The All-Time Greatest ‘Obsidian’ Colourways


Did you know that obsidian is actually volcanic glass, formed when lava cools rapidly? No wonder it’s one of the most explosive colourways in existence. Seeing numerous renditions across the Jumpman’s extensive catalogue and the broader Nike canon, the deep, inky blue will bring a volcanic drip to any rotation.

Air Jordan 13 ‘Obsidian’Air Jordan 13 ‘Obsidian’

Adding some Charlotte Hornets swagger to the Fall lineup, the Jumpman dropped the Air Jordan 13 ‘Obsidian’ in September 2021. Stamped with the signature holographic bubble on the ankles, this one had us wide-eyed like cats looking for love long into the night.

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Nike Dunk High ‘Obsidian’ Nike Dunk High ‘Obsidian’

The Nike Dunk and its younger SB sibling staked its claim as the world’s hottest sneaker in 2022. A collegiate hooper from the 1980s, this ‘Obsidian’ scored big buckets again last year.

Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Obsidian’Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Obsidian’

Somewhat reminiscent of Scottie Pippen’s, ‘business time’ murdered-out rendition, the Air More Uptempo ‘Obsidian’ is obscenely good looking.

Air Jordan 15 ‘Obsidian’Air Jordan 15 ‘Obsidian’

An often overlooked silhouette from the Jumpman’s prodigious catalogue, the Air Jordan 15 never looked better in ‘Obsidian’.

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Nike Air Max 95 ‘Obsidian’Nike Air Max 95 ‘Obsidian’

The anatomical Nike Air Max 95 deserves a spot in any self-respecting sneakerhead’s collection. The ‘Obsidian’ colourway allows all of Sergio Lozano’s design DNA to shine through.

Nike Air Max 1 Big Bubble ‘Obsidian’Nike Air Max 1 Big Bubble ‘Obsidian’

The Nike Air Max 1 may have lost some momentum in recent years, but the model is undeniably one of the all-time greats from the Nike canon. Given ‘Obsidian’ was the AM1’s second ever colourway – first released in 1988 – it of course still looks on point in 2023.

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Nike Air Max 1 'Obsidian' (2017)Nike Air Max 1 'Obsidian' (2017)

In terms of all-time great ‘Obsidian’ colourways, this one is right up there in the Air Max pantheon. Inflamed with fiery red outsoles, the Air Max 1 ‘Obsidian’ landed in 2017 to celebrate the model’s 30th anniversary. Originally taking flight in 1988, this is a classic that still stands strong.

Air Jordan 1 ‘Obsidian’Air Jordan 1 ‘Obsidian’

To be brutally honest, the Air Jordan 1 would look good covered in baby chunder. A favourite among the legions of Jordan Air-heads, the ‘Obsidian’ colourway most recently landed in August 2019.

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Nike Air Max 1 'Obsidian' (1988)Nike Air Max 1 'Obsidian' (1988)

The OG and invariably the hardest. An infallible palette that landed in 1988, it’s still difficult to find a better colourway in Nike’s vaunted Air Max catalogue. Originally known as simply ‘Navy/Red’, the rendition later took on a life of its own across the Swoosh and Jumpman canon.

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