Best Air Jordan Lows Ever

  • Air Jordan 6 Low Chrome

    10. Air Jordan VI Low “Black/Chrome”

    Billed as an “Original Retro” when it was re-released in August of 2015, the Jordan VI Low was just as fresh then as it was when it debuted in ’02. Featuring a large Jordan logo on the tongue and a chrome lace lock, this VI wasn’t beloved at first but over time the sneaker became accepted thanks to its chrome accents and versatility off the court.

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  • Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE Cobalt

    9. Air Jordan XI Low IE (Grey/Cobalt)

    Why the sneaker is called “I.E.” is still a mystery but the fact that this is easily one of the best looking and most underrated Jordans is as clear as day. Most will agree that the patent leather on the original XI is one of the key reasons why the sneaker blew up in the first place but the contrast found here with the elephant print is a nice touch.

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  • Air Jordan 12 Low Obsidian

    8. Air Jordan XII Low “Obsidian”

    The Jordan XII is one of those sneakers that looks good in any form and the low-top “Obsidian,” which dropped in 2004, is the perfect example. The “Obsidian” is one of the XII’s best-looklng colorways as the deep blue makes the white mudguard overlays pop. The low edition keeps all the integrity of the original and the consistency is appreciated by Jordan lovers.

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  • Air Jordan 17 Low

    7. Air Jordan XVII Low “White/Carolina Blue”

    The XVII is not only considered one of the best Jordan silhouettes outside of the first 14, but the low-top is also one that Jordan actually played in. While you’ll see a memorable All-Star edition later on this list, MJ also laced up PE editions of these Carolina Blue Lows while with Washington. Consider yourself lucky if you have this 2002 release in your collection.

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  • Air Jordan 2 Low

    6. Air Jordan II Low (White/Black/Red)

    Originally released in 1987 and worn on court by MJ, the sneaker retroed in 1994 and hasn’t been seen since in this particular low colorway. Stylistically, the Jordan II Low doesn’t stray far from the original Jordan II design–which makes it a winner. Featuring the same faux lizard skin and leather upper as the original Bruce Kilgore design, the Jordan II Low keeps the ahead-of-its time aesthetic in place.

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  • 5. Air Jordan XIV Low “Laney”

    One might argue no Jordan sneaker benefitted more from a low cut look than the XIV. The Laney edition is just a beautiful shoe with a perfect color scheme and detailing. While the raised tongue is a bit awkward, the yellow accent at the tip makes it work.

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  • Air Jordan 13 Low Chutney

    4. Air Jordan XIII Low “Chutney”

    Calling the XIII Low is misleading as the kick is cut more like a Mid. The less bulky design of the XIII is another Jordan sneaker that benefitted from a new cut. While the Navy/Black version may get more love, the Chutney was such a different look that it sticks out for all the right reasons.

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  • Air Jordan 11 Low IE

    3. Air Jordan XI IE Low “Black/Red”

    The IE edition of the Jordan XI was basically meant to take everything people loved about the Jordan XI and flip it on its head. Add in the traditional colors and know the history–that Jordan had worn them at times in the 1996 NBA Playoffs–and you have a winner.

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  • Air Jordan 17 Low Lightning

    2. Air Jordan XVII Low “Lightning”

    Worn by MJ during his second-to-last All-Star Game appearance in 2002, the XVII Low “Lightning” holds a special place in the Jordan hierarchy. Taking the court with a group of players who grew up idolizing him, Jordan was humanized when he got out on the break, went up for the dunk, and clanked the rock off the back of the rim. At least the shoes looked sick.

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  • Air Jordan 11 Low Concord

    1. Air Jordan XI Low “Concord”  

    One of the most gorgeous Jordan sneakers ever and one that returned with a bang in 2014 when it retailed for the first time. Selling approximately 350,000 pairs on release day, the Concord was one of the top releases of the year. Jordan himself rocked the sneaker during Chicago’s 1996 NBA championship victory parade.

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  • Air Jordan 6 Low Chrome
  • Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE Cobalt
  • Air Jordan 12 Low Obsidian
  • Air Jordan 17 Low
  • Air Jordan 2 Low
  • Air Jordan 13 Low Chutney
  • Air Jordan 11 Low IE
  • Air Jordan 17 Low Lightning
  • Air Jordan 11 Low Concord

When it comes to Air Jordan Lows, sneakerheads fall all across the spectrum. Some love them and cop as if they would any other Jordan release. Some are so loyal to mids or highs they refuse to wear lows. And others dismiss them altogether and consider lows nearly sacrilegious to the brand. Like all Jordans, pairs hit and pairs miss and low models are no exception. Regardless of what the popular opinion is, Jordan Lows are here to stay and, the fact is, there are more than a few models better looking than the original. That doesn’t stop with the Jordan II and the Jordan XI, either.

When it comes to the I, III, IV, and other indisputable classic sneakers, any Jordan low model can’t hold a candle stylistically. When you factor in the classic moments from back in the day when the man himself was actually wearing these shoes, you can see there’s no comparison. But, as the line progressed and more technology and bells and whistles were added, some low models became more attractive than their original counterparts. Such was the case with the XVII, XIX, some colorways of the XI, the XX9, and more. The point is, despite what some sneaker enthusiasts will tell you, there is a place for the lows in Jordan lore.

Lows don’t typically have the same prestigious history as the normal Jordan line but the legacy is being built and continues this Saturday with the release of the Air Jordan V Low “Alternate ’90” at Champs Sports. In the meantime, to get ready, check out the Best Air Jordan Lows Ever.

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