Air Jordan 15 (1999-2000)

The second round of post-retirement Jordans began with the AJ15, which was supposedly modelled on MJ’s tongue-out antics. Tinker Hatfield regrettably says it’s his worst Jordan design.

Air Jordan 16 (2001)

Wilson Smith III took over designing signature Jordans from the AJ16. The model’s most unique feature is its magnetic shroud.

Air Jordan 17 (2002)

MJ’s second NBA comeback introduced the AJ17, which was packed with Tuned Air and came in a metal briefcase – making it the most expensive Jordan at the time.

Air Jordan 18 (2003)

The AJ18 was the final shoe MJ played professionally in. Its luxurious suede and carbon fibre build was again inspired by speedy sports cars.

Air Jordan 19 (2004)

The first signature model following MJ’s second retirement emphasised a need for speed with its sleek woven instep and Zoom Air cushioning. Covered lacing was continued from previous models.

Air Jordan 20 (2005)

No other signature series had reached 20 continuous years, so the AJ20 celebrated with laser detailing. Hatfield’s return also introduced the unique free-floating strap and IPS cushioning.

Air Jordan 21 (2006)

D’Wayne Edwards created the AJ21 with premium leather and quilted details, plus an ‘Independent Podular System’ that used Zoom and Encapsulated Air pods. Its TV ad was also legendary.

Air Jordan 22 (2007)

Edwards continued the IPS system on the AJ22, then modelled its upper on stealth fighter planes. It was also the first basketball shoe to use a titanium sole shank.

Air Jordan 23 (2008)

Hatfield came back to mark the 23rd edition of the Air Jordan line. Besides the design’s distilled Jordan DNA, it was also ‘the first ever sustainable basketball shoe’.

Air Jordan 2009

The signature Air Jordan line adopted year numbers after the 23 to mark its annual succession. This model took cues from the AJ16 while also expressing the Nike Considered eco ethos.

Air Jordan 2010

2010 marked 25 years of the MJ-Nike partnership and also the 23rd anniversary of Jordan Brand. The AJ2010 had a clear TPU midfoot window – probably one of the series’ most peculiar features ever.

Air Jordan 2011

The Jordan series progressed into the 2010s with the AJ2011, which bore a conspicuous resemblance to the AJ11. It had interchangeable ‘Quick’ and ‘Explosive’ insoles containing different Air systems.

Air Jordan 2012

Modularity was continued on the AJ2012. It featured interchangeable booties for low- and high-cut ankle support, plus three different insole options.

Air Jordan 28 (2013)

The AJ28 brought back the sequential numbering system, and continued its radical aesthetic via an ankle-hugging zippered cover. New JB signing Russell Westbrook championed the model