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

December 26th, 2013 by

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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.

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