Speculation about the Jordan brand entering the skate shoe world has echoed for years between select shop owners & for those in the know, but this is the first kind of visual confirmation we’ve ever seen.
When Jordan debuted the Phat Low in 2008, which was supposed to serve as their first skateable model, it was rumored that Stevie Williams was going to be the frontrunner in promoting the Jordan Skate program. As to what happened to that deal is undisclosed but as with Nike in their early SB years, Jordan has continuously tried to enter the skateboarding footwear market behind closed curtains (and has failed). It’s undeniable that a majority of skate shoes have undoubtedly been inspired by Jordan & his timeless silhouettes. More so, whether you’d like to admit it or not, we can all agree that Jordan designers would probably make some of the most progressive designs in skateboarding footwear. As you might imagine, this would lead to intensely high price points but we can’t say if it’d be any different than what kids & consumers are paying for now anyways.
Rather than speculate even further, we’ve decided to have fun with this newly found rumor instead. After all, some of the most infamous skateboarding has taken place in numerous pairs of J’s. Even one of our favorite skate parts features a pair of these illustrious non-skate shoes. Below is our list of Top-5 pairs of J’s that could easily be converted for skateboarding.
5. Jordan Phat Low
Seeing as how it was naturally suppose to be the first shoe of their skate line, it makes sense to feature it at the top of our list. We can’t say whether the Dunk Low & the Jordan Phat Low are much different aesthetically but we’re wondering if they have any differences on the technical side. Seemingly, the construction of both shoes look identical & leads us to believe that you’re probably buying the Jordan labeling rather than an advancement in skate shoes. They’re currently cheaper on eBay, anyone want to
skate buy a pair for us to review?
4. Jordan 3′s
With recessed laces & a triple threat of protection along the toe, Jordan 3′s would probably resemble the D3 in durability. The airbag construction always wins extra points with us & just looks good. As to whether the board feel is any good remains to be unseen (we doubt it’s even there though).
3. Jordan Flipsyde
Another supposed addition to the skateboarding side of the Jordan brand was the short-lived Jordan Flipsyde. Through the construction of this shoe, it became apparent that the designers at Jordan were a few years behind in noticing the constant change of trends within skateboarding footwear. The Flipsyde was released in 2008-2009 & was sent directly to outlet malls where mistakes go to die. Although it was years behind in design, the outsole was something admirable because it actually showed some promise.
2. Jordan 5′s
Had it not been for Wade Desarmo skating a pair in the Top Dollar video, many of us wouldn’t probably consider skating a pair of 5′s. Since that moment, much has changed. In fact, it was probably that same clip that sparked the interest of making Jordan-skateable models. There’s also a clear resemblance between this shoe & countless other models within the skateboarding world. Ahem…
1. Air Jordan 1It’s an obvious fact that this shoe is in the number one slot. Many of the living legends of today first started skating in a pair of Chucks or Air Jordan 1′s. There are countless examples, this one being probably the most prolific for skateboarding. Super simple & straight to the point, this shoe is not only responsible for spring boarding the most famous basketball player of all time, but also the most creative skateboarders of all time too. It’s probably because of this fact that the exec’s over at Jordan thought that they could co-exist with other skateboarding brands today. Unfortunately, we, as skateboarder’s, tend to easily forget that the Jordan 1 has it’s place within skateboarding footwear history.
It’s unclear as to whether Jordan will ever make another run at entering the skateboarding market again. As said before, it’s taken many brands years of tactical errors before getting it right. More than ever, skateboarder’s have been accepting of outside brands entering our small but growing world. If Toyota now has a place in skateboarding, why not Jordan?