Air Jordan are a type of shoe made by Jordan brand, a sub-division of Nike, which were created for and endorsed by Michael Jordan. The first Air Jordans were released in 1984 and there has been a new shoe released every year since then, even continuing after Michael Jordan retired from professional basketball. The first Air Jordans were called Air Jordan I, and every year the number increases by one. The final Air Jordans will be XXIII or XX3, in honor of his jersey number. The convention for basketball shoes in 1984 was to be all-white, but the first Air Jordans were black and red, which drew a lot of attention to the shoes, and helped make the Air Jordan name famous.
Air Jordans are classified by style and year they were produced. The five types are originals, player exclusive, retro, retro plus, and sample. Every year Jordan Brand releases only one pair of shoes that had been previously released. The reintroduced style is sometimes brought back in different color schemes. Air Jordans are only released for one day to keep the value and popularity on them high and to keep the retro style they have intact. Air Jordan also releases Team Jordan shoes which are separate from the signature line that is only on sale on day per year.
Nike Air Jordan Flight or Air Jordan Flight 23s are part of the team shoes that are on sale at all times. The Air Jordan Flights usually feature the jumpman logo on the side and are updated version of older Air Jordan models of combinations of previous Air Jordan models. The flight models are often less expensive than the signature models, owing to the non-limited quantities. Some Air Jordan flights are casual sneakers not meant for basketball playing and thusly are low-top or low-cut sneakers, unlike the typical high-top for basketball shoes. Several Nike Air Jordan Flights have been released as children’s shoes also.