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Here are seven of the most iconic Nike Air Jordans that the basketball legend himself wore over the years

The iconic Air Jordan line launched in 1984. The name "Air Jordan" was proposed by Michael Jordan's agent, David Falk. The brand name was a nod to Jordan's knack—dunking on air. This inspired Peter Moore to sketch the first-ever Air Jordan logo depicting a basketball with wings. Now, that logo has become a familiar sight for both sneakerheads and basketball enthusiasts. By 1984, Michael Jordan became the first basketball player to collaborate with a brand to create a new shoe line.

After all these years, the Air Jordans remain one of the most coveted sneakers worldwide. While some obsess over Air Jordans for their style, others admire them for their sentimental value. Some of these sneakers have been worn by the basketball legend himself in the past which makes it all the more special.

Here are the top seven iconic sneakers you'll love that Jordan himself donned in the past and have been re-released recently:

1. Jordan 1 Mid Heat Reactive Color Change

Most sneakerheads might easily dismiss Air Jordan Mids. There's a universal agreement among many shoe fans about the mids being less stylish; it's either you wear Jordan highs or lows. Others tend to look down on Mids because it often isn't worth much.

But Michael Jordan himself seems to believe otherwise when he pulled up on the basketball court wearing the Jordan 1 Mid Heat Reactive Color Change. To say the least, the internet went crazy as it fueled the flame between Mid-haters and Mid-lovers. Admittedly, Jordan made them look cool and that's all that matters!

2. Jordan 1 Retro Chicago

Jordan wore the Jordan 1 Retro Chicago in 1984 and 1985, which is considered one of the most memorable and iconic colourways the brand has ever designed. The 1985 Jordan Chicago sneakers went under the hammer and had a closing bid of US$560,000 (around PHP2,000,000).

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3. Jordan 6 Retro Carmine

The Jordan 6 Retro Carmine is the sixth signature silhouette that debuted around 1991. It recently made its comeback in the same silhouette and colourway that vintage sneakerheads once loved. It even has the classic Nike Air branding on the heel.

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4. Jordan 1 Retro High 85 Neutral Grey

Although Jordan never wore Neutral Grey on the court, he donned the pair on the sidelines and it still became a coveted colourway for many. Its subtle contrasting colours give it a neat appearance that can be worn with anything. Nike also recently re-released Neutral Grey. It's highly likely that the resell prices for these Jordans will skyrocket in the near future. It's a classic design that definitely belongs to your collection.

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5. Jordan 6 Retro Black Infrared

Jordan won his first championship title during the NBA finals (1990 to 1991 season) while wearing the legendary black Infrared. The design was inspired by the basketball player's German sportscar—made to evoke speed and elegance—which was modified and released again in 2019.

6. Jordan Nike Air Ships

People believe that when Nike reached an agreement with Jordan in 1984, the basketball player didn't have a signature shoe to wear on the court just yet. So he was given the Jordan Nike Air Ships which was designed by the same man who created the iconic Nike Air Force, Bruce Kilgore.

The Jordan Nike Air Ships he wore during his fifth NBA game—which he also signed—was then gifted to TJ Lewis, a former Nuggets player. Now, the pair was sold for US$1.4 million (PHP73.9 million) to Nick Fiorella during Sotheby's Icons of Excellence & Haute Luxury auction.

7. Jordan 11 Retro Space Jam

The Jordan 11 Retro Space Jam was originally released in 1996. Today, it still remains one of the most coveted Air Jordan sneakers. Data shows that for 15 years, many have constantly shown interest in copping a pair. You've probably seen Jordan wear the sneakers on the movie Space Jam in 1996.

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