Close your eyes for a second, and say red Jordans. We can almost guarantee that the only Jordan that comes to mind is the ghost of the 1985 BANNED colorway.
Every time we see a Jordan with a hint of red or whiff of BRED, it takes us back to 1985. It is the first Jordan in line and it represents the past, present, and future of the Jordan brand! Our entire identity as Jordan lovers is linked to this rule-breaking Jordan. The one that Nike had to pay a $5,000 fine per game to keep them on court!
But, odds are we ain’t getting no retro of the Banned colorway this year. Especially since it had recently restocked in a mid-top back in 2020. Therefore, we’ll just settle with whatever Jordan looks like it. Anything remotely near the Banned colorway is a DEFINITE win! And, luckily for us, the Jordan brand knows that too! So, here are our top 5 picks of red Jordans inspired by the Banned ghost of 1985!
TOP 5 RED JORDANS
Before we jump right into the list of red Jordans we’ve got so far, we gotta introduce THE red Jordan. We’re talking about none other than the Air Jordan 1 OG Bred!
Here’s how the story of the little red Jordan goes! So, once upon a time, back in 1984, Michael Jordan signed a sneaker deal. The legend goes that MJ was fined $5,000 by the NBA for every time he wore the Banned colorway. Why? Because it reportedly broke the league’s uniform rules that prohibited black and red shoes! Of course, Nike supposedly kept paying the fines for Jordan and even went on to create a campaign around it. Watch it here!
But, here’s the plot twist!
Die-hard Jordan fans rationalize that the OG Banned colorway was not a Jordan at all! In fact, it was an Air Ship instead – the real banned sneaker. But, leave it to Nike to stick with the more epic storyline. To this day, the Banned colorway remains one of the most expensive red Jordans in the world. Other than Chicago, of course!
Release Date: September 15th, 1985
Retail Price: $65
Average Resale Value: $15,000
Jordan 1 x Off-White
Red Jordans Model: Jordan 1 x Off-White CHICAGO
Release Date: November 9th, 2017
Retail Price: $190
Average Resale Value: $5,188
This is one of the very special red Jordans of the industry. It is the first time that Virgil Abloh collaborated with the Jordan Brand during “The Ten” release. It came in the OG Chicago-themed white, black, and Varsity red colorway. But only F&F royals grabbed onto the red Jordans limited to 223 pairs! A resale value of $5,330 must be equivalent to a private tour of MJ’s actual trophy room.
Jordan 1 Retro Satin
Red Jordans Model: Jordan 1 Retro SATIN BANNED
Release Date: October 18th, 2016
Retail Price: $175
Average Resale Value: $3,539
Next! We’ve got another legacy of the red Jordans! Just like the 2017 Off- White Retro, this Jordan took inspiration from the BANNED colorway. Heavy inspiration! Only 501 pairs were released at an NYC pop-up.
Jordan 5 Retro Trophy Room F&F
Red Jordans Model: Jordan 5 Retro TROPHY ROOM
Release Date: May 18th, 2019
Retail Price: $200
Average Resale Value: $4,184
Third, we’ve got an AJ5! This Jordan came as a special iteration designed for friends and family, and was limited to just 223 pairs! This is why it has a VERY huge resale value! Regardless, this Jordan collaboration with the Orlando-based retailer, Trophy Room is one of the most epic collabs to date!
Jordan 1 Retro Trophy Room
Red Jordans Model: Jordan 1 Retro TROPHY ROOM
Release Date: February 10th, 2021
Retail Price: $190
Average Resale Value: $2,678
Moving on! Another memorable moment with the same collaboration is 2021’s Air Jordan 1 Trophy Room. Yes, we’re talking about the backdooring Nike scandal! This Jordan pays homage to MJ’s first All-Start appearance in the 1985 NBA ALl-Star Game in Indianapolis. Rumor has it…
Jordan 1 Retro Golf Cleat
Red Jordans Model: Jordan 1 Retro Golf Cleat CHICAGO
Release Date: February 10th, 2017
Retail Price: $200
Average Resale Value: $1,561
Finally, the last Jordan on this list. A style fit for the greens! This red Jordan is a literal OG-turned golf shoe! The classic AJ1 got fitted with some savage spikes on its outsoles to become one of the most coveted golf shoes. Does it work? Well, the 1.5K resale says it does!
And so, this concludes our list of the most epic red Jordans ever! But, we’ve still got a few memorable, honorable mentions. This includes this year’s Raging Bull 5s – one of the best-selling Jordans of the year 2021! Another epic Jordan is the Jordan 4 Red Thunder, and also the Jordan 13 Red Flint. All of them are epic successors of the unforgettable BANNED colorway!
BUT, thankfully, using a sneaker bot to cop all of these Jordans at retail is not banned! So, you might as well make good use of being able to use one by USING ONE! You can learn all about them by clicking on the button below. Trust us. With BURNING RED resale values, you gotta check it out.