9 Best Air Jordans in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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9 Best Air Jordans in 2022

No matter what generation you belong to, basketball is still Michael Jordan; and Michael Jordan is basketball. He is that legendary. He is that influential. 

Given all that, it should not surprise anyone that his main line of signature shoes is still releasing new models almost two decades after his final retirement. There are now more than 50 Air Jordan models, including retros and special releases.

Through the years, the Air Jordans are known for their quality and performance. They feel premium and they play so well. But there is hierarchy even among the best. It is our job here at RunRepeat to test the Air Jordans and help you tease apart the legendary from the great. It’s not an easy task, but it sure is worthwhile.

How we come up with our top Air Jordan basketball shoes

Like many review sites, we give a CoreScore for each Air Jordan model on record. This number is based on the ratings given to it by experts, regular basketball players, and hobbyists. Of course, these individual ratings are weighted accordingly. Experts’ scores have the most weight. 

Yet, we acknowledge that a numerical score is not descriptive enough. So, we also come up with a concise qualitative review for each shoe:

  • Test Air Jordans and other basketball shoes in actual games.
  • Buy the shoes using our own cash. Don’t get us wrong, we are grateful for freebies, but they may steer us away from being bias-free.

Best Air Jordans overall

The Air Jordan XXXVI is not perfect, but it does not have real performance issues either. It effortlessly checks all the right boxes, and its wearer is guaranteed to have a really good time on the hard court. Quite frankly, it won't be surprising if this shoe tops the list of the most preferred basketball shoes in 2021.
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After spending over two decades in the vault, Jordan Brand finally decided to bring back the first women's Air Jordan basketball shoe. Buyers love the premium and supple feel of the genuine and synthetic leather upper. They also appreciate the all-day comfort of the heel Air-sole unit. Overall, Jordan Brand did an excellent job with this almost perfect retro release. The Air Jordan OG is an excellent casual and performance hoop shoe.
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Best performance Air Jordans

As expected, the Air Jordan 35 was released to so much anticipation and fanfare, which in all fairness did not go to waste. The Air Jordan XXXV indeed delivered in terms of performance. Sure, there are complaints here and there, but they are never serious or major enough to be absolute dealbreakers. 

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Jordan Brand went back to basics and delivered what could just be the best basketball shoe of 2019. The Air Jordan 34 has exceptional traction, cushioning, lockdown, and support. The shoe also has a head-turning design and some hints of nostalgia. It simply is a basketball sneaker that can dominate the streets and the court. The Air Jordan XXXIV is the best Air Jordan game shoe since the highly regarded Air Jordan 29. 

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Best retro Air Jordans

The Air Jordan 1 Retro High is based on the first shoe that Nike released on 1985 under Michael Jordan’s signature line. In light of this, most of the technologies on the shoe are considered outdated compared to other basketball shoes in the market. Due to the shoe’s history, many people consider it a collector’s item and a fashion sneaker rather than a performance basketball shoe. Its classic silhouette makes it attractive.

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Delivering on both form and function, the Air Jordan 12 Retro may be one of the best performing retro models Jordan Brand has produced. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, these retro Air Jordans will also provide you with everything you need on the court. It has reliable traction, quality materials, responsive cushioning, excellent lockdown, plenty of support, and a nice fit. Overall, the AJ XII Retro is very well-rounded and can even outperform some of its more modern counterparts.

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Best casual Air Jordan sneakers

A hybrid between the high and the low, the AJ1 Mid allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. It furnishes you with ample ankle support the High provides and the adaptability the Lows deliver. Although it continues to live behind the shadow of its taller and much pricier sibling, the Mids offer a hint of freshness into the familiar, well-loved silhouette. Simply put, you can't go wrong with the Mid version. 

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Often perceived as a doppelganger of the Nike Dunk Low, the Air Jordan 1 Low is a remarkable iteration on its own. It perfectly combines the quintessential style and comfort the Jordan sneakers are known for. And to add more, it is a solid, well-made iteration sold at a relatively affordable price point. With its head-turning details, timeless profile, and colorful background, this is a must in any aspiring collectors' wardrobe. 

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What are the cheapest Air Jordans in 2022?

  1. Air Jordan 2 Retro Decon - from $140
  2. Air Jordan 1 Retro Low - from $145
  3. Air Jordan XXXI Low - from $180
  4. Air Jordan XXXVI - from $185
  5. Air Jordan Legacy 312 - from $200
  6. Air Jordan 11 IE Low - from $209
  7. Air Jordan 14 Retro Low - from $215
  8. Air Jordan XXXII Low - from $230
  9. Air Jordan 1 Retro High - from $239
  10. Air Jordan 13 Retro Low - from $249
  11. Air Jordan XXXI - from $400

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.