First Half’s Best: Top Air Jordan Releases

To start off the First Half’s Best awards, we are going to present you with what we believe are the top five Air Jordan Retro releases from the first six months of 2011.  We saw plenty of heat including multiple pairs of 7’s, 5’s, and 3’s.  Continue reading to check out our choices, and leave some comments to let us know why you agree or disagree.

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5th Place – Year of the Rabbit 7:  Coming in at number five are the Year of the Rabbit 7’s.  Released to honor the Chinese New Year (although a few months late), these kicks were modeled after the Hare 7’s of 1991.  They came in an outstandingly decorated box, and were extremely limited.  The uniqueness of this release makes it the first of multiple 7’s to appear on our First Half’s Best.

4th Place – Cardinal 7:  Back-to-back 7’s start off our list.  The Cardinals are an original MJ colorway that just released for the second time in six years.  The quality on these is fantastic, and they appear extremely clean.  The mix of tumbled and smooth leathers really makes the hits of cardinal red and gold pop.  The Cardinal 7’s have just enough to beat out the YOTR’s for the fourth spot on the list.

3rd Place – Premio Bin23 5:  The Bin23 5’s take the third spot on our list.  The fifth installment in the Bin23 series, the 5’s were quite a big hit.  The all black leather gives the shoes a very luxurious look.  The fact that the 5’s are one of the most popular and sought after retro models doesn’t hurt either.

2nd Place – True Blue 3: The third 3’s released so far in 2011, the True Blues are the only to make the list.  An original MJ colorway, this was the first time the states had seen a release since 2001.  2011’s True Blues came out great.  The cement print is on point, and the extended true blue midsole is a nice touch.  The 3’s were Michael’s favorite model, and this year’s True Blues are one of our favorite releases.

1st Place – Bordeaux 7: Finally retroed for the first time since 1992, the Bordeaux 7’s take the first spot on our list.  The kicks MJ wore in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game once again became available to the general public.  Although many of those rocking the 2011 Bordeauxs probably weren’t even alive when Mike first debuted them, this is one of the most classic, and timeless colorways of any Jordan model.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Cement 3
  • Wolf Grey 5
  • Taxi 12 Low
  • Playoff 13
  • Banned 1 (although not technically released)

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