Every Nike SB x Air Jordan Collaboration So Far
Skateboarding and basketball are the biggest movers and shakers within sneaker culture, and when the two combine, it makes headlines. With the anticipation of the upcoming Air Jordan 4 x Nike SB collaboration, we took a trip down memory lane to check out all the collaborative releases from Nike SB and the Jumpman. Take a look below.
Nike Zoom P-Rod 1 Elite ‘J-Rod’ (2005)
Paul Rodriguez was a huge game changer for Nike SB when he signed with the Swoosh in 2004, switching over from éS. A commercially successful skateboarder who still has credibility with the skate community, P-Rod knew how to toe the line between being with a big brand like Nike without ‘selling out’. In 2005, Rodriguez was the first Nike SB athlete to get a signature sneaker, the Nike Zoom P Rod 1, which came in a bevy of colourways. Like most kids that grew up in the 90s, we all wanted to be Like Mike and P Rod was no different.
Designing a colourway alongside Tinker Hatfield himself, the Nike Zoom J Rod 1 featured elephant print overlays on top of the sterling grey nubuck upper. The Jumpman appears on the tongue and heel and is the only non-Jordan Brand sneaker to feature the Jumpman at the time.
Craig Stecyk x Nike SB Air Jordan 1 (2014)
Nike SB and Jordan Brand joined forces with artist, photographer, and filmmaker Craig Stecyk to put his touch on the AJ1 back in 2014. Although Stecyk didn’t professionally skate, he laid the groundwork for skateboard photography, artistry, and culture through his documentation of Dogtown and the Z-Boys. The sneaker uses iridescent panelling along with a black upper with polka dots threaded in the tongue and ankle collar. Stecyk’s handwriting is seen on the heel featuring ‘AJ ONE SB’ branding with the sneaker sitting on an icy outsole.
Lance Mountain x Nike SB Air Jordan 1 (2014)
Skateboarding pioneer Lance Mountain hasn’t received anything close to all the flowers he deserves. As one of the core members of the Bones Brigade, Lance and the rest of the crew rocked Jordan 1s during the 80s and most famously during the filming of ‘The Search for Animal Chin’. Fast forward over 25 years later, Lance had the opportunity to colab on the Air Jordan 1. Dropping in two colourways, white and black, the sneaker featured a wear-away upper that unveiled royal and red panels in mismatched form, the way Lance used to wear them.
Nike Zoom P Rod 9 Elite ‘J Rod’ (2015)
Fast forward ten years after the first ‘J Rod’ colourway, the colourway returned on the Nike Zoom P Rod 9 Elite. The same hues and elephant print overlays are featured on the slimmer silhouette, but this time, the Jumpman appears only on the heel. Hex Zoom Air units are featured on the heel and forefoot with a Nike Free-inspired outsole for flexibility.
Nike SB Air Jordan 1 ‘NYC to Paris’ and ‘LA to Chicago’ (2019)
Nike SB and the Jumpman ran it back in 2019 with two new colourways, both featuring a wear-away upper similar to the Lance Mountain x Nike SB Air Jordan 1. The ‘NYC to Paris’ colourway features a White/Light Bone/Black upper with the Light Bone panels and Black Swoosh wearing away into Crimson Tint and Hyper Pink. The ‘LA to Chicago’ colourway is pretty self explanatory, using the LA Lakers theme of Court Purple and University Gold that fades into the Chicago colourway.
Eric Koston x Nike SB Air Jordan 1 Low ‘UNC’ (2019)
Nike SB pro team member Eric Koston is widely known as one of the greatest skaters of all time as well as a huge sneakerhead. So when he got the opportunity to put his touch on the collaborative Nike SB Air Jordan 1 Low, he tapped into his childhood. According to Koston himself, on a back to school shopping trip at Marshalls, he spotted a pair of Air Jordan 1s in the UNC colourway for $24.99. He wanted them not because of Mike, but because his favourite skaters (Bones Brigade) were wearing AJ1s to skate in. After being denied the sneakers as a kid, he brought the UNC colourway to the Nike SB Air Jordan 1 which features a $24.99 orange tag on the inside as a part of the storytelling of the sneaker.
Eric Koston x Nike SB Air Jordan 1 Low ‘Midnight Navy’ (2019)
The ‘Midnight Navy’ colour of the Air Jordan 1 was originally released in 2001 as a Japanese CO.JP exclusive. Friends and fellow pro skater Gino Ianucci had a pair and Koston wanted one as well. Fast forward almost twenty years later, Koston brought that colourway back in SB form. White leather along with ‘Midnight Navy’ suede make up the upper with metallic silver accents and Swoosh. A red mini Jumpman is stitched on the edge of the toebox to put the cherry on top for this sneaker.
Lance Mountain x Nike SB Air Jordan 1 Low ‘Desert Ore’ (2019)
Lance Mountain teamed up with Nike SB and Jumpman again in 2019 this time on a collaborative Air Jordan 1 Low. The mismatched theme continues with the UNC colourway appearing on the right shoe and the Royal colourway on the left. A Desert Ore tearaway canvas upper surrounds the upper and overlays which are meant to be cut out to your liking.
Nike SB x Air Jordan 4 ‘Pine Green’ (2023)
The Air Jordan 4 seems like a sneaker that doesn’t have much history in skateboarding, but the likes of Steven Cales wore pairs when retros were introduced in 1999. Updated to withstand the punishment skateboarders put through shoes, thicker materials are used and shaped to the liking of the OG pairs from 1989. Sail makes up the upper with Pine Green hits on the heel and eyelets with the Jumpman on the tongue appearing in red. A Poron insole is utilized for impact protection with a gum outsole finishing off the sneaker.