Choosing the best Jordan 1 Low isn't as straightforward as you might think given the vast number of colourways on the market these days.
In fact, with the Jordan 1 regarded as one of the best basketball shoes of all time ever since its debut in the '80s, there have been almost too many amazing low-tops to count. Not only that, there have been a handful of amazing shoes similar to the Jordan 1 made over the years due to its immense popularity.
Therefore, adding to your sneaker collection can be tricky. Fortunately, we've rounded up some of the best Lows we could find to kick off your search for a new pair of shoes in the best way possible.
Rather than focusing on an all-time selection, we've narrowed things down to some of the more recently released models to make our selection a little easier, and to ensure the shoes we've chosen are more readily available than some of the classics.
From there, we've based our picks on their designs, taking interesting new arrangements as well as retro offerings into account to make sure we've selected only the best for our list. Stay tuned though, as we'll be updating our selection when more Lows, like the rumoured "Lucky Green" and "Black Cement" colourways, debut later this year.
Before that, here are our top picks available now. From amazing Jordan collabs to some out-and-out classic Jordan 1 colourways, these are the best Lows we could find.
Best Jordan 1 Low
- Air Jordan 1 Low "Shattered Backboard"
- Air Jordan 1 Low SE "Silver Toe"
- Air Jordan 1 Low "Bred Toe"
- Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low "Reverse Mocha"
- Air Jordan 1 Low "Bleached Coral"
Air Jordan 1 Low "Shattered Backboard"
The "Shattered Backboard" colourway is one of the most iconic and highly sought-after designs as it's named after the moment MJ literally shattered a backboard in Italy in 1985 during a Nike exhibition game.
This particularly low-top variation combines black nubuck with white and orange leather overlays.
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You also get the classic Nike Swooshes, the Jordan Wings insignias on the back, plus a modern-day Jumpman logo in blue on the tongue.
On the whole, we feel these sneakers would make for a great low-top pick if you're after a well-rounded pair of shoes to wear every day.
Air Jordan 1 Low SE "Silver Toe"
We feel there's a lot to like about these "Silver Toe" Jordan 1s beyond their relatively inexpensive price tag that put them in the mix with some of the best Jordan 1s under 200 dollars.
For example, the usual white underlays have been swapped out for metallic silver, giving the shoes a unique design that is sure to stand when on your feet.
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However, the colourway does remain loyal to some of Jordan's roots. The silver details are contrasted with classic black panels, lining, tongue, and Wings logo, whilst the whole sneaker sits on top of the iconic white midsole.
Ultimately, if you're looking for a pair of low-top Jordans on a budget, then we feel these 1s are well worth considering.
Air Jordan 1 Low "Bred Toe"
The "Bred Toe" Lows look to be a great option to consider for everyday wear that also draws a lot of inspiration from the original 1985 release widely regarded as one of the best Air Jordans of all time.
For example, this Jordan 1 features the same university red, white, and black colours from the classic "Bred". However, the arrangement on this Low differs slightly with the inclusion of the white across the middle and the slightly lower white Wings insignia on the heel.
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The rest of the sneakers features a red toe box that includes the classic Jordan 1 perforations, and black panels across most of the rest of the face.
All in all, if you're after one of the most recent Jordan releases to add to your sneaker rotation, then we feel these low-tops could be your answer.
Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low "Reverse Mocha"
When it comes to collaborations, one of the most hotly anticipated drops of 2022 was the "Reverse Mocha" Travis Scott 1s.
The coming together of music and fashion saw these sneakers sell out almost immediately and, when you look at the design, we feel it's easy to see why.
The combination of sail and brown gives the shoes a natural, earth-like feel alongside Travis Scott's signature reverse Swooshes and "Cactus Jack" branding.
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Moreover, their low-top silhouette should make the shoes easier to style and less restrictive for everyday wear, thus making them one of the best sneaker collabs released as of late.
That said, the "Phantom Black" Travis Scott 1s also deserve a shoutout with their all-black design and exposed white stitching. They may not quite make our list, but we feel they're still definitely worth checking out along with the rumoured "Olive" collab.
