The past couple of years for women's Jordan Brand releases has been crazy! It has to be said that for a long while that wasn't always the case, but recently the numbers have been on the rise (and among them, so many heaters!). It’s important to look back at the classics, and it’s equally important to keep an eye forward: 2021 was huge for women’s Jordans, and if that’s a sign of the times, then things sure are headed in the right direction. So without further ado – in no particular order – let’s run through some of the best women’s Air Jordans so far.
Air Jordan 6 'Tech Chrome' (2020)
The Air Jordan 6 brought futurism to the storied silhouette in 2020 with the ‘Tech Chrome’, dressing it up in a monochromatic palette. Undoubtedly one of the most loved AJ6s for women, they rocked a black suede base with dark grey suede overlay panels on top. Upping the ante with details, the ‘Tech Chrome’ featured translucent plastic across the side panels, semi-translucent heel pull tabs and silver Jumpman branding. And of course, cream soles are always a nice touch.
Air Jordan 8 ‘White Aqua’ Retro (2019)
The Air Jordan 8 ‘Aqua’ was a brooding yet striking colourway, an iconic makeup in the Jordan Brand arsenal as it was first revealed by Michael Jordan at the 1993 NBA All-Star Game. The women’s AJ8 ‘White Aqua’ took that initial colour palette and turned it on its head to create an alternate colourway! Becoming a classic of its own kind in 2007, it was then retroed in 2019. The white leather in the build gave the ‘White Aqua’ a premium look, not to mention those chenille tongue tags!
A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 3 ‘Raised By Women’ (2021)
The A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 3 ‘Raised By Women’ was a game-changer when it came to accessibility for women. Upon announcing the arrival of the shoes, AMM decided that they would make it possible for women who actually wanted to rock these AJ3s to acquire them, so they established a stringent policy. They ran a women’s early access raffle, where appointments could be made on A Ma Maniere, Social Status, APB and Prosper websites for an in-store government ID and size entry confirmation check. Simple yet effective.
Vashtie Kola x Air Jordan 2 (2010)
In 2010, a major advancement happened! New York-based creative Vashtie Kola became the first woman to ever collaborate with Jordan Brand. Utilising the Air Jordan 2 with a lavender and deep-purple colourway, the main source for inspiration was to 'pay homage to the ladies who are rocking Jordan kicks on the daily'. Jordan Brand wrote on their website at the time, 'As a constant trendsetter and one of the best at mixing contrasting styles, we knew Vashtie would have a fresh take on the classic Air Jordan 2. This limited-edition shoe brings a lavender and deep-purple colorway to deliver a more feminine style.' If only they released in an adult's size run!
Air Jordan 1 'Satin Black Toe' (2019)
Sometimes a remix of a classic can be off the chain – and that's exactly what happened with the women's Air Jordan 1 'Satin Black Toe'. Riffing off the original AJ1 'Black Toe', the women's iteration introduced Varsity red satin to the uppers, in addition to its white leather base and black panels. Embellished with a metal Wings logo and red outsoles, the 'Satin Black Toe' came ready for streetstyling and formalwear.
Off-White x Air Jordan 4 ‘Sail’ (2020)
After dropping 'The Ten' in 2018, Off-White had solidified themselves in the world of sneakers forever, so, it’s no surprise that the Air Jordan 4 ‘Sail’ was such a hit. Following months of speculation, the pairs were just as hyped before and after they released. Featuring Virgil Abloh's legacy “AIR” marking, these became an instant streetwear staple. A special mention also goes out to the 'Blue Bird', another killer women's AJ4 release from 2020.
Air Jordan 12 Low 'Real Pink' (2004)
An unforgettable early Y2K women's Air Jordan came the AJ12 Low 'Real Pink'. Surfacing at a time when baby pink low rise tracksuit sets and fluffy headphones ruled the world, the 'Real Pink' was an addition many were looking for upon release day. With pink hitting the collar and outsole, matched with the equally striking Nisshoki-inspired (Japanese rising sun flag) vertical stitching, this subtle makeup was simply lush.
Women's Air Jordan OG 'Coconut Milk' (2021)
First debuting back in 1998, the Air Jordan Women's OG was the first Jordan Brand model engineered specifically for female sneakerheads and was inspired by the Air Jordan 13. It made a comeback in 2020, with Jordan Brand retroing the silhouette in fresh colourways. Among the handful of drops, this coconut milk and orange makeup was a true standout. Not to mention that dimpled suede!
Aleali May x Air Jordan 14 Low SP ‘Fortune’ (2021)
Aleali May’s sneaker collaborations with Jordan Brand have been popping off! As one of the few women to have collaborated with Jordan Brand, she’s tapped a wide range of classic models like the Air Jordan 1 Zoom CMFT, the Air Jordan 6 and more – and her colabs have never been benchwarmer status. And of course her Air Jordan 14 Retro ‘Fortune’ was no different. The ladies gunned for them and anyone who didn’t fit into the size run lusted after them! For her fifth Jordan Brand colab the AJ14 was accented with blocks of green atop grey suede.
Air Jordan 11 Low 'Citrus' Retro (2021)
The Air Jordan 11 debuted back in 1995 and as its name suggests, marked Michael Jordan's 11th signature sneaker. The definition of crisp, this thirst-quenching low-cut Air Jordan 11 ‘Citrus’ featured eye-catching ‘Bright Citrus’ and white overlays and in 2021 the retro re-upped its 2001 OG counterpart. Forever revered due to the way that it so eloquently blurred the lines between lifestyle and performance, the AJ11’s unprecedented use of patent leather will always be a hallmark of the Jordan Brand.
Air Jordan 1 'Seafoam' (2021)
In 2021, the sneakersphere saw a number of AJ1s arriving for women, including the ‘Seafoam’. A part of the fall 2021 lineup, the light green/white combination brought a refreshing twist to the model, and contrast came by way of the orange piped ribbon laces. More AJ1s for the ladies please!
Melody Ehsani x Air Jordan 1 Mid 'Fearless' (2019)
In 2019, LA-based designer Melody Ehsani dropped her collaborative Air Jordan 1 Mid dubbed 'Fearless'. As part of Jordan Brand's 'Fearless One's collection, the iteration definitely showed no fear when it came to thinking out of the box. Featuring bold mismatched shoes (one predominantly orange and the other green), they also rocked some food for thought along the rear midsoles, as they read: 'If you knew what you had was rare, you would never waste it.'
Air Jordan 1 High OG 'Blue Chill' (2019)
Patent leather just doesn't miss and the Air Jordan 1 High OG ‘Blue Chill’ certainly did not fall short when it released in 2019. Its smooth, sheeny leather hitting all levels of satisfaction, that is until those creases start creeping in! Featuring Obsidian overlay panels paired with North Carolina blue, many were keen to ride the ‘Blue Chill’ wave!
Air Jordan 5 Low ‘Arctic Pink’ (2022)
The only women’s 2022 Air Jordan to make the cut here is the AJ5 ‘Arctic Pink’. Releasing earlier this year in January, this low-cut joint was first revealed as part of Jordan Brand’s spring 2022 retro collection. While its name may suggest cool derivatives, there’s a lot of heat going on with this design, particularly as it takes cues from the AJ5 ‘Fire Red’. Covered from heel to toe in ‘Arctic Pink’ nubuck, met with infrared graphics and midsoles, the iced outsoles then circle back to its name.