The Nike Air Jordan is classic yet bang up-to-date, cool and stylish, unique though instantly recognisable. Having first hit the market in the mid-eighties, they still sell like hot cakes and Michael Jordan, the name and image featured on every sneaker, has made more than a billion dollars since signing his first Nike deal in 1984, according to Forbes.
With so many iterations and versions of the shoe, the giant sportswear brand has built a stunning collection of kicks which have been worn on the courts and streets for generations. Here we profile some of the rarest...
Air Jordan 1
Valued at £522,000, this pair are super old and were worn by Jordan during an exhibition match in the summer of 1985. However, they became iconic (and hugely valuable) after the NBA Hall of Famer launched a slam dunk so hard during the game in Trieste, Italy, that it literally smashed the glass backboard to smithereens.
Amazingly, you can get in on the action of owning these classic trainers for as little as £7.50! That’s right, for less than a tenner, you can own shares in the shoes through purveyors of ‘cultural assets’ Otis.
Potential Price: £522,000
Eminem x Carhartt Air Jordan
Only ten pairs of these trainers were made and they went straight to Eminem and his family and friends nearly six years ago. The hugely successful rapper had the kicks made in 2015 to mark the fifteenth anniversary of his Marshall Mathers LP with proceeds donated to his foundation which helps young people in the States.
Earlier last year though, Eminem actually auctioned off his pair during the global pandemic for StockX’s World Health Organisation campaign and all you had to do to enter was stump up ten dollars in a raffle. According to StockX, pairs have sold for as much as 30,000 dollars.
Potential Price: £22,000
Air Jordan x Grimm
Designed by Tinker Hatfield, the brains behind most of the Air Jordans, Nike teamed up with NBC drama ‘Grimm’, a fantasy police series, to create just ten limited edition trainers for charity.
There were four pairs of women’s shoes in white created, featuring fur collars and four more men’s which came in black and boasted a herringbone collar. What made some of these even more special is a further two pairs were signed by Hatfield and Jordan, the main man himself.
Auctioned off on eBay, more than £16,000 was raised for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Potential Price: £1,469
Air Jordan 1 x Dave White - ‘Wings for the Future’
One of the most vibrant versions of the iconic shoe ever made and looking almost like space boots, they were created by artist Dave White and featured a gold iteration of the original version with red, black and white colourways.
First approached to design the kicks in 2008, 23 pairs were produced three years later and sold for more than 1,000 dollars each at the NBA All-Star game in 2011. All proceeds went to WINGS for the Future of LA’s Inglewood High School, according to rarest.org. Nike later released some extras for fans but good luck getting your hands on a pair now.
Potential Price: £16,667
Air Jordan VIII Retro PE - Q-Rich
Only available at the House of Hoops in Harlem New York in 2008, these futuristic sneakers were designed for Knicks star Quentin Richardson. Coming in white, blue and orange, the iconic colours of Richardson’s team, his initial and number 23 were also featured on the trainer. It was a big moment as this was the first time an exclusive player colourway was available to fans.
Potential Price: £1,842