There are hundreds of different basketball shoes on the market at any given time and plenty of players have their own line of shoes. From Shaquille O’Neal to Stephon Marbury, almost every star has tried their hand (or foot) at a shoe line. However, nobody has topped Michael Jordan, with the Air Jordan brand being by far the most popular in basketball history. Out of the many generations of Air Jordans, which ones are the best, though? Here are our top five:
5. Air Jordan VI
When you think of sleek basketball shoes, the Air Jordan VI is one of the first ones that come to mind. At $125 upon its 1991 release, the ones that Jordan wore on the court were mostly white with red trim, black tongues, and white laces.
Other variations were made, including mostly black with red and white soles that also showed Jordan’s more aggressive playstyle. With several reissues since the Air Jordan VI has been the baseline for a lot of different styles over the years.
4. Air Jordan XI
A lot of the Air Jordans on the list were among the younger generations, but the later generation Air Jordan XI remains one of the best. The Air Jordan XI was released in 1995 along with the announcement that Jordan was returning to the NBA following his initial retirement.
The sneaker, which was white with black trim and featured the Jumpman logo on the outer back heel, became synonymous with mid-1990s fashion. Tinker Hatfield designed the Air Jordan XI for Nike and said it was the best that he had ever done. This version was more durable, yet lighter, making it the ultimate basketball shoe.
3. Air Jordan IV
Released in 1989, the Air Jordan IV didn’t have a significant redesign from its predecessor but was featured prominently in one of the most iconic photographs in sports history. During the 1989 playoffs, Jordan and the Bulls were facing the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls were down in the winner-take-all game, but Jordan hit a jump shot over Craig Ehlo to allow the Bulls to advance.
Jordan was wearing black Jordan IV shoes with red soles, leaping into the air and pumping his fist following the shot. That image would be ingrained into the minds of sports fans around the world, launching the Jordan brand shoes into the stratosphere.
2. Air Jordan I
Of course, you can’t have a list of the best Air Jordans without talking about the pair that started it all: the Air Jordan I. Designed by Peter Moore, the original Air I was released in 1985 during Jordan’s amazing rookie season. Nike knew that Jordan was going to be one of the biggest stars in the league, giving him a signature shoe in the process.
There have been a lot of reissues and redesigns of the iconic Air I since their release, but the original always remains the eye-catching classic. The red and white design really pops, with the black Nike swoosh on the side. Only a few knew what kind of international sensation the Jordan brand would be when this shoe was released.
1. Air Jordan III
While there were two other Air Jordans by the time the third generation came around, this was the one that made the shoes into a global phenomenon. This was the line that made the Jordan brand a fashion trend, with people lining up to get their hands on a pair. To this day, Air Jordan III’s are getting remakes and updated versions while the original pairs are selling for big bucks through auctions both in-person and online.
At the time of its release in 1988, the Air Jordan III cost $100 and had some tweaks from the first two generations. The Air Jordan III didn’t feature the swoosh, and introduced the Jumpman logo for the first time, placing it on the tongue. That alone made the generation of Jordans an icon that still holds up today.
We all know some amazing benefits of making your clothes. Not only do you get to control the fit and the look, but you can also save a lot of money in the process. But what if I told you that there are even more reasons to start sewing than you thought? Here are five compelling reasons why you should consider making your clothes:
1. You’ll save money in the long run.
Like most people, you probably spend a lot of money on clothes yearly. But what if you could cut that expense down significantly by making your clothes? Not only will you save money on the actual clothing items themselves, but you’ll also avoid costly dry cleaning and alterations bills.
2. You’ll have better-fitting clothes.
Off-the-rack clothing is often ill-fitting, especially for people outside the “standard” size range. By making your own clothes, you can ensure that they’ll fit you perfectly, regardless of your body type.
3. You’ll be able to express your unique style.
When you make your clothes, you’re not limited to what you can find in stores. You can sew whatever you like, whether a replica of a designer dress or something completely original that you designed yourself. And because you’ll be the only one with that particular piece, you’ll be guaranteed to turn heads whenever you wear it!
4. You’ll be supporting local businesses and artisans.
If you purchase fabric and notions from local businesses, you’ll support your community while getting high-quality materials for your projects. And if you buy vintage fabrics, you’ll give new life to old items instead of contributing to the growing problem of textile waste.
5. You’ll be developing a valuable skill.
In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to have a skill that a machine can’t easily replicate. By learning how to sew, you’ll acquire a valuable skill that will always be in demand. And who knows? You might even enjoy it so much that you decide to turn it into a business!
As you can see, there are many great reasons to start sewing your clothes. So why not give it a try? You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it!
Men, we get it–you want to look good, but the rules of fashion can feel constricting. Good news: you don’t have to follow all the rules to be stylish. Let’s take a look a some of the fashion faux pas that are actually ok to break.
A deep v-neck t-shirt is regarded as a fashion no-no by some, but the look can be great if you have the chest for it–and you wear it with confidence. If you decide to rock a deep v-neck t-shirt or sweater, keep the rest of your look simple, and don’t try to accessorize your chest with bling. Keep your look classic (and don’t skip the moisturizer–you’ll want to look fresh and smooth).
Untucked dress shirts are sometimes regarded as thumbs down in men’s fashion. If you wear the shirt right (and you have the right fit), an untucked dress shirt can be a casual, fun look that’s perfect for a laid-back dinner at the beach. You’ll want to be sure the rest of your outfit matches your casual, untucked vibe, and make sure that your shirt fits your form in a way that looks like it was done on-purpose (you might want to hit up a tailor before you give this look a go). Be sure that the venue you’re attending is appropriate for this look (an untucked shirt doesn’t fly at a black tie wedding the way it does at a beachside BBQ).
Sneakers as dress shoes are sometimes thought of as a bad idea for men, but the look as become popular in recent years. With a little effort, you can rock comfortable athletic shoes with even a nice suit. Be sure that your shoes are sparkling clean, and make sure they match the vibe of your suit (you wouldn’t want to wear basketball shoes with a velour suit, for example). Make it clear that the look is intentional–and you didn’t just forget your dress shoes at home.
Our fourth men’s fashion faux pas that can actually work: mixing patterns. When you’re wearing a patterned jacket, a checkered shirt can actually work, if you feel comfortable enough to wear it with confidence. It can be tough to get the look right on the first try–don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns until you find a look that you feel comfortable rocking. Taking a fashion risk requires an air of confidence, so be sure to step out with a smile.
Our final fashion faux pas that you can actually get away with: a thin necktie. Some fashion experts will tell you that this look is outdated, and can make you look older than your years. We disagree. When paired with a clean, crisp suit, a skinny tie is a classic look that can invoke a feeling of simpler times.
No matter what you wear, remember: confidence is everything. When you love the way you look, you’ll pull off whatever style you choose.
Ladies, we’re here to say it loud and clear: if you rock your look with confidence, you can make anything look good. Here, we’re taking a look at some common fashion faux pas that you can forget about.
Our first faux pas that’s actually fine: bathing suits or dresses loaded with ruffles. A feminine, flirty touch, ruffles allow your clothes to move with you, and provide anyone around with a gorgeous show (not that that’s what your clothing choices are about–but it can be a nice touch if that’s what you’re into). Wear those ruffles with pride, and don’t worry about whether they look bulky, as long as you like the cut of the dress or swimsuit.
Some fashion experts say that animal print patterns are out, but we disagree. If you love the way you look rocking a cheetah print outfit or zebra stripes, wear your look with confidence. Feel like full-on animal print is too bold? Just a hint of animal print–like a scarf or shoes–can add a fun, wild, bold touch to your outfit without calling too much attention to yourself. Animal print accessories can also be a fun way to amp up the wow factor of any outfit.
Mixing gold and silver jewelry is also a no-no according to some fashion experts, but you can actually pair the two metals in a way that works. If you decide that you want to wear silver and gold together, shoot for an even match. Layering your jewelry can help set the look off (for example, layer silver and gold bracelets instead of going with silver for bracelets and gold for earrings). Mixing different tones within one metal family (for example, yellow gold and rose gold) can also be a fun and unexpected look.
Tunics are a comfy, flowing option for every season of the year, and there’s no need to shy away from a billowy look. If you opt for a loose-fitting top, you may want to go with a tighter-fitting bottom (like a fitted jean or legging) to balance out the look. If you choose a patterned tunic, keep your accessories simple. A plain tunic in a natural color (like white or blue) is a fun canvas for accessories, so feel free to glam it up.
Super-high heels are debated in some fashion circles, but we think you should rock any heel that makes you feel comfortable. If you love the way your legs look in sky-high stilettos, there’s no reason to keep your heels on the low end. The key to wearing any size of heel is to walk comfortably and confidently. If you’re struggling to strut around in your heels, be sure to take some time to wear them around the house as you work to get comfortable with your new height. With a few evenings of rocking your heels at home, you’ll be able to walk out like you’re on the catwalk in no time.