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Why Does Everyone Hate Team Jordans? The 10 Best Team Jordan Shoes

Team Jordan shoes appeared back in the mid-90s. Jordan Brand was preparing to separate from Nike. MJ’s brand would remain under Nike’s umbrella, but it would become its own entity. This meant creating a fully-fledged product line. As part of this expansion, the idea of launching “team shoes” came up.

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Air Jordan 3 Cool Grey 2021

Air Jordan 3 Cool Grey 2021

The Air Jordan 3 Cool Grey 2021 is a retro of a well-liked Jordan 3 colorway and the fourth Jordan overall to feature the Cool Grey color scheme. Though the Jordan 3 Cool Grey is not an OG colorway, originally released in 2007, it’s well-respected by most sneaker collectors.

Chris Cops a Holy Grail

Chris Cops a Holy Grail!

In this video, Chris cops a holy grail, and then geeks out about everything Team Jordan, talks about why they’re awesome, and compares them to modern day retros. Click play above to watch the entire video, learn some history, and let the nostalgia wash over you.

Air Jordan 6 Carmine 2021

Air Jordan 6 Carmine 2021

The Air Jordan 6 Carmine 2021 is rereleasing for the first time since Jordan Brand dropped them in 2014, and the second time as a standalone pair since the original 1991 debut. This time, the shoe returns with the coveted “Nike Air” on the back. The 2014 version featured the “Jumpman Air” logo. Watch our full review of the 2014

Air Jordan 9 University Gold

Air Jordan 9 University Gold

The Air Jordan 9 University Gold, a shoe that reminds us of the 2010 Air Jordan 9 Citrus, released recently, and like all Jordans these days, promptly sold out. Luckily, Chris checked in with his local sneaker boutique on a weekday (giving away our secrets here) and they’d received a late shipment of these bad boys.

AJ 2 More Important Than You Think

The AJ 2 is WAY MORE Important Than You Think

Our own Chris Chase recently appeared on the newly created SLAM Kicks YouTube channel to discuss the oft-overlooked Air Jordan 2 (AJ 2) with host Max Resetar. And he doesn’t just appear for his amazing Jordan expertise, he discusses some interesting rumors about the pending return of the AJ 2 as well.

Air Jordan 5 Anthracite

Air Jordan 5 Anthracite

The Air Jordan 5 Anthracite looks a little plain at first look, but upon further inspection, they’re actually a pretty nice AJ 5. Releasing the same day as the Air Jordan 12 Low Super Bowl, these are the retro Jordans we’d recommend if you’re choosing one that day.

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Air Jordan 4 Starfish

Air Jordan 4 Starfish

The Air Jordan 4 Starfish, sporting Starfish orange from the Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard series, is actually inspired by space exploration. Yeah, we don’t understand it either. Shrugs shoulders.

Jordan One Take 2

Jordan One Take 2

The Jordan One Take 2, the follow up to last year’s Jordan Westbrook One Take, is a more budget friendly Russell Westbrook signature model. At $30 less than Westbrook’s actual signature shoe, the Jordan Why Not Zer0.4, the One Take 2 is worth considering as an on court option. Even more so when you hear the tech specs of shoe,

Air Jordan 13 Starfish

Air Jordan 13 Starfish

The Air Jordan 13 Starfish uses Chicago-style color blocking to create a Shattered Backboard Jordan 13 that could also be a Phoenix Suns-era QRich PE or a Little Nemo collaboration. Obviously, Michael Jordan never wore this colorway, but if you’re a big fan of orange, these may be for you. Click play above to get Chris’ comprehensive opinions and a

Best team jordans of all time

Why Does Everyone Hate Team Jordans? The 10 Best Team Jordan Shoes

Team Jordan shoes appeared back in the mid-90s. Jordan Brand was preparing to separate from Nike. MJ’s brand would remain under Nike’s umbrella, but it would become its own entity. This meant creating a fully-fledged product line. As part of this expansion, the idea of launching “team shoes” came up. Jordan Brand intended to offer more generally accessible, top-notch performance

Jordan Why Not Zer0.4

Jordan Why Not Zer0.4

The Jordan Why Not Zer0.4 is Russell Westbrook’s fourth signature shoe and continues his wild shoe style choices with the initial Upringing colorway. After not liking the Why Not Zer0.3 (specifically the traction), Chris dives into the fourth Westbrook model and finds some details that have him feeling optimistic about its potential on court performance.

Air Jordan 9 University Blue

Air Jordan 9 University Blue

The Air Jordan 9 University Blue is a new colorway featuring OG style colorblocking that invokes all the nostalgia from rewatching Space Jam again and again on the family VCR. Releasing on December 5, 2020, the Jordan 9 University Blue also features glitter embedded into the black rand that snakes down the heel and along both sides of the shoe.

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Jordan Brand History

 

It’s crazy to think that the Jordan Brand almost didn’t happen. Can you imagine Michel Jordan rocking Adidas? If had been up to MJ at the time, that’s what would have happened.

When the GOAT was entering the league and fielding sponsorship offers, Nike was pretty low on his list. At the time, Nike was a struggling running shoe brand on the mend, concentrated on reinventing itself as a company for sports superstars. 

Jordan really wanted to sign with Adidas, but the German sneaker brand wasn’t able to put together an offer as the company was undergoing a leadership shift at the time. 

Converse also tried to bring MJ on board. Mike had rocked Converse in college playing for UNC (University of North Carolina) and was already familiar with the brand and what it brought to the table. But Converse already had several NBA superstars signed and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were the faces of the brand. Converse made an offer, but apparently Michel wasn’t impressed and felt he would be just another basketball player on their already stellar roster of sponsored athletes. 

Still, Michel wasn’t sure about signing with Nike. Even after Nike offered MJ $500,000 a year for five years, Jordan took the offer to Adidas and to see if the brand could get “anywhere close” to the offer. But Adidas turned him down. Hindsight is 20/20, but it’s still crazy to think Adidas passed on Mike.   

Nike became Jordan’s best option by default and it ended up being a match made in heaven. Nike wanted to build an entire “brand inside the brand” around Jordan and his superhuman ability to dunk.

The Air Jordan I was released in April of 1985 and they were an instant hit. By May, Nike had sold $70 million worth of the shoes. INSANE. By the end of the year, Air Jordan had made Nike more than $100 million. Phil Knight, Nike’s co-founder, summed up the success of the Air Jordan 1’s as “the perfect combination of quality product, marketing, and athlete endorsement.”