With everything that’s going on in the world right now, it can be easy to forget that the holidays are just around the corner. But it shouldn’t take much more than the angelic voice of our very own Christmas crooner Jose Mari Chan to remind you that the most wonderful time of the year has arrived. It’s also a good time to take stock of 2016—and for sneakerheads, that means reviewing the major sneaker releases of the year that was.
Were you among the people who hopped on the Boost bandwagon this year? Perhaps you picked up a pair of Flu Game 13s, White Cement 4s, or Bred 1s? Or maybe a pair of Yeezys? It’s definitely been a good year for sneakerheads, but the best news at this point is that it isn’t over yet. The last two months of the year (which, in the States, marks Black Friday) are usually very eventful in terms of sneaker releases, especially Air Jordans; around this time, you can expect something of a huling pasabog, if you will.
Here are the Air Jordan releases to look forward to for the remainder of the year. Try not to blow your thirteenth month pay too quickly.
1) Air Jordan 12 'Deep Royal Blue'
Red October is dead—all-blue sneakers are in. Heralding their arrival as a sneaker trend is a pair of Air Jordan 12s done up with ultra-premium suede in an extravagant all-blue colorway. This caps off 2016 for Jordan Brand with a strong fashion statement—one that’s very telling of the direction they intend to take going into 2017.
Target release date: November 12
2) Air Jordan 9 'Kobe'
When Kobe Bryant retired earlier this year, Jordan Brand revealed that they would be releasing what was originally a player exclusive for the Black Mamba. In the early 2000s, before he even had his own signature line with Nike, Kobe Bryant was a signature sneaker free agent. During this time, he wore a pair of specially-made, exclusive Jordan 9s in a Lakers colorway. Since then, they have been a coveted Kobe collectible—and now, they’re available to the public.
Target release date: November 19
3) Air Jordan 1 'Top Three'
Remember the “What The” Dunk SBs? They were the original hodge-podge colorway—the first to take a bunch of different parts of other colorways and mash them together in the same pair. It was an uncannily appealing Frankenstein monster of a sneaker, and one that would inspire the same in a pair of Lebron 11s, as well as in a pair of KD6s and even Air Max 95s. This latest iteration does the same for the Air Jordan 1, but with only three of its top colorways: Bred, Royal, and Black Toe.
Target release date: November 28
4) Air Jordan 3 'True Blue'
In August 2014, Jordan Brand declared that they were putting production of the Air Jordan 3 on hiatus, to the dismay of sneakerheads everywhere. The 3 is one of the most popular Air Jordan models ever—they were designer Tinker Hatfield’s first crack at His Airness’s feet, and they have since become incredibly successful. This year, the hiatus ends. Last October, Jordan released the “Cyber Monday” 3s—a clean, black-and-white colorway that was originally supposed to join the November releases. This November, they’re dropping an OG colorway of the 3—one of its most iconic: True Blue.
Target release date: November 25
5) Air Jordan 9 “Chicago”
Originally released in 1993, the Air Jordan 9 marked an unusual period in Michael Jordan’s career. He decided to focus more on his baseball career, eventually retiring from basketball, only to come back to the NBA in 1995. Nike decided to release the Jordan 9 anyway—in a Chicago Bulls colorway, no less—to continue his legacy. Also, most people forget that the OG colorway of the Jordan 9 was featured in Space Jam, which came out in 1996—because we now know, that wasn’t the most memorable shoe in the movie.
Target release date: December 3
6) Air Jordan 11 'Space Jam'
The Air Jordan 11 is one of His Airness’s most iconic signatures, and the Space Jam colorway is one of the best and most coveted among them. In case your recollection of the movie is hazy, these are the shoes he wore in the movie’s climax: the final game against the Monstars, which he won with very poorly-executed CGI dunk. Since then, the Space Jam 11s have been retro’d several times because of their popularity, but only now are they coming back with the number 45, instead of 23.
Target release date: December 10
Keep watch of Jordan retailers like Titan, which will definitely be dropping these sneakers locally over the next two months