Air Jordan 1 Low "Bleached Coral"
In our opinion, the "Bleached Coral" Lows would make a perfect addition to your summer sneaker rotation thanks to their light colour scheme and low-top design.
Moreover, while the colour blocking is kept in the Jordan 1s original arrangement, the materials used to build the sneakers are slightly different.
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For instance, the white base layer is made from leather; however, the light pink panelling, along with some of the black overlays, appear to come in suede. As an aside, check out our guide to cleaning suede shoes right here.
Overall, these are definitely summery sneakers which, we think, would make for a great addition to any Jordan fans collection.
Air Jordan 1 Low "Purple Mocha"
The Air Jordan 1 Low "Purple Mocha" may not be to everyone's taste with its unique colour scheme. However, when it comes to standing out from the crowd, this low-top will no doubt have you covered.
The base of the shoe is white, but you get hits of Palomino across the mudguard, side panels, and heel counter. This is then completely contrasted by Wild Berry accents, including the side Swooshes and Jordan branding on the tongue.
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Ultimately, this Jordan low-top is worth taking a closer look at if you're interested in a slightly different take and style to the usual Jordan 1 aesthetic.
Frequently asked questions about Jordan 1 Lows
With so many different styles of Jordan 1s available, you may have a number of questions about them. Don't worry because we're here to clear up a few of the most common queries.
Does the Jordan 1 Low run big?
We've discussed whether Jordans run big before, but you may still be wondering how the Jordan 1 Lows fair.
Generally speaking, Jordans should fit true to size for everyday use and for on the court action, all the way through from the 1s to the 36s.
With that being said, you may find going a size up to be beneficial for playing in if you've got slightly wider feet as this should ensure your feet remain comfortable and supported, without feeling too tight and restrictive.
If you're unsure, you can normally find a size chart on Nike's website to give you extra peace of mind when purchasing your Jordans.
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Is the Jordan 1 Low comfortable?
All Jordan 1s include Nikes Air technology in the midsole which should provide you with a strong starting point for comfort.
One of the most important aspects of making sure your Jordan 1s are comfortable though is to make sure you get the right fit.
We'd recommend leaving about a finger's width of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe as this will make sure your sneakers are bending in the correct place as it should align to the natural bend of your foot.
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Does the Jordan 1 Low crease?
We've previously covered whether Jordan's crease, but didn't focus specifically on the Lows.
Generally speaking, creasing is an inevitable part of wearing sneakers, and, no matter how much you try to avoid it, they will show signs of ageing like creasing through consistent wear.
Also, as the Jordan 1s typically come with stiff leather-toe boxes, you may find they crease easier than other shoes.
One of the ways you can try and avoid creasing is by adding foam or cardboard inserts after every wear to keep the sneakers straightened out at all times.
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How do you lace the Jordan 1 Low?
One of the most common ways of lacing a pair of Jordan 1 Lows is to use essentially the exact same technique used to lace a pair of Jordan 1 Highs, you'd simply finish the process a little earlier.
Start by threading your shoelace through the first row of eyelets, then cross the two ends over in the middle and feed through the next eyelets up on the opposing sides.
Repeat this step all the way until you reach the top, making sure you leave another shoelace left on both sides to tie a knot.
For more information and a few alternative lacing methods, check out our guide to lacing Jordan 1s right here.
Where can you buy the new Jordan 1 Lows?
We've previously gone into detail about the best places to buy Jordans as well as sneakers here.
In both articles, we recommend checking out the Nike website as your first port of call for the latest Jordan drops. The only exception to this may be when it comes to collaborations, as it could drop exclusively through the brand Jordan is teaming with. This is rare though, so make sure you're still checking in with Nike.
It's also worth keeping in mind that Nike usually launches its newest footwear through its SNKRS page by listing upcoming releases slightly ahead of their arrival.
If you're not able to pick up the Jordans you're after directly through Nike, then we'd recommend checking out resale sites like StockX or GOAT which authenticates every sneaker purchase to ensure what you're getting is legit.