1) Jordan 1 Retro High Dior
Jordan Brand connected with Parisian fashion house Dior to create history with the Jordan 1 Retro High Dior. This is the first time that Jordan has collaborated with a legacy fashion label like Dior, making this release one for the books. This release was limited to only 8,500 pairs, each pair individually numbered. This Jordan 1 Retro High is composed of a white and grey leather upper with traditional Dior monogram print Swoosh. These shoes are made in Italy with premium materials. Co-branded icy translucent soles, Dior branded tongue and Wings logo, and a silver “Air Dior” hang tag completes the design. These sneakers released in April of 2020 and retailed for $2,000.
2) Nike SB Dunk Low Ben & Jerry's Chunky Dunky
Nike SB and Ben & Jerry’s joined forces to add a new animated release to SB history with the Nike SB Dunk Low Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Dunky (F&F Packaging). Drawing inspiration from Ben & Jerry’s colorful ice cream pint packaging, this release goes beyond a simple new colorway and features unique detailing that has never been used on the Dunk Low silhouette. This Nike SB Dunk Low is composed of a cloudy blue sky and green meadow leather upper with faux cowhide on the overlays and tongues. Yellow Swooshes on the side resemble melting ice cream with leather protruding the standard pattern in a drip-like fashion. Tie-dye interiors, Ben & Jerry’s style Nike branding on the heel tab, and a white and green sole completes the design. These sneakers released in May of 2020 and retailed for $100 USD.
3) Nike SB Dunk Low Grateful Dead Bears
Nike Skateboarding teamed up with legendary psychedelic rock band Grateful Dead to release the Nike SB Dunk Low Grateful Dead Bears Yellow. The design theme of this collaboration pays homage to the Grateful Dead Bears, a series of stylized dancing bears illustrated by Bob Thomas on the back cover of the album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice) in 1973. The SB Dunk Low Grateful Dead Bears Yellow features a fuzzy yellow faux-fur upper with suede overlays and a jagged Swoosh to represent the stylization of the bear’s chest fur. A hidden stash pocket is featured inside the tongue that is perfect for extra storage. A yellow midsole, blue outsole, and signature Grateful Dead branding on the tongue complete this euphoric design. These sneakers released in July of 2020 and retailed for $110 USD.
4) Nike Vaporwaffle Sacai
After months of anticipation, Nike and Sacai officially released the Nike Sacai Vaporwaffle, the latest addition to their ongoing collaboration. The VaporWaffle debuted in early 2020 as part of Sacai’s Fall 2020 Menswear runway show, and featured an even more abstract design than its predecessor, the Nike LD Waffle Sacai. The Nike Sacai Vaporwaffle Black / White takes cues from the Swoosh’s original Waffle sole and flips it on its head by adding a thicker, stacked midsole that peeks out from the heel. Next, the upper shares similarities with the Nike Cortez, but swaps out the traditional leather with black suede and mesh to its entirety for breathability. Just like their past projects with Nike, Sacai adds both a second Swoosh in white and tongue to the sneaker, continuing their layered motif.The Nike Sacai Vaporwaffle Black / White released in November of 2020 and retailed for $180.
5) Jordan 5 Retro Off-White
Virgil Abloh added a second Jordan silhouette to his series of Nike collaborations with the Jordan 5 Retro High Off-White Black. This release pays homage to the first Jordan that Virgil ever owned, the Air Jordan 5 Black Metallic. In signature fashion, Virgil has reimagined this classic silhouette in a way that embraces the importance of Nike Air technology. This Jordan 5 is comprised of a black textile mesh upper with translucent netted panels and circular window inserts throughout the shoe. 3M reflective tongues, fire red Jordan branding, and an aged translucent outsole completes the design. These sneakers released in February of 2020 and retailed for $225.
6) Jordan 4 Retro Manila
Releasing exclusively at Nike Manila in the Philippines is a hyperstrike drop of the Air Jordan 4 “Manila”, the country’s capital. Inspired by the city’s official flag, this highly exclusive drop – limited to a mere 150 pairs – is covered in quality green leathers with an ostrich texture on the tongue and a “stingray” leather texture on the mudguard. Offset with a sharp back on the nettings, laces, exterior wings + heel, and sockliner, the Air Jordan 4 “Manila” also features a yellow Jumpman hangtag with hits of red, blue, and yellow on the outsole – a nod to the flag of the Philippines. This is the first such exclusive to the country, so there’s no question these will be highly, highly sought after.
(Via Sneaker News)
7) Jordan 1 Retro High J Balvin
During the halftime performance at Super Bowl LIV, Latin sensation J Balvin unveiled a pair of signature tie-dye Jordan 1s that the world had never seen before. Then, in December of 2020, J Balvin and Jordan Brand got psychedelic and released the Air Jordan 1 High J Balvin. The Air Jordan 1 High J Balvin features a layered tie-dye canvas upper with designed jagged edges to expose solid black leather patches. Exposed foam tongues give off a vintage feel to the shoe, while velcro patches on the heel depicting Jordan and J Balvin insignia’s provide wearers with the freedom to customize their pair. A light pink sole and J Balvin’s smiley face logo on the tongue and insole add the finishing touches to this one-of-a-kind Jordan 1. The Jordan 1 High J Balvin released in December of 2020 and retailed for $190.
8) Jordan 4 Retro Off-White Sail
Jordan Brand and Virgil Abloh teamed up once again to release the third silhouette in their collaborative history with the Jordan 4 Retro Off-White Sail (W). After teasing the release of the Off-White 4 with samples in his MCA exhibit and presenting them in his Off-White FW2020 Women’s Show, Virgil Abloh finally delivered what might be the most anticipated release of 2020. The Air Jordan 4 Sail features full-grain leather uppers with hits of mesh and translucent materials on the toebox and heel of the shoe. From there, hits of light blue on the tongue’s Jumpman and the outsole’s Nike Swoosh provide contrast to the sail colored sneaker. These sneakers released in July of 2020 and retailed for $200 USD.
9) Jordan 4 Retro Union Off Noir
2020 brings another Union LA collaboration with Jordan Brand with the Air Jordan 4 Union LA Off Noir. Similar to 2018’s unique construction, the product of this second partnership isn’t immune to creative design. The Air Jordan 4 Union LA Off Noir features a mixture of materials and colors. The upper is constructed out of black, white, and blue mesh, suede, and nylon. Hits of, what looks like infrared, can be found on the Nike Air heel and the tip of the wings. These Union Jordans dropped in August of 2020 and retailed for $225.
10) Jordan 1 Retro High Dark Mocha
Jordan Brand continued their Black Toe design theme in 2020 and released the Jordan 1 High Dark Mocha. The Dark Mocha 1 was one of the most anticipated releases in 2020 due to its familiar colorblocking that referenced two of the greatest Jordan 1s of all-time, the Jordan 1 Travis Scott and the Jordan 1 Black Toe. The upper of the Jordan 1 High Dark Mocha features a Sail leather base with black leather surrounding the toe box and Mocha suede on the heel and ankle. A black leather Swoosh, Jordan Wings logo on the ankle, and Nike Air branding on the tongue pays homage to branding that can be found on the original 1985 Jordan 1. A Sail midsole and black outsole complete this Black Toe design. The Jordan 1 High Dark Mocha released in October of 2020 and retailed for $175.