A History of Kanye West Wearing Air Jordans

Over the course of the ’80s and ’90s, Michael Jordan taught us how to fly in his Air Jordan sneakers.

Over the course of the ’00s and early ’10s, Kanye West rewrote the rules on how to be fly in Air Jordan sneakers.

While Mike was most certainly a style icon in his playing days and his shoes always had casual crossover off the court during said run, Kanye definitely deserves credit for some of the re-popularization of Air Jordans during the early stages of the retro craze. Stunting on a Jumbotron and passing by paparazzi, West was often seen repurposing the relics with a mix of modern streetwear, designer labels, hipster basics and luxury pieces.

Dating back to his days of not having a sneaker deal to being inked with the Swoosh, see a history of Kanye West wearing Air Jordans over the years in the photos below.

Kanye West in the Air Jordan 1 Black/Red
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 1 High OG "Royal"
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 1 “Royal”
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 1 "KO"
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 1 KO Black/Red
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 1 KO Black/Red
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 1 High OG "Royal"
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 1 “Royal”
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 1 Black/Red
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 2 White/Black-Red (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
Kanye West in the '03 Air Jordan 3 White/Cement
Kanye West in the ’03 Air Jordan 3 White/Cement
Kanye West in the '01 Air Jordan 3 "Mocha"
Kanye West in the ’01 Air Jordan 3 “Mocha”
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 3 Black/Cement
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 3 Black/Cement
Kanye West in the ’01 Air Jordan 3 Black/Cement
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 3 "Black Cement"
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 3 Black/Cement
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 4 “Classic Green”
Kanye West in the ’99 Air Jordan 4 White/Cement
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 4 "Bred"
Kanye West in the ’99 Air Jordan 4 Black/Red
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 5 Black/Silver
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 5 CDP
Kanye West for FADER
Kanye West in ’00 Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 6
Kanye West in the ’00 Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 6 Infared
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 6 Black/Varsity Red
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 6
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 6 Black/Varsity Red
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 6 White/Red
Kanye West in the ’02 Air Jordan 7 “Raptor”
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 7 “Hare”
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 7 Retro "Raptors"
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 7  “Raptor”
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 7 Hare
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 7 “Hare”
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 7 “Cardinal” (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Kanye West Air Jordan 8 "Aqua"
Kanye West Air Jordan 8 “Aqua”
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 8 "Aqua"
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 8 “Aqua”
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 8 "Aqua"
Kanye West in the Air Jordan 8 “Aqua”
Kanye West in the Jordan Spizike "Grape"
Kanye West in the Jordan Spizike “Grape”
Kanye West in the Jordan Spizike Black/Red