December 26th, 2013 by John Kim / 31
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
V's no question! OG, Fire Red, grapes, laneys, Blk grapes, 3Lab5's, Doernbecher, Oreos, Shens, Bel-Air...... No question!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.