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Air Jordan 1 vs. Air Jordan V: Whose Year Was It?

December 26th, 2013 by / 31

air jordan 1 air jordan v2 Air Jordan 1 vs. Air Jordan V: Whose Year Was It?

2013 was an incredible year once again for Jordan, a brand with the luxury of enjoying yet another dominant four seasons of releases that continue to stay at the top of most-wanted lists across the globe. With this year in particular being the special 23rd Anniversary of the Air Jordan V, we can now reflect on all the amazing drops that fell before us – the return of OGs like the Grape, Fire Red, etc. and the introduction of new colorways and concepts like the “Black Grape”, Doernbecher, and the 3Lab5. But it can be argued that highlight Air Jordan model of the year wasn’t the one celebrating the milestone birthday, but the very first model that had been re-released a countless number of times. So why was the ubiquitous Air Jordan a such a trendy topic? Because of one tiny, relatively superfluous detail – Nike Air.

Beginning in January, Jordan Brand started releasing Air Jordan 1 Highs as part of an interesting subplot that piqued the interest of the older generations – those who might’ve strayed away from the brand’s goal for even more widespread fame with intense colorways. There’s no doubt this string of  AJ1s brought back a crowd of sneakerheads that may have deemed the Retro Jordan as something of the past, but it also gave the newer followers a history lesson of sorts. With a promise of more to come in 2014 (and perhaps headed toward more Nike Air-branded models), the Air Jordan 1 might have had a greater impact than the Air Jordan V did this year. So which model do you think dominated 2013? Get a run-down of all the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan V releases below and let us know which silhouette ruled 2013.

2013 air jordan 1 bulls Air Jordan 1 vs. Air Jordan V: Whose Year Was It?

Air Jordan 1 High “Bulls”
Release Date: January 5, 2013

How much more incredible would these have been with Nike Air? We’re just glad they were the original High cut.

2013 air jordan 1 knicks Air Jordan 1 vs. Air Jordan V: Whose Year Was It?

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Knicks”
Release Date: January 5, 2013

The first of the “Nike Air” labeled AJ1s was, surprisingly, not an OG. However, these were still widely popular due to the pleasant NYC-inspired composition.

2013 air jordan 5 white fire red Air Jordan 1 vs. Air Jordan V: Whose Year Was It?

Air Jordan V “White/Fire Red”
Release Date: January 26, 2013

Michael Jordan did a ton of damage back in 1990 when he rocked these. Even during a third Retro release, this original flavor is still as fresh as ever.

2013 air jordan 1 bhm Air Jordan 1 vs. Air Jordan V: Whose Year Was It?

Air Jordan 1 High “BHM”
Release Date: February 9, 2013

This all-reflective upper doesn’t feature a Nike Air logo on the tongue, but instead something that represents so much more.

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31 comments
SkilledHooper82
SkilledHooper82

Both the 1's and 5's had a great year....it's hard to choose between the two but I'm gonna have to roll with the 5's on this one just because the 5's are in my top five favorite J's

Da_Real_Big_Infinite
Da_Real_Big_Infinite

1s... Close but its da 1s. Royal, Black Toes, Black/Gold, Shadow & Bred all wit Nike Air tag... Love my black grapes, DBs, Laneys but da 1s came strong

jewlio23
jewlio23

5's had crazy new colorways like 3lab5 and DB but to me, the 1's stole the show because of the OG colorways like Bred, Celtics, etc.

5's as well are a coveted shoe but are far too overhyped. The fact that the 1's had all these colorways this year, and are still not overhyped shows the subtly of the shoe even though it's one of the best J's out there

JFresh_136
JFresh_136

It's hard, but I'd have to say the 5s. The 1s were close, but the non OG colorways weren't as good as the 5s.

JMBasquiat
JMBasquiat

The 1s had a big year, but I have to give it to the 5s. They had it all, original releases and new creative colorways.

KevinMeagher
KevinMeagher

I'd say it's a tie....the 1's, 5's and 3's are probably the most coveted J's and a year with hot releases is fire. I really think the 6's are gonna EXPLODE this year though...6's dont get as much love as they should.


And honestly, the Highlight Reel 1's and the Laney 1's although not LOVED right now will be hotttt like 2-5 years from now mark my words. People passed on those and that was a dumb move. People pass on CWs and then those are hard as hellll to find as the years pass. Keep those Laney 1's deadstock...just wait. 

trianglechokevt
trianglechokevt

I think it's a tie.Both had some classic og colorway's ,to each his own.

mrELsenor
mrELsenor

ima go with the 1s simply cuz its my favorite jordan of all time.

Cop em and Rock em
Cop em and Rock em

V's no question! OG, Fire Red, grapes, laneys, Blk grapes, 3Lab5's, Doernbecher, Oreos, Shens, Bel-Air...... No question!

scaredmagic
scaredmagic

I personally would say the 1's, but I also think it was close.  Some Nike Air treatment on the Metallic 5's and we'd all be singing a different tune.

Og lopez kicks
Og lopez kicks

I think every year Jb drops 1' s but this year the v took his place they release both fire red doembechers shanghai 3 lab5 2 cw the sneakerhead are more into that not for a plane and sad shoe like the 1 s no matter what iconic was still a simple shoe in 2014 jb going to release like 10 Jordan 1 more but no more V that what I think.

PMJC07
PMJC07

1's dominated. this year is the 23rd anniversary but, the1's have seniority.

jlitterello
jlitterello

That's tough but i would have to say the 1s.

TrueHypebeast
TrueHypebeast

It was a toe to toe battle but in the end the Aj ones came out on top

adadalives
adadalives

The 1s had a lot of great releases for OG colorways but the V killed it in terms of creativity. Give it to the V just barely.

inTheNameofQuen
inTheNameofQuen

Wat year isn't the year of the ones but as far as this year there were plenty of hi top ones that dropped and the only thing that made them look to b one of the yrs best releases was the fact that they were so limited unlike most of the 5s even the Chicago ones were hyped up so much with limited number that they flew off the shelves I say the 5s had a better yr

CK16
CK16

i mean i just thought that both shoes had incredible years. the ones obviously brought back incredible colorways we would have never expected all to appear in one year. where as the creativity/originality of the NEW V colorways (Fears, DB's, 3lab5s and then the genius simple black flip for both grapes and laneys) they just really arent comparable. very different and good years for both amazing silhouettes. i still say well done this year jb ive been very happy these are my favorite J models.

Dante327
Dante327

It was close, until I realized that the breds, the black and golds, shadows,and the royals all dropped or are going to. Easy pick, definitely the 1's.

Alejandro8675
Alejandro8675

if it weren't for the db5s and maybe the black grapes this wouldnt even be a competition, every retro 1 release this year was pretty great with some outshining the others such as the royal 1s.If Jordan had released one more satisfying 5 (like olive or burgundy) and the black laneys(shanghais) then we have a real competition

JManSam
JManSam

While this was the "year of the 5s" with the 23rd anniversary and some awesome releases, I feel that the 1 had the greater impact. The db5 and black grapes were great new colorways, but drops like the royals (lucky to have), black/gold, and Chicago showed they can garner attention and sell. The black/reds for Saturday are the icing on the cake.

iname
iname

The 1s, easy.

WilliamMcshortock
WilliamMcshortock

The Jordan 1 completely won the year. Almost every sought after colorway ever was released

Foots230
Foots230

Man its gets harder and harder evry release.



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