Discover the return of the Air Jordan 12 Royalty, its release details, estimated resale value, and tips on how to buy for retail

The revered Air Jordan 12 “Taxi” returns to add on to Jordan Brand’s fall 2021 lineup and stay true to the originals with only minor deviations. The Air Jordan 12 Royalty 2021 release date is on November 13th for a retail price of $190 per pair.

Stick around as we go through all the details!

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Before we take a detailed look at the Air Jordan 12 Retro Royalty, let walk you through a bit of history and see how valuable this silhouette is today.

Air Jordan 12 | History and Resale

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Air Jordan 12 Models with relatively low resale prices
  • This special silhouette was released in 1996-1997 in only a handful of colorways and retroed for the first time in 2003.
  • The design was inspired by Japanese culture including rays of the Japanese Rising Sun while the shape, on the other hand, was modeled after a women’s boot known as a stiletto.
  • The “taxi” colorway was first released in 1996, as the debut colorway for the Jordan 12 silhouette and ever since has remained quite highly sought-after.
  • This colorway was re-released multiple times including in 2003, in 2011, in 2018, and finally, in 2019 in a “reversed” colorway that featured a predominantly black upper.
  • Resale for the Jordan 12s hasn’t been exceptionally high and usually yields a little above lunch money for most. The recent Air Jordan 12 Twist and Indigo, for example, barely break even.

To estimate resale for the Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi, let’s head on over to StockX.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Taxi (2018)

  • Retail Price: $190
  • Average Resell: $320
  • Release Date: Sunday, March 18th, 2021
  • Colorway: White/Black-Taxi-Varsity Red
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Air Jordan 12 Retro Taxi 2018 Side View

This Jordan 12 features a cracked white leather upper on the medial and the toes while black reptilian texture covers the lower half of the sneakers aside from the rear panels.

Throats lead up to a pair of white leather tongues contrasted by black sock liners and Jump-Man logos. Meanwhile, metallic gold eyelet panels shimmer amidst the black and white shades.

Black midsoles and outsoles complete the look.

The average selling price of these sneakers is around $300 which is over $100 in gross profits. The latest “Royalty Taxi” colorway will likely have a lower resale value.

Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi | A Closer Look

  • Retail Price: $190
  • Estimated Resell: $240
  • Release Date: Saturday, November 13th, 2021
Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Side view
Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Side View

This re-release of the Jordan 12 Taxi may carry a different moniker but its aesthetics remain close to identical compared to the OGs that dropped back in 1996.

White cracked leather covers the upper half of the shoe, appearing on the collars, quarter panels, throats, and on parts of the toe.

Black pebbled faux reptilian leather appears on the toes while mudguards wear golden bands with “JORDAN” branding that adds a touch of “royalty” and complements the similarly hued eye-let panels.

Black laces, golden labels on the throats, and golden Jump-Man logos on the tongues provide a touch more contrast while black heel tabs, black midsoles, and outsoles with grey snakeskin patterns complete the look.

Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Medial View
Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Medial View
Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Hover View
Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Hover View
Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Front View
Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Front View
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Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Rear View
Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Outsoles
Air Jordan 12 Royalty Taxi Outsoles

Photos: Sneaker Bar Detroit

Air Jordan 12 Royalty Where to Buy For Retail

You can buy these sneakers via Nike SNKRS on the confirmed release date of November 13th for $190 per pair. For other retailers that may also have stock, check out:

Estimated Resale Value

Jordan 12 sneakers haven’t been very profitable these past few years but I do expect this latest colorway to sell out.

Using my estimated resale value, expect gross profits of around $50 per pair.


  • Air Jordan 12 Royalty
  • Retail Price: $190
  • Estimated Resell: $240
  • Release Date: Saturday, November 13th, 2021

Where to Buy (Retail)


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Mohammad Yousaf

Mohammad Yousaf

As a business student, Mohammad was thoroughly impressed with where the secondary market was heading for sneakers. He quickly realized that what used to be considered as a side hustle, was now the main income stream for many. He has studied the game ever since.


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