The Best Air Jordan 7 Colorways Ever

  • Air Jordan 7 Citrus
    10. "Citrus"

    I always wanted these and I’m not entirely sure why. On first glance, they don’t look that great, especially the colored stitching. Jordans are always elegant and sleek. These can look like they’re trying too hard. But the more I see them, and this was definitely true when they first released back in the summer of 2006, the more I want them.

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  • Air Jordan 7 French Blue
    9. "French Blue"

    A recent 2015 release, the “French Blue” colorway is super fresh. With french blue, university blue, and flint grey accents splashed over a sparkling white upper, it’s a silhouette that works because it’s so clean. Jordan never wore these. They don’t have a particularly deep history. But they look extra crispy AND they were a part of 2002’s first run of Air Jordan VII retro releases.

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  • Air Jordan 7 Golden Moment
    8. "Golden Moment"

    As part of 2012’s “Golden Moments” package, which also included a white and gold Air Jordan VI, this particular colorway was inspired by the two silhouettes from the early 1990s that featured special edition Olympic colorways. The pack released on the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team’s epic Olympic romp and I wasn’t the only one who fell in love at first sight over these joints. The Jordan VI from the pack? Eh. They are okay. But these are pure flames.

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  • Air Jordan 7 Cardinal
    7. "Cardinal"

    This sneaker has a soft place in my heart because I missed out on it in 2006. And that wasn’t because it sold out…quite the contrary. It actually released at the same time as the memorable “Flint” VII colorway, and I went with that one instead. Years later I still regret it. The “Cardinal” is impressive because it perfectly pulls off the contrasting white leather upper with the black midsole. It also happens to be the shoe MJ wore when he dropped 64 on Shaquille O’Neal and the Orlando Magic.

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  • Air Jordan 7 Chambray
    6. "Chambray"

    One of my personal favorites considering, you can probably guess this, that I was lucky enough to snag them when they released back in 2006. Now whenever I wear them, they break necks constantly simply because they are pretty rare. The execution on these was also perfect, featuring hints of chambray on the midsole and branding that was countered by a totally black upper and light graphite on both the midsole and tongue. Just a beautiful silhouette.

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  • Air Jordan 7 Flint
    5. "Flint"

    As mentioned previously, I copped this pair instead of the Cardinals back in the day when they first released in April of 2006. They might not have a big legacy behind them, considering Jordan never played in them, but this is a sneaker that just looks good when you wear them. I’m guaranteeing anyone who has ever seen them in public is agreeing with me. The flint grey that the shoe gets its name from, as well as the hints of varsity purple, give this shoe its own unique feel. The color blocking is perfection and while I am disappointed I never grabbed the Cardinals, I can say these were still a good choice. (I should’ve just got both of them.)

    All you need to know about this shoe’s power is this: I was with a friend when I bought them. He had virtually no money in his bank account and didn’t plan on buying anything. The second he saw them, though–I wore them out of the store–he couldn’t resist. He ran back inside and copped.

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  • Air Jordan 7 Raptors
    4. "Raptors"

    Mike’s chosen playoff sneaker in 1992, the “Raptors” colorway got its eventually nickname from the purple highlights used on the midsole. Overall, it was a rather plain sneaker and that in turn helped it succeed. Jordan also wore these during one of his greatest moments ever: the “Shrug” during Game 1 of the Finals, when he dropped 35 points on Portland in the first half.

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  • Air Jordan 7 Olympics
    3. "Olympic"

    This particular colorway is a favorite among sneakerheads for July 4th parties. I’m sure you can see why. Jordan rocked these throughout the Dream Team’s assault on the world during the 1992 Summer Olympics, and it wasn’t just because they released with a “9” on the heel rather than “23” that they stood out.¬†They also featured some gold accenting, a direct nod to Team USA’s destiny that year.

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  • Air Jordan 7 Bordeaux
    2. "Bordeaux"

    One of the most iconic colorways ever made for Michael Jordan, and also the one dropping at Champs Sports on Saturday, the “Bordeaux” first arrived in a memorable commercial that ran during the Super Bowl with MJ and Bugs Bunny. The two studs showed up at a pickup run and proceeded to wax the floor with all competition. Jordan rocked these classics while “Hare” Jordan went with something a little more…colorful…

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  • Air Jordan 7
    1. "Hare"

    The “Hare” earned its nickname from Bugs Bunny and its style points through a perfect makeup of the off-white coloring on the upper, hints of red throughout, and the wild and colorway tribal patterned tongue. This shoe laid the foundation for a partnership between MJ and Bugs that would last for a long, long time. In a way, it indirectly helped inspire Space Jam. The “Hare” released again earlier this year, continuing its reign as one of the greatest Air Jordan VII colorways ever created.

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  • Air Jordan 7 Citrus
  • Air Jordan 7 French Blue
  • Air Jordan 7 Golden Moment
  • Air Jordan 7 Cardinal
  • Air Jordan 7 Chambray
  • Air Jordan 7 Flint
  • Air Jordan 7 Raptors
  • Air Jordan 7 Olympics
  • Air Jordan 7 Bordeaux
  • Air Jordan 7 "Hare"

From the original official music video for Michael Jackson‘s hit song “Jam” to a second straight NBA championship, Michael Jordan did some impressive and memorable things in the Air Jordan VII.

During 1991-92, Chicago won 67 games, dominating the NBA during the regular season and then staving up a couple of desperate challenges from teams like the Knicks and Blazers en route to a second consecutive title. For Jordan, it meant reaffirming his status as the league’s best player, dominating Clyde Drexler in the NBA Finals while wearing the “Raptors” Jordan VII. As for the shoe, legendary designer Tinker Hatfield drew inspiration from the sharp geometric figures and bold colors of Afropop, which he discovered, ironically, while shopping in Portland. Five original colorways of the VII were first released to the public before being retroed for the first time a decade later.

The VII is a silhouette that looks great no matter the situation, which is why we’re predicting that this weekend’s release of the iconic “Bordeaux” Air Jordan VII at Champs Sports is going to be over the top. If you’re planning on copping, know that you better be getting there early, and that you better have a game plan. This is a sneaker with a long history of breaking necks and we expect 2015 to be no different.

From the originals to the Olympics to the Hares, we’ve seen some incredible Air Jordan 7 colorways over the years. These are the 10 Best Air Jordan 7 Colorways Ever, though. You ready for Saturday, yet? This should do nothing but wet your appetite.

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