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Jordan Brand made waves in 1998 by launching a basketball shoe designed exclusively for women. Inspired by the Air Jordan 13, the original Women's Air Jordan boasts a leather upper, carbon fiber plate, and  Zoom Air units at the heel and forefoot.

The updated version of the first women's Air Jordan retains much of the original's DNA with slight modifications. The Air Jordan OG features a leather upper that provides a premium look. Under the heel, an Air-sole unit provides time-tested comfort.

Who will like the Air Jordan OG? The women's Air Jordan OG is a stylish and comfortable basketball sneaker that both casual wearers and serious hoopers will enjoy. OG sneakerheads will also want to add these historic Air Jordan basketball shoes to their collection.

Performance

Cushion. For all-day comfort, the Air Jordan OG features a Phylon midsole with an encapsulated Zoom Air unit. At the heel, the Zoom Air bag provides lightweight cushioning and responsiveness. The midsole also features a carbon fiber plate for added arch support and stability.

Traction. The Jordan OG features the same outsole design as the Air Jordan XIII. At the heel and forefoot, separate outsole pods offer a durable grip. The Air Jordan OG's herringbone traction zones also provide increased multidirectional control on any surface.

Closure. These Air Jordan basketball sneakers feature a high-top construction with a lace-up front. The high-top collar offers increased ankle support while the lace-up front provides a locked-in fit.

Material

The women's Air Jordan OG makes use of a combination of genuine and synthetic leather that provides support, durability, and a premium look. The upper also features textile materials that offer breathable comfort.

Style

Inspired by the Air Jordan 13, the original Air Jordan for women features the same dimpled leather design and midsole sculpting. The Jordan OG also features an oversized mesh omega pattern that cuts through the leather upper. Signature details include a Jumpman flying high over an embroidered W.

Special Colorways of the Air Jordan OG

The women's Air Jordan OG arrives in several eye-catching hues.

  • Black/White/White
  • University Red/White/Metallic Silver/Black
  • White/University Red/Black
  • White/Navy/Blue

Women's Air Jordan OG SP X Melody Ehsani

After a successful Air Jordan 1 collab, Jordan Brand is once again teaming up with LA-based designer Melody Ehsani to reintroduce the first women’s Air Jordan to a new generation. 

“The legacy [of the Women’s Air Jordan OG] speaks for itself,” Ehsani says. “It was an exciting time in history with the inception of the WNBA and all the incredible women who were coming into the game. The shoe is really an emblem of this moment, a first in many regards.”

The Air Jordan OG X Melody Ehsani features a black upper with infrared accents. The highlight of these black basketball shoes is the cherry detailing—a symbol of abundance and fertility.

Comparsion between the first Air Jordan for women and the Air Jordan OG

Sharing the same DNA with the Air Jordan 13, the first women's Air Jordan featured performance technologies such as Zoom Air and a carbon fiber plate. All these technologies were designed to cater to the versatility of a woman's game. 

Let us find out the major differences between the original women's Air Jordan and the retro release.

Cushion. The Women's Air Jordan and Air Jordan OG both utilize a full-length Phylon foam midsole and encapsulated Zoom Air for enhanced underfoot comfort. Like the Air Jordan 13, the Women's Air Jordan came with heel and forefoot Zoom Air. Unfortunately, the Air Jordan OG only makes use of heel Zoom Air.

Except for the forefoot Zoom, the 2020 re-release is packed with the same technologies as the original. Because of this, the Air Jordan OG is both a fashionable retro and a capable on-court performer.

Comparsion between the Air Jordan XIII and Air Jordan OG

The original Women's Air Jordan was based on the Air Jordan 13. Let us see how the Air Jordan OG stacks up against the last basketball sneaker Michael Jordan laced-up as a member of the Chicago Bulls.

Cushion. The women's Air Jordan OG features a Phylon foam midsole with a heel Zoom Air unit. Michael Jordan's thirteenth basketball sneaker also makes use of a Phylon midsole but with encapsulated heel and forefoot Zoom Air bags.

Traction. Both these Air Jordan basketball sneakers feature a durable rubber outsole with separate pods for maximum flexibility and traction.

Support and Lockdown. The Air Jordan OG and Air Jordan 13 both utilize a high-top collar for increased ankle support and stability. Both Jordan basketball sneakers also feature a lace-up closure for a locked-in feel.

Material. Both these Michael Jordan basketball sneakers make use of a combination of genuine and synthetic leather. The leather upper is designed to provide enhanced comfort, support, and a premium feel. The Air Jordan OG also makes use of textile materials for added breathability.

Price. The Air Jordan OG retails for 140 dollars while the Air Jordan 13 retails for 50 bucks more at $190.

In terms of performance technologies, the women's Air Jordan OG is no slouch and can go toe-to-toe against Michael Jordan's 13th signature sneaker. Both these retro basketball shoes are designed to provide maximum style and performance on and off the hardwood. 

Overall, the Air Jordan 13 and women's Air Jordan OG are must-cops for any sneakerhead familiar with each shoe's rich legacy.

Facts / Specs

Top: High
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Air Jordan
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: White / Pink / Red / Black / Grey
SKUs: 133000001 / 133000002 / 133000106 / 133000600 / CW0907001 / CW0907005 / CW0907100 / CW1106100 / CW1118602 / CZ4777107

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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.