Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 11:48 am  |  62 responses

JORDANS Vol 1 is On Sale Now!

SLAM’s new special sneaker issue, honoring Air Jordans I-VI, is available everywhere.

by Ben Osborne / cover image by Tom Medvedich

As brands become media companies and media companies become ad agencies, sales-speak buzzwords are thrown around like a gardener tossing seeds. No word is more popular than “authentic.” Ironically, of course, most of the people using it end up pitching ideas that couldn’t be less authentic (def: of undisputed origin; genuine) to basketball/sneaker/youth culture if they were delivered by Russian-speaking robots.

This issue, though, is as authentic as it gets. I speak for all of SLAM, from veteran publisher Dennis Page to our fresh-out-of-college editors, who have helped build a magazine that’s shared our love of the game for more than 20 years. I speak for the Original Sneaker Bible, our annual KICKS issue, which has been a back-to-school staple for shoe lovers for more than 16 years. I speak for Foot Locker, the sponsor of this issue and the sneaker retailer that has always been the best place to go for new Air Jordans.

But most of all, I speak for myself. I’ve loved hoops since I went to my first NBA game at age 4. I’ve loved MJ since I first saw highlights of his windmill jams at North Carolina. I’ve loved Jordans since the day they came out, wearing through three straight pairs of original Is during their almost two years on the market. And I’ve loved magazines as soon as I could read them, ripping my father’s Sports Illustrated out of the mailbox every Thursday before he got home from work and poring over it from cover to cover before I did a second of homework.

So when Mike burst on the NBA scene and promptly got his first SI cover as a Bull in December of 1984, with a long feature by the great Alexander Wolff, chock full of off-court scenery such as the first picture in the gallery above and scoops on the fervor surrounding Mike’s loud new kicks, I was in some kind of heaven.

Obviously, so much has transpired since then, and if SLAM and Foot Locker never teