In 2006, this version of the Jordan IV was seeded only to members of Michael Jordan’s Motorsports racing team. The original version featured a Mars Blackmon logo on the heel, and never actually released to the public, making them one of the most fabled Jordan shoes. In 2017, the shoe saw its first official release ever.

Air Jordan IV “Royalty”


Luxurious but tasteful, the classic Jordan IV dropped in a luxury combination of black and gold, featuring a premium suede upper with metallic hits of metallic gold on the Air Jordan IV’s cage and tongue. A far cry from classic retro Jordan colorways, the upscale mixture still works nicely, and remains one of the best releases of the year.

Nike Air Jordan IV “Do The Right Thing”

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Nike and Jordan Brand revisited Spike Lee’s famous film Do The Right Thing in May, dropping a hyper limited take on the Air Jordan IV with toe scuff detailing to suit the pair worn by the character Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito) in the 1989 film. The shoe was made availably to friends and family via a Jordan pop-up in Brooklyn, and will likely not see a wider release.

Air Jordan 1 “Royal”


Without a doubt out of the most respected colorways of the Air Jordan 1, the “Royal” edition returned in March, and was quickly snapped up by Jumpman fans. The remastered version features premium leather for the upper, which promises to last and age nicely until the next time this colorway sees a retro release. A subsequent satin edition also released in highly limited numbers, adding clout to the general release version too.

atmos x Air Jordan III “Elephant”

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Perhaps not the most wearable Jordan on this list, but certainly one of the most important, the Jordan III was treated to an “Elephant” remix courtesy of Nike and atmos for Air Max Day 2017. The shoe was released in a pack with the iconic atmos x Air Max 1 “Elephant,” making it an instant collectible.

OVO x Jordan Trunner LX

After collaborating on the Jordan XII and Jordan X, Drake’s OVO camp turned their attention to a lesser known silhouette. Based around details found on the Air Jordan XV, the Trunner LX is a running shoe that doesn’t get the same shine as other flagship Jumpman silhouettes. Imagined in a black and white color scheme, the Trunner also featured OVO owl branding on the heel, in place the standard Jumpman logo.

Quai 54 x Air Jordan 1 Retro High “Friends & Family”


This asymmetrical Air Jordan 1 was created for the annual Quai 54 World Streetball Championship in Paris, and features a split color-blocking theme of black, red and blue as a nod to the French capital. The model is comprised of premium suede and leather for a truly luxe build.

Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Jordan 1

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Before being teased for around eight months on social media, Virgil Abloh’s take on the Air Jordan 1 was confirmed by Nike in August, as part of “The Ten” collection. From the group, the Jordan 1 is by far the most compelling sneaker. Imagined in an original Chicago colorway with signature OFF-WHITE quotation branding, the design is not only the most covetable of the group, but also the most polarising.

Nike Air Jordan 1 Flyknit

In September, Nike re-created the iconic Air Jordan 1 in its industry-changing Flyknit material, presented in a Bred colorway. The merging of one of Nike’s most famed sneaker silhouettes with the proprietary knitted technology was certainly a landmark moment for the Beaverton-based brand. To tie a bow on the theme, Nike even added an inner graphic reading “19852017,” to honor the original Air Jordan 1 release year and launch of its Flyknit counterpart respectively.

While these sneakers will certainly be sold out at retail, be sure to check out after-market shops like Stadium Goods, StockX and Grailed to find the pair you’re after. So those are the best Jordans of 2017 so far. We’ll update this page with more details, so be sure to check back throughout the year.

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