There have been some incredible Air Jordans over the years. But, with beauty comes the hideous. Here are the ugliest air Jordans ever released, and how they can still bring in crazy profits.

At Six Figure Sneakerhead, we pride ourselves on providing you with the most current and accurate information regarding sneakers and their resale value. More often than not, the sneakers we recommend you buy, such as in our highly rated Winner̵7;s Circle, are aesthetically pleasing. Today’s article will explore a different aspect of the sneaker market.

This list we have compiled highlights some of the ugliest jordans we have ever seen, from unpleasant skins to contrasting color skins, to the dam-right bonkers. We have picked the best, looking at the reasons why the sneakers are ugly, and also giving our very own ugly rating scale.

What’s more, if you are interested in making profits from ugly sneakers, good-looking sneakers, or any sneakers, in fact, the Hypemaster playbook is your best place to start.

5. Air Jordan 5 Retro 3Lab5

Release Date: Friday, September 20th, 2013
What makes these Jordans ugly: Elephant skin coupled with bright blue accents

Ugly Jordans rating: 4/10

Rating: 4 out of 10.
Air Jordan 5 Retro 3Lab5

According to us, Air Jordan 5 Retro 3Lab5 is one of the sneaker that comes under the “ugly jordans” category. Everyone loves the Jordan 3. The iconic sneaker features the famous ‘elephant print’ that the sneaker community agrees is a great touch. Not too much, not too little.

Wow! That is a lot of elephant print. This sneaker screams “in your face” and “look at my feet!” It suits some people, and definitely makes people’s heads turn, sometimes not for the right reasons!

Despite its apparent physical appearance, the sneaker has actually done decently well on the resell market. With a retail price of $225 in 2013, the Jordan 5 3Lab5 has an average resale price of $301. The Jordan 5 Retro 3Lab5 is proof that beauty really is on the inside.

Air Jordan 5 Retro 3Lab5 Resaleability: $77 estimated profit (learn how to resell)

  • Retail: $225
  • Style Code: 599581-007
  • Average Resale Price: $302

4. Air Jordan 7 ‘Nothing But Net’

Release Date: Friday, November 13th, 2015
What makes these Jordans ugly: Crazy color scheme

Sneaker ugly rating: 5/10

Rating: 5 out of 10.
Air Jordan 7 Nothing But Net

It should come as no surprise that this sneaker’s nickname is the Jordan 7 ‘Ugly Sweater’. The Air Jordan 7 is already a less popular mode than its predecessors, and the Jordan brand hit a brick with these. The crazy combination of radical colors makes the shoe tough to wear with anything.
The Jordan 7 Hare is a good example of how they should have executed this sneaker. Throw all the color on the sole, and let the rest of the sneaker be quite toned down. All that being said, the sneaker still brings a 176% price premium on the resale market, so these are profitable sneakers!

Air Jordan 7 ‘Nothing But Net’ Resalability: $117 estimated profit (learn how to resell)

  • Retail: $190
  • Style Code: 304775-142
  • Average Resale Price: $307

3. Air Jordan 1 ‘J Balvin’

Release Date: Monday, December 7th, 2020
What makes these Jordans ugly: The loudest of rainbow color schemes

Sneaker ugly rating: 7/10

Rating: 7 out of 10.
Air Jordan 1 J Balvin

J Balvin, for those of you who don’t know, is a Columbian rapper and one of the highest-selling artists in the world. You’d think someone of that stature would be able to put out an amazing, beautiful sneaker with the likes of the Jordan brand. Well, see for yourself. Wow, that’s a bright shoe. Columbia is about the only place you can wear these as they blend in with their colorful cities.

In all seriousness, Air Jordan 1 ‘J Balvin’ is a crazy sneaker. The gradient rainbow, purposeful tears, and smiley faces might mean that people won’t take you as seriously if you wear these. This may be shocking, but these sneakers sell for an average price of $635. Yes, $635 for those sneakers right there. Don’t judge a sneaker by its colors, but rather the collab and hype. Now imagine you managed to cop a few pairs through our Winner’s Circle, that would be a hefty amount of profit.

Air Jordan 1 ‘J Balvin’ Resaleability: $445 estimated profit (learn how to resell)

  • Retail: $190
  • Style Code: DC3481-900
  • Average Resale Price: $635

2. Air Jordan 20 ‘East Coast’

Release Date: Monday, June 30th, 2005
What makes these Jordans ugly: An unpleasant color choice and styling

Sneaker ugly rating: 8/10

Rating: 8 out of 10.
Air Jordan 20 East Coast

As soon as you see “Jordan 20” you can probably expect a sub-par sneaker. Sub-par would probably be a compliment for this pair, as the colorway really might make you nauseous. Not much needs to be said here. The brown is just off, and the designs riddled throughout the sneaker just subtract from that. The “different” lacing system and the warping black leather don’t help either. We’re just going to leave it at that, and head to #1.

Air Jordan 20 OG ‘East Coast’ Resaleability: –$16 estimated profit (learn how to resell)
(clearly not a popular sneaker to resell)!

  • Retail: $175
  • Style Code: 310455-711
  • Average Resale Price: $159

1. Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE ‘Volt’

Release Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
What makes these Jordans ugly: Bright fluorescent color choice

Sneaker ugly rating: 10/10

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE Volt

Well, there we are. I’ve spent an hour thinking about when you could wear these jordan brand sneakers, and I have one idea: conducting traffic. People can probably see you a mile away in these. Of course, this sneaker is bringing back the elephant print in a way that just makes no sense. Nothing flows in this sneaker, it’s just a blob of green.

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE ‘Volt’ Resaleability: $55 estimated profit (learn how to resell)

  • Retail: $170
  • Style Code: 919712-700
  • Average Resale Price: $225

That’s it for our ugliest Jordans ever released! We want you to remember one thing though “Wear the sneakers that make you happy, it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks”. If you love a sneaker and someone else calls it ugly, it doesn’t matter. Sneakers are for everyone and everyone has different tastes, remember that!

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Jimmy McPherson

Jimmy McPherson

Jimmy is the former founder of Midwest Soles, a sneaker and streetwear reselling company. He's a current business student with a continued passion for sneakers and sneaker reselling.


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