Top 7 Greatest Red Jordans to Ever Exist and More!

by: Tilda
May 30, 2020

Michael Jordan was an icon on and off the court. Whether you’re a die-hard basketball fan or just interested in pop culture, his name (or crying meme) definitely popped on your way! But we’re not talking about the name today, we’re talking about the brand. Jordan Brand made some of the most sought-after sneakers in the industry. But red Jordans are always on a different level of hype. For so many reasons!

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Why Are Red Jordans This Popular?

The origin of the hype dates back to 1985 when Nike and Jordan signed a deal together. The first pair of kicks, the mighty Air Jordan 1, featured the “Bred” colorway which is a mix of black and red. However, the colorway broke the NBA uniform policy which stated that the kicks should match the uniform and the teammates’ kicks. So, naturally, the NBA fined Jordan $5,000 and accidentally made red Jordans a whole mood!

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Another reason for the popularity of red kicks is because this color is one of the official Chicago Bulls colors. So if anything, it subconsciously became the color of Jordan’s legacy! Therefore, having a pair of red Jordans is like owning some of that legacy.

Top 7 Red Jordans to Date

Disclaimer: We’re not going to include the “Banned” Jordan 1 in this list because the colorway is beyond ranking!

Air Jordan 1 Chicago

When we say red Jordans we can’t help but think about the OG unbanned colorway! This is the first pair that conformed to the league’s rules and looked as hot as the OG! The kicks first debuted in 1985 and were an absolute success. However, that wasn’t the last we saw of the pair because Nike retroed them in 1994, 2013, and eventually in 2015.

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The Chicago Bulls Netflix documentary “The Last Dance” dedicated some time to the Jordan x Nike relationship. This resulted in the resale value of the 2015 Chicagos to go up,  selling for a new average of about $1,700! Lastly, a game-worn pair of OG Air Jordan 1 Chicago was sold in an auction for $560,000. That’s 5 times the original estimate, just saying.

Trophy Room x Air Jordan 5 Retro F&F

Trophy Room shop is all about the Michael Jordan memorabilia and latest Jordan kicks, among other things. But that’s not really surprising, considering that Marcus Jordan, MJ’s son, is the owner. So the collaboration wasn’t a huge surprise, but the kicks were a whole other story. The F&F edition of the Air Jordan 5 made it one of the coolest looking red Jordans. And it gave the crowds a new reason to love the not-so-popular silhouette.

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The kicks feature a red suede upper and a golden lace-lock that completed the luxurious look. The kicks currently resell for a starting price of $7,900!

Air Jordan 3 Retro DJ Khaled “Grateful”

Another pair of red Jordans that didn’t release. But we had to mention it because it’s a show stopper! The kicks feature an all-red leather upper and red midsole, with a touch of the famous elephant print. The collab has the name of DJ Khaled’s album and pairs were given randomly to fans who bought the album! You can find the kicks on resale platforms for at least $10,000.

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Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “Chicago”

Just when Yeezys were peaking and people were starting to worry about Nike, they dropped the Off-White bomb! Virgil Abloh took 10 Nike silhouettes and put his own touches on them. The star of the collaboration war the deconstructed Air Jordan 1 Chicago which currently resells for about $4,000. 3 years later, and this pair is still Virgil Abloh’s most successful pair!

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Air Jordan 12 “Flu Game”

Or should we say the “Food Poisoning Game”? Whatever it was, game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals was a memorable game to all basketball fans. But we also love us some kicks with a huge story, and Jordan 12 in its Bred colorway checks all our storytime boxes! You can find a pair of OGs on GOAT for $640. Moreover, the kicks retroed in 2003, 2009, and 2016.

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Doernbecher x Air Jordan 3 (2013)

Red Jordans for a cause! The Doernbecher Freestyle collab launched in 2004 with Nike giving children every year the chance to design their own kicks. All proceeds from collections sold go to the children’s hospital. And every year has a memorable design that we all love so much that Nike makes them again! That’s exactly what happened in 2013 when they dropped a special edition of the 2010 Air Jordan 3 Doernbecher. The 2013 kicks currently resell for $700 on average.

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Air Jordan 11 Playoffs

The last pair of red Jordans on our list are not so red but definitely deserve to be on it! The Bred Air Jordan 11 “Playoffs” is one of the kicks that have that nostalgic vibe stuck to them no matter the year. It’s the pair of kicks that started the first title on the way to the second three-peat! The black mesh/patent leather upper looks amazing on the red outsole. To know more about the history of the colorway, read this!

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Red Jordans FTW!

Red, or Bred, Jordans will always be an important part of the sneaker culture due to MJ’s impact as a cultural icon. However, that doesn’t mean that other colorways are any less important! This is why you should check out Jordan Brand’s wild side with the upcoming Air Jordan 3 Animal Instinct!