Ranking the Best Jordan Dub Zero Colorways

  • Jordan Dub Zero
    Cement Grey

    In my opinion, this is the best Dub Zero so far. It took a classic in the Air Jordan III and incorporated enough of that shoe’s elements — like the “Cookies and Cream” speckled midsole — to make it both stand on its own and work as a hybrid. Plus, the lasering is really unique on this 2009 release.

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  • Jordan Dub Zero

    The latest colorway in the line, and the first in over five years, this blue, grey, and charcoal joint uses a dark shaded upper to help mask gold lasering. Along with a blue-speckled midsole, this is a very toned-down look for the Dub Zero.

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  • Jordan Dub Zero
    Black and varsity red

    Another 2009 release that dipped heavily into Michael Jordan’s lineage with the Chicago Bulls. With a white outsole that played perfectly off of the all-black upper and lasering, as well as just tiny hints of red accenting, this edition was unique to the Dub Zero simply because they didn’t heavily future multiple colorways.

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  • Jordan Dub Zero
    Midnight Navy

    The only one of the original Dub Zero colorways that still gets play in my rotation, the Midnight Navy colorway was one of a kind, not only because it took the storyline of the Dub Zero — very in-your-face with bright colors — and flipped it with the dull navy, but because it also featured suede lasering for the first time. Small hints of true red and the metallic used on the heel put this one over the top.

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  • Jordan Dub Zero
    Varsity Red

    How could we not end with one of the originals? The release most heavily inspired by MJ’s playing days with the Bulls? If you can’t see the varsity red Air Jordan IV or Concord XI inspirations here then I’m not sure what to tell you.

    There’s the black patent leather used in much the same way here as on the Concords. There’s also the white upper. And then the midsole and outsole combination is so similar to another one of my favorite pairs of sneakers that the historical connections can’t be underestimated. This was one of my favorite releases during my freshman year of college.

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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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