Best Air Jordans 2022: Top new and retro designs available now

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When searching for the best Air Jordans, it's important to consider what exactly it is you're looking for and what you're looking to get out of the sneakers in order to determine which pair are right for you.

For example, if you're looking for something well-rounded to play in, then it may be worth considering something like the Air Jordan 36 or the new Jordan 37s that feature the brand's latest and most advanced technology engineered toward performing on the court.

However, if you're after a stylish pair for everyday wear, then something like these old-school "Visionaire" 1s may be more suitable.

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Fortunately, we've compiled a list of our top picks from some of Jordan's most recent releases to help you find the right sneakers for your own personal needs.

With that in mind, here's our list of the best Air Jordans available now...

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Best Air Jordans For Basketball - Air Jordan 36

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If you're after a top pair of Jordans for basketball, then these 36s could be the sneakers for you as they feature some of Nike's latest and most advanced technology to give you the edge on the court.

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For instance, you get a 2-loop band system plus high sidewalls which have been engineered to deliver side-to-side stability for intercepting the ball on defence, or for take-off as you attack the rim.

They also feature full-length Zoom Air Strobel units stitched directly to the uppers, and Zoom Air underneath the forefoot areas for added protection against contact.

On the whole, we feel it's hard to look past these sneakers if you're searching for one of the best basketball shoes around to help you stand out on the court.

Best Air Jordans For Everyday Wear - Air Jordan 4 "White Oreo"

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Moving on to a specific colourway and the slightly more understated yet stylish "White Oreo" 4s as we feel they could be a great option to add to your daily sneaker rotation.

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Jordan wore a black version of the 4s when he scored "The Shot", a last-second buzzer-beater to win the 1989 NBA playoffs, leading to the Jordan 4s being one of the most popular models the brand produces.

However, these particular 4s feature a near all-white design bar the red embroidered Jumpman on the tongue, and grey accents on the midsole.

For everyday use, the "White Oreo" comes with Nike Air for added cushioning which should ensure your feet remain comfortable throughout your day, making them ideal for everyday use.

Best Air Jordans On A Budget - Jordan Why Not .5

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This Why Not .5 is Russell Westbrook's fifth signature sneaker that has a lot to offer Jordan fans for a relatively inexpensive price.

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Firstly, it comes with large-volume Zoom Air units underneath that are designed to increase energy returns to help you generate explosive bursts of speed, much like Westbrook himself.

Moreover, these Jordans come with updated cushioning, data-informed traction, and a full-foot fit system to keep you locked in and in control on the court.

Their bright, bold, and almost random design also make them stand out, which is just another reason why we feel the Why Not .5s are worth adding to your collection.

Best Air Jordan Highs - Air Jordan 1 High OG "Visionaire"

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We feel the "Visionaire" Jordan 1s are a great example of the brand taking its iconic high-top silhouette and colour blocking but freshing things up with a new lick of paint to create a design that's both new and exciting.

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These sneakers come dressed in bright neon Volt tones across the overlayed panels, which we feel perfectly contrasts the timeless white and black colour scheme beneath.

Ultimately, the Jordan 1 High is a classic, and this "Visionaire" looks to be one of the best of Nike's most recent high-top releases, perhaps even one of the best Jordan 1 colourways on the market right now.

Best Air Jordan Lows - Air Jordan 1 Low "Bred Toe"

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The "Bred Toe" Jordan 1s take the crown as one of the best low-tops available right now, which is why we featured it in our best Jordan 1 Lows list.

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What we like about this shoe, in particular, is that it comes decked out in an adapted "Bred" colour palette, the main difference being the inclusion of the white on the upper which is black on the original 1985 high-top.

Elsewhere, the sneaker comes with a white 'winged' insignia on the back which pays homage to the "Bred" history and adds another retro element to this Jordan 1.

Best Air Jordan Mids - Air Jordan 1 Mid "Taxi"

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The "Taxi" Mids combine the Jordan 1s classic colour blocking with an iconic style that's been used ever since they debuted in 1985 on the feet of Michael Jordan himself.

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Rather than the OG University Red accents, these Jordans arrive with bright yellow overlays reminiscent of the typical colour of a New York-style taxi, hence their nickname.

Ultimately, we're a big fan of the "Taxi" Mids design and colour scheme, hence its inclusion on our list.

Best Air Jordans For Hypebeasts - Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low "Reverse Mocha"

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One of the most sought-after sneakers released by Jordan this year has been the "Reverse Mocha" 1s launched in collaboration with Travis Scott.

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The shoes sold out in seconds and now command a hefty price on the resale market, although their exclusivity isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, this essentially makes them a hypebeasts dream as you'll be able to stand out from the crowd rocking these "Reverse Mocha" low-tops.

Design-wise, they feature various brown and beige tones complemented by bright red accents. They also feature the usual reverse Swooshes along the sides as per Travis Scott's signature style. All in all, they're some of the most unique Jordans we've seen from the brand this year.

Best Air Jordans For Support - Jordan Zion 2

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Zion Williamson once broke his shoe in half during a game when his foot went right through to the floor. As a result, Zion's second signature shoe is built with a performance cup sole, which wraps around the foot for a little extra support.

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You also get an additional forefoot strap that works in tandem with the lacing system for optimal comfort and a secure lock-in.

In terms of cushioning, the Jordan Zion 2s come with a new Strobel layout, shifting it from a full-length unit to a heel focus, allowing for 20% more Zoom Air around the forefoot for a smoother, responsive, and more comfortable landing on the heel following an explosive dunk.

Best Collaborative Air Jordans - J Balvin vs Air Jordan 2

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International music artist J Balvin teamed up with Nike to reveal these unique sky-blue Jordan 2s earlier this year, and we think they're instantly one of the best collaborations we've seen.

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The usual Jordan 2 silhouette remains the same, however, the overall aesthetic of these shoes is completely different to anything Jordan or Nike has dropped before.

For instance, the uppers are made from a ripstop material, while the heel overlays and interior lining feature cloud graphics accented by J Balvin's smiley face logo to resemble the sun.

They also feature reflective details which help make these shoes really stand out from the crowd.

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