This is the first one not designed by Peter Moore, the designer of the first Air Jordan shoes. It featured the now iconic Jumpman logo, an air unit at the heel and leather finish. It gave Jordan a memorable season, winning a memorable Slam Dunk contest against Dominique Wilkins, grabbing the All-Star Game MVP award the following day, and at the end of the year, bagging Defensive Player of the Year honor.
If you´re tired of seeing the word “Jordan” on this list, then be very disappointed, for this will not be the last time you will see it. For a price so stunning, these shoes have to be amazingly comfortable for the player. For that reason, these include reinforced materials in the area of the toe and two holes in the tongue and heel for the protection of the Achilles’ tendon. Although these shoes come in five different colors, the most popular (and expensive, of course) are the white/carmine ones, which he used during the 1992 Olympics with the famous Dream. Not only that but Jordan also used these shoes when the Bulls won the championship against the Lakers.
Although these shoes have a very special and attractive design, it´s not the colors, nor the logo that makes this model so ridiculously expensive. Apart from being a Nike Jordan model, only 1,200 of these shoes were made, which, as we have learned via experience, makes any item, no matter how common or non-spectacular, immensely expensive. For that reason, you’ll only be able to acquire these shoes if you have an extra $8,000 in your pocket.
These shoes, apart from being abundantly expensive, are very appealing to the eye. Not only that but they were also the first ones to include lace locks, which make it way easier for the player to strap it. However, not all versions of this model are that expensive, only those with the number 23 on the back part of the shoes. They were created in the year 1990 especially for Jordan to use and now cost $10,000. But, because almost no one was willing to pay that amount of money for a pair of shoes, they launched a retail version without the number 23. It´s amazing to see how a pair of numbers can add so many zeros to the price of an item.
Finally! A pair of shoes that didn´t belong to Jordan. Instead, they belonged to the beloved star of the movie, Back to The Future. If you recall, he used a pair of rather futuristic looking shoes, and they were called the Air Mag. The shoes became so popular, Nike decided to Launch them to the market. However, they only made 20 of them, which, of course, launched the priced to stratospheric levels. Perhaps you don´t like the innovative design, but the fact that they were present on an iconic movie like Back To The Future is good enough to put these shoes on the list.
Seriously, what else can you expect for the number one spot other than an Air Jordan? These ones have a special story, though, for they were banned upon release in the US. Why? Because the rules said shoes had to have some white on them in order to be usable. Because these were black and red, they weren´t allowed in the NBA. However, Jordan liked them too much so he used them anyway. Unfortunately, he got fined for it. He had to pay $5,000 each time he decided to use them. Nike new this issue couldn´t go on, which is why they created a different version, a red/black/white one. If you want to buy this model signed by Jordan, you will have to spend $25,000. If you don´t like these colors, you can also search the exclusive models that were created solely for Asia. They are black and metallic gold, and only 12 of them were manufactured. So, not only will you have to pay a lot of money, but you will also have to be lucky enough to find someone that owns this rare pair of shoes. Oh, chances are you’ll have to go to Asia too.
If you even plan to own something that once the best basketball player of all times used, bear in mind that you will have to spend a significant amount of money. And, if you want to get a signed pair, you’ll need to be a millionaire with a lot of money to spend on things like these. Perhaps it would have been a very smart move to purchase these shoes when they were first launched, as their price will keep rising with time. If by chance, you own one of these, you have to know that you are one lucky fellow.