Complex’s 100 Best Air Jordans of All Time

April 23rd, 2012 by | 64 comments


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Setting out to rank the Air Jordan Legacy and its individual releases might be the single most difficult ranking task in all of sneakerhead culture.  How on earth are you supposed to objectively assess the value of (so many different) shoes that have unique meanings for each of their devotees?!  The way Sneaker News has done it over the past couple years is to give our readers a chance to vote in our March Madness Air Jordan tournaments, but each person who submitted a pick has their own top 10 (or 100) in mind.  Multiply that by itself and you’ve got a sense of the scope of Russ Bengtson’s ambitious project to rank Complex’s 100 Best Air Jordans, a list that’s absolutely guaranteed to cause its fair share of dissention.  We’ve selected one from each group of ten (100-91, 90-81, and so on) to give you a sense of what’s in store, so check out the sneak peek and then head over to Complex for the full list.

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100. Air Jordan XVI ‘Ginger’

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89. Air Jordan IX ‘Olive’

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73. Air Jordan X ‘City Pack’

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69. Air Jordan VI ‘White/Maroon’

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57. Air Jordan II ‘Melo’

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45. Air Jordan XIII ‘White/Black/Red’

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37. Air Jordan XII ‘Obsidian’

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28. Air Jordan VIII ‘Aqua’

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17. Air Jordan V ‘White/Red/Black’

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6. Air Jordan IV ‘Black/Cement’

 

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64 comments
Juice Da Jumpman
Juice Da Jumpman

The top 5 jordans should be Grape 5s, Raptor 7s, Bred 12s, DMP 6/11s, and Bred 13s

AceZiGGy
AceZiGGy

All White/ metallic silver 5s missing, oreo 4s missing, french blue 7s missing, columbias should be higher.... this list is off.... plus the mochas should be way higher than where theyre at.

cfu
cfu

Pffft.. How the hell are any of the 2011's and the 2012's better than the Encore 4's and Doernbecher 6's? GTFO

Dom.
Dom.

i see where the bc3s take the cake, and at least complex defend its point. personally, the bred 1s would have been #1. the greatest way to draw attention to something is to have it banned, and to invest so much in a fresh player like jordan is a strategy that eventually started a legacy that became a gamechanger in the way people saw sneakers. no one could have foreseen it. there is no other jordan that could be #1 in my mind.

futureoftheretro
futureoftheretro

I know everyone has their own opinions, but Bordeaux's at 43?! How can ANYONE agree with them being that low?

Reaper 408
Reaper 408

100% disagree with Complex. It seems so random.

@iamdorkster
@iamdorkster

Its almost impossible to make a 100 best list. Without even clicking on the link, I know it's either the Bred 11, or BC 3.

Daydreamer602
Daydreamer602

mann they got to retro those sport blue 6s pretty wack list tho

ejocoloco
ejocoloco

Fusions? Get the f u c k outta here. How hard would it have been for dude to put a f u c k ing pic of each shoe in the actual article?

Tom Thompson
Tom Thompson

Seriously where are all the fusions!?!?!

donadamsky
donadamsky

maroon 6's are my #1, so beautiful. on another note, russ bengston is a f%cking G

mike
mike

don't even bother clicking on a list by complex

Jordan Fanatic 917
Jordan Fanatic 917

Why are the 2012 jordans on this list? I dont agree with black cement 3's as #1, maybe top 10 but not at #1

RJ7
RJ7

Seems like whoever made that list were born in the 90's. I totally disagree with their line up.

Waka Flocka
Waka Flocka

we already know the concords are #1...so weak...the shoe game went down hill after that concord release last year

@Durantula4190
@Durantula4190

just one 21 and one 23 on the list...it's a shame....

Bruh Bruh
Bruh Bruh

copped 4 pair of them playoffs this weekend. cant wait to resell at a VERY high price!! haha christmas came early!

Bluntz
Bluntz

bet the retro 11 bred or concords #1. watch! damn di**riders!

JeRz
JeRz

the retro 4 black cement does NOT belong in the top 10 at ALL!!! it's probably somewhere around 60.

Big Infinite
Big Infinite

being a hobo has really taught me not to look at shoes like jordans if i know i cant afford them

tyga
tyga

I would SERIOUSLY let a nikka KILL me for those Air Jordan XVI ‘Ginger’ colorway!

Satan
Satan

Me and Michael made a pact a long time ago. He wouldnt be selling these if it werent for me!

kenbuffa
kenbuffa

Really? Cement 3's at #1?

We love toseeusmile
We love toseeusmile

I love a man with a hotdog and a bun , shoe and a gun, spin my wheel, clap them heels for those retro 5!

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

I cant wait for the best 100 Kobe's of all time to come out

KILL ME NOW
KILL ME NOW

I would SO let ANY man teabag the living S*** out of me for all the shoes on this page!!! i would let sneakernews or ANYBODY do whatever they want with me just to have EVERY shoe on this collection!!!! I LOVE JORDANS

shoepreme
shoepreme

got the whole retro 5 line up for sale. hit up my site.

dj intense
dj intense

this is a really huff list. Im sick of people di** riding jordans like they are shoes made from god himself. Addidas and reebok's are where to go bro.

Ron Artest
Ron Artest

I elbowed james harden yesterday cause he said that the retro 11 breds were the best.

no way bro
no way bro

aqua worst sneakers of all time right next to the black cement 3's!

Soulja Boy
Soulja Boy

the shoe game went down hill once you started rapping.

Javi
Javi

WATCHA SMOKIN PUFF PUFF GIVE MUTHA F****R!

Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne

those gotta be the worst jordans EVER made

Javi
Javi

U BETTER BELIEVE IT!!!!

LuiKang
LuiKang

how abt HELL NO? -___-

dj mild.
dj mild.

lol you can't even spell adidas right.

LuiKang
LuiKang

boy you SLEEP if you think the aquas are terrible.... smh

donadamsky
donadamsky

my 2nd favorite jordan of all time, but hey, to each his own

donadamsky
donadamsky

really? im sure u have encore 4's, natural 1's, spt blue 6's, og FR 4's, og blacktoe 1's and undftd 4's. GTFO

LuiKang
LuiKang

and you're the one to talk, "soulja" ??

donadamsky
donadamsky

he was celebrating, you just got in his way, lol

Big Infinite
Big Infinite

that what i said isnt idiot. and what type of name is donadamsky?

donadamsky
donadamsky

Donald Adamsky was the name given to me by my parents, what the hell does "Big Infinite" mean???

Asinine
Asinine

I'm pretty sure you don't have the 7 oc

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