I was finishing high school when the first Jordan Dub Zero released. I’ll never forget it, either. That whole year saw a number of different Dub Zero colorways and while some wore traditional white, red, and black colors — while others went as far as orange — there was a general consensus regarding the shoes: Traditional sneakerheads didn’t like them.
Ten years later and it’s hard to find a shoe that’s turned the corner so effectively and so completely. In present time, the Dub Zero has come to be called a forbearer of sorts, a trendsetter. Back in 2005, there were no Jordan hybrids. The Dub Zero unleashed all of that and completely changed the game not only for Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand but for everyone.
Looking back, we should’ve had more respect for it from the beginning. There’s no official word on what exactly inspired the first Dub Zero colorways. But considering the design aspects that were borrowed to make this shoe — the Air Jordans IV, VI, XI, XII, XIII, XV, XVII, and XX — all came from sneakers designed by the great Tinker Hatfield, I think we can make an educated guess. The Dub Zero features the sole of the IV, the heel tab of the VI, the patent leather of the XI, the “TWO3” on the tongue of the XII, the upper shape of the XIII, the woven leather on the heel of the XV, the chrome of the XVII, and the lasering of the XX.
Over the years, we’ve seen many incredible colorways, and with a new grey, blue, and charcoal edition coming this Saturday at Champs Sports, we decided to take a look back. Today, we are Ranking the Best Jordan Dub Zero Colorways.
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