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Jordan Retro Year in Review

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Year after year as the hype around Jordan Brand’s retro releases builds up, they seem to bring it harder every year. So, let’s take quick look and recap some of this year’s biggest releases that caused long lines and down websites.

Things didn’t heat up this year until September with the release of the Air Jordan VII “Raptors” colorway. It’s been a while since the Jordan VII has been retro’d, but it came back with a vengeance as one of the most coveted Jordan sneakers this year.

The re-release of the “Cool Grey” Air Jordan IX was a much-welcomed return for sneaker fanatics. Everyone loves the Cool Grey colorway, and Jordan Brand’s selection of which silhouette gets Cool Grey treatment has been spot on and well-deserved.

Jordan fanatics are always clamoring for colorways that were originally released way back when, and Jordan Brand granted their wishes with the “Bred” Air Jordan IV that was released in November. It’s all-black suede upper was an automatic cop for fans of the silhouette, and folks over at Jordan felt it was due time to let the public get their hands on this shoe.

Just a few weeks ago, the “Playoff” Air Jordan XI was brought back once again, from the third time since being originally released in 1996. The Jordan XI model is known for causing quite a ruckus in the sneaker community with people showing up in droves for a chance to score a pair of them, and with this latest re-release, it’s safe to say that the popularity isn’t dying anytime soon.

Another big release this year for Jordan Brand was the Kilroy Pack of Air Jordan IX’s, which featured six different colorways of the same silhouette. The backstory behind the shoe comes from the absence of Michael Jordan from the hardwood, leaving the playing open for a Michael Jordan-like player to fill the void, by the name of Johnny Kilroy.

Jordan didn’t leave anything on the table this year regarding releases, so it’ll be exciting to see what they have in store for next year. Stay locked in with FinishLine.com to remain updated on the latest releases.