Air Jordans are iconic, stylish and highly coveted. They’re also timeless. Going back to its public launch in 1985 through present day, their demand has certainly never waned.
Nike made its original Air Jordan sneakers exclusively for six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan when he began playing for the Chicago Bulls. The shooting guard quickly became a fan favorite — even in opposing team’s arenas — and The New York Times dubbed him “the phenomenal rookie of the Bulls.” Fans voted him into the All-Star game as a starter during his rookie season, a remarkable feat.
In late 1984, the first pair of Jordans was released to Jordan and in 1985, it became available to the public. Jordans quickly catapulted as a status symbol for a variety of reasons: the basketball player’s tremendous talent and impact he immediately made on the sport, his style, its simple design and high quality materials like full-grain calfskin and premium leather uppers.
This luxury-brand designer sneaker tends to appreciate in value over time. Plus, the limited release makes them more rare, therefore creating more demand. Consider this: a Sotheby’s auction fetched $560,000 for a pair of autographed first generation Jordans the pro baller first wore!
Nearly 40 years since that first pair was introduced, interest has continued to soar much like its iconic namesake when he became airborne for a classic slam dunk. According to WWD, last year five million people registered for a chance to purchase limited edition Air Jordan 1 OG Dior sneakers. The kicker? Only 8,000 pairs were available for purchase with a price of $2,000 and $2,200.
OK, so now that we know Jordans are a highly coveted status symbol that are also comfortable, the better news is that they are actually accessible. Affordable options exist and when you get savvy about savings like tapping into tax-free weekends in certain states on footwear less than $100 (state regulations differ), buying a pair of Jordans won’t necessarily break the bank. (And when you get pretty excited over a good buyand can’t wait to wear your new purchase, you may also want to leverage same day deliveries.)
There are affordable options to buy a pair of these high-end kicks whether you’re on the court or off, or planning to hold onto them for years to come.
Best Stores to Buy Air Jordans
- City Jeans
- Finish Line
- Foot Locker
- Hibbett Sports
- JD Sports
- Jimmy Jazz
- Kicks Crew
- Nike.com (sale section)
- Shiekh Shoes
- Stadium Goods
- Vestaire Collective
Are Air Jordans a Good Investment?
Jordans have continued to increase in value so, yes, they’re a good investment. (This reminds us of luxury handbags, which are often durable and stylish, but transcend the trends so they won’t sit in the back of your closet next season.)
Last year Jesse Einhorn, senior economist at StockX, told Town & Country, “When it comes to long-term sneaker prices, Jordans tend to appreciate over time. More than 80% of the Jordans in our marketplace have increased in value over the last year, a dozen models have appreciated more than $500, more than a hundred have at least doubled in resale value and the average top-selling Jordan has seen it’s resale price rise 27%.”
Best Cheap Air Jordans You Can Buy Now
Air Jordan 11 CMFT Low
The Air Jordan 11 CFMT low-top men’s pair has a patent leather toe with perforations for breathability. Cheap Real Jordan Webbing lace loops mean you can lace up quickly and a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot provides lightweight cushioning. Available in black/gym red/white.
Promising Review: “I love these shoes! They feel great and I got a few compliments when I wore them. The patent leather did it for me and live that it looks much like the Jordan 11.” — R.A.
$86.97 at Nike.com
Air Jordan 1 Centre Court
This pair of Air Jordan 1 Centre Court for women is made of full-grain leather and suede in the upper. Real Cheap Jordans There’s a double layer of cushioning under the heel and an exploded Wings logo stitched along the back of the kicks. Available in white and military blue, university red or university gold.
Promising Review: “So comfortable. Really nicely made. Very very comfortable. Plan to wear these. Probably get another pair to save.” — Chetan R.
$107.97 at Nike.com
Air Jordan 1 Low Reverse Bred Size
The Air Jordan 1 Low Reverse comes in a variety of colors, but we’re partial to the original Air Jordan colors of red and black. Buy Cheap Real Jordan Shoes This style flips the look by having black leather on the perforated toe and mid-panel and red leather overlay on the forefoot, eyelets, collar and heel.
Promising Review: “We’ve all seen classic cars that we’ll love forever. This is how I feel about this classic basketball shoe!” — Gregory L.
$159 – $225 at Amazon.com
Jordan Air Jordan 1 Mid DD1649 001 All-Star 2021
This newly released Air Jordan 1 Mid is a special edition of Michael Jordan’s first Air Jordans that’s dedicated to the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. Jordans For Cheap It has a two-tone white and black motif with a glossy black synthetic leather material across the upper and white contrasting panels.
Promising Review: “Awesome fantastic shoes as well as the black really shines with that nice professional look if you wear it with a suit or which is a white or black shirt.” — William Wright
$225 at Amazon.com
Nike Air Jordan Max 200 Men’s Trainers Cd6105 Sneakers Shoes
This pair of white/black/fuchsia/cyber Air Jordans has a Max 200 Air unit by adding more Air underfoot, essentially more cushioning and comfort.
Promising Review: “I like the shoes and transaction was smooth.” — ChasenBass
$135 – $177.35 at Amazon.com
Air Jordan Women 1 Retro Hi Zip Prem At0575-600
This high-top Air Jordan Women 1 Retro in bordeaux/black/phantom is essentially a plush shade of maroon. Instead of laces, there’s a zipper and it sports a white sole.
Promising Review: “Beautiful. I love it.” — Andream
$149 – $150 at Amazon.com