Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Sneakers, regardless of brand and type, come in a myriad of colorways. Black and white ones may probably have gained the top spots and ruled the versatility aspect in the styling department, but there are still a few equally stylish colors that come close to these two.
Blue sneakers, for one, are also a favorite choice among sneakerheads and casual wearers. Sneaker brands such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, Saucony, Vans, and Jordan have their fair share of blue sneakers in the market primarily because of two reasons: First, blue sneakers, without a doubt, are stylish and eye-catching. Second, the sneaker market positively responds to blue sneaker releases.
Below is RunRepeat’s quick guide to blue Jordan sneakers.
Popular Jordan Sneakers with Blue Colorways
The Future sneaker from Jordan is known for its clean, minimalist design and often being compared to the Nike Roshe shoes for its aesthetics, comfort, and overall quality. Built with a lightweight textile upper that conforms to the foot's shape, Phylon cushioning system, and asymmetrical lacing system, this mid-top Jordan is an ideal pair to wear during summer. It is available in a broad color scale including the following blue-based colorways:
1. Jordan Future Hyper Royal
The Jordan Future Hyper Royal or otherwise called officially as the “Hyper Royal/ Hyper Royal – Phantom” colorway dropped on July 1, 2018, for a retail price of $150. It displays a bright blue lightweight woven upper, white midsole, and translucent outsole.
2. Jordan Future Midnight Navy
The Midnight Navy is also one favorite blue Jordan colorways. Unlike the Hyper Royal, the Jordan Future Midnight Navy shoe comes with a darker shade of blue as seen on the monochromatic woven textile upper. The entire sole unit, including the midsole and the outsole, appears in a clean white color that complements well the top part of the shoe. This blue and white Jordan made a debut on November 15, 2014, for $150.
Considered as a hybrid Jordan silhouette, the Jordan Spizike fuses design elements from several iconic Jordan models such as the Air Jordan III, Air Jordan IV, Air Jordan V, Air Jordan VI, Air Jordan IX, and Air Jordan XX. Its introduction to the sneaker community gained mixed reactions especially from Jordan brand loyalists, but it eventually reached a must-have status and received a wide array of colorways, including the following:
1. Jordan Spizike Midnight Navy
Also seen on classic Nike and Jordan blue shoes like the Air Jordan 5 Retro, Air Jordan 11, Air Jordan 9, and Nike Air Foamposite is the Midnight Navy colorway, which also reached the hybrid Jordan Spizike shoe for its Holiday 2017 release. The Jordan Spizike Midnight Navy flaunts a two-tone upper in deep blue and white and a white sole unit. Hints of metallic silver are seen on the brandings and eyelets.
2. Jordan Spizike Year of the Dragon
Released on February 24, 2012, for $175 is an exclusive colorway for the Jordan Spizike shoe called the Year of the Dragon. The shoe comes with a predominantly University Blue nubuck and patent leather upper with hints of orange on the laces and white on the eyestays and inner linings. The midsole appears in white, while a translucent orange outsole completes the look.
3. Jordan Spizike Turquoise Blue
The Spike Lee-inspired Jordan hybrid also received a turquoise blue treatment for its May 15, 2015 release. The Jordan Spizike Turquoise Blue oozes with a retro and true-blue classic appeal with its intricate detailing. The turquoise-based upper features the famous elephant print on the toe and heel areas, while the upper half of the midsole and part of the quarter paneling are infused with infrared speckle accents. Black accents are seen on the tongue, heel tab, and laces.
The lifestyle-inspired Eclipse sneakers first made an appearance in 2015 following the successful introductory launch of the Jordan Future shoe. Meant for casual use, the low-top offers flexibility, comfort, and style all packaged into one. Countless colorways and several renditions such as the Jordan Eclipse Chukka, and Jordan Eclipse Leather have emerged from the core Eclipse model since it launched in 2015.
Blue colorways available for the Jordan Eclipse sneakers:
1. Jordan Eclipse French Blue
Called officially as the Jordan Eclipse in French Blue/White-Obsidian-Pure Platinum colorway, the low-top shoe exhibits a lightweight and breathable woven textile upper with a dark blue hue from the tongue toward the toe area and blue hue on the heel and side areas. The laces and pull tab match the dark blue tone of the tongue, while adding contrast to the shoe’s street-ready façade is a white midsole with speckled details.
2. Jordan Eclipse Deep Royal Blue
One of the first releases of the Jordan Eclipse in 2015 is the Deep Royal Blue colorway. The low-top Jordan sneaker features a royal blue upper with a distinctive black tongue, laces, and brandings. The minimally designed upper sits atop a crisp white sole unit.
Jordan Son of Mars
The Jordan Son of Mars is a high-top, basketball-inspired sneaker from the Jordan brand named after Mars Blackmon, Spike Lee’s character from the 1986 movie She’s Gotta Have It. Its design took inspirations from different elements of five popular Jordan models. It has a low-top version named as the Jordan Son of Mars Low.
Blue colorways available for the Jordan Son of Mars and Jordan Son of Mars Low:
1. Jordan Son of Mars Stealth
Included in our list is a blue and grey Jordan Son of Mars sneaker with an official colorway of Stealth/White-Shaded Blue-University Gold. Shades of grey dominate the upper with hints of blue on the tongue, inner linings, and parts of the midsole and outsole. Gold accents are seen on the laces, tongue, and brandings, and the iconic elephant print accentuates the toe and heel.
2. Jordan Son of Mars Low Do the Right Thing
Released on June 29, 2013, is a colorful Jordan Son of Mars Low Do the Right Thing. The brightly-colored shoe featured a blue base with hints of yellow (laces and parts of the midsole), red (tongue branding and eyestays), grey (heel, tongue, and midsole), and green (inner linings) and retailed initially for $140.
3. Jordan Son of Mars Low Navy Blue
Unlike the Do the Right Thing colorway, this release opted for a clean and minimal look with an almost monochromatic upper in navy blue. Grey accents are seen on the heel and parts of the midsole. The shoe dropped on May 15, 2015, for $150.
The relevance of the blue color to Jordan shoes
The Air Jordan shoes may have commenced and gained popularity through the controversial Air Jordan I "Bred" colorway that NBA superstar Michael Jordan used to wear in his games in 1985. Its unusual color scheme as a basketball shoe definitely drew attention not just to the NBA Commissioner, but also to a broader audience which then translated to a potential market.
That same year on September 15, Nike released two colorways of the well-celebrated shoe – the Breds Black Red and the White/ Black Red colorways. It was also that same year that the first blue Jordan shoe came to light, the Air Jordan I in “Black/ Royal Blue” colorway or simply known as the Air Jordan I Royal. It was seen not just on the feet of Michael Jordan and other renowned professional basketball players, it was also a favorite high-top among skaters and BMX riders back in the day.
Hard not to get recognized as easy as pie, the Air Jordan 1 OG Black Royal Blue shoe flaunts a premium black leather with royal blue accents on the collar, toe box, heel, and huge side Swoosh – a fresh, new look that stands out from a sea of black and red AJ1s. The introduction of this third AJ1 colorway seemed to act like a catalyst in bringing more colors to the then-newcomer Air Jordan line.
From then on, a variation of Air Jordan 1 colorways flocked the market as well as newer and upgraded Air Jordan silhouettes. To this day that the Jordan line is a separate, whole new sports brand, it continues housing Jordan sneakers that include a touch of blue in their colorway lineups.
Iconic blue Jordan sneakers
Aside from the Air Jordan 1 Royal mentioned above that released initially in 1985, here are some of the most iconic blue shoes in the history of the Jordan brand:
Air Jordan 1 UNC
Also first seen in 1985 is the white and dark powder blue color combination on the classic Air Jordan 1 high-tops. Also known as the Air Jordan 1 UNC, it was a nod to the University of North Carolina (UNC) where Michael Jordan spent his college days and became part of its official basketball team that won the 1982 NCAA National Championship when he was a freshman. Among its signature features include the Nike Air branding on the tongue and the “Wings” Air Jordan branding on the collar.
In recent years, the renowned colorway has become one of the most anticipated retro releases from the US shoe brand. Recent Jordan shoes based on these iconic blue Jordan sneakers include the Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG, which follows the original ‘80s silhouette and displays a fresh white-powder blue color combo on the full leather upper and Air cushioned sole unit. It released as part of Jordan’s Holiday 2015 Retro Pack.
Another recent release inspired by this retro Jordan is the highly-sought, limited-edition collaborative release Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “UNC,” which retails at $190. The unique take on the AJ1 OG is the third shoe in the Virgil Abloh’s Off-White and Jordan collaboration following the red and white renditions that released earlier.
It dropped on June 23, 2018, featuring similar aesthetics as the OG silhouette but with added intricate details such as micro-perforations along the stitch seams, deconstructed look, mesh part at the tongue, and signature Off-White design touches.
Air Jordan 23 Titanium
One known, if not the most, blue and grey Jordan ever released is the Air Jordan 23 Titanium or otherwise known as the Air Jordan XX3 Premier – White/ Titanium/ University Blue. The 23rd installment in the renowned Air Jordan series released on January 25, 2008, for $230. Not like any standard release, the shoe was made available in very limited quantities of only 1,058 pairs (23 pairs at 23 select retailers) and expectedly sold out immediately.
Inspired by Michael Jordan’s alma mater, the University of North Carolina, the shoe displays a white leather and grey textile upper material with a unique computer-printed stitch pattern, mesh collar, and North Carolina blue accents throughout.
Air Jordan IV Military Blue
Released in 1989 is another classic Jordan shoe, the Air Jordan IV in Military Blue colorway. These Jordan shoes come in blue and white with a simple but on-point, street-ready design that anyone could wear on or off hoop courts. It has already been re-released twice – first on June 9, 2012, for $160 and again in 2016.
Commonly Asked Questions
Any styling tips for wearing blue Jordan sneakers?
Wear your pairs of blue Jordan sneakers with a set of outfit that complements the blue hue of your kicks. Since most Jordan sneakers give off an athletic vibe, you can wear them with a dressed-up look to somehow tone down the strong sporty aura that radiates from your feet.
Where can I buy a pair of blue Jordan sneakers?
Jordan sneakers, including those in blue colorways, are generally widely available across the Jordan brand's website, official stores, and partner retailers.
How do you clean Jordan sneakers with a blue suede upper?
Sneakers with a suede upper is a bit trickier to clean than those made with canvas, textile, leather, or other material since they can quickly get damaged. One thing to note when cleaning suede regardless of color is to use a special suede cleaning kit to maintain its color and quality. Do not use water as it will destroy the quality and aesthetic of your suede.
What are the most expensive Jordan sneakers?
Excluding unique collaborations and limited edition Jordan kicks, some of the most expensive Jordan sneakers available are the Jordan Spizike ($174) and the Jordan 6 Rings ($160).
Who owns the Jordan brand?
Although the first Air Jordan shoe came out in 1984, it was only in 1997 that the Jordan brand became a sub-brand of athletic sports brand Nike officially.
Are there any Jordan sneakers for women?
Yes. Sneakers such as the Jordan Future, Air Jordan 1 High Zip, Air Jordan 1 Retro High Premium, Air Jordan Retro 4 NRG, and Air Jordan 1 Retro Low Slip among others are offered in women’s sizing.
What is the size range offered for Jordan sneakers?
Jordan sneakers in men’s sizing are usually available from size 6 to 11 in D Standard width. Women's sizing, on the other hand, is from 5 to 12 in B Standard width. Half sizes are offered as well for most shoes.
Are Jordan shoes also available for kids?
Yes. Some Jordan sneaker models have sizes available for both boys and girls from infant to grade school.
What are the most common blue colorways from Jordan?
Some of the most popular blue-based colorways from the Jordan brand are the Royal Blue, Midnight Navy, University Blue, French Blue, and UNC.
What does the term "hybrid Jordan" means?
Hybrid Jordans are Jordan sneakers like the Spizike and the Son of Mars. These shoes are designed and constructed with design elements borrowed from earlier and iconic Jordan models, then fused altogether to form a whole new Jordan sneaker silhouette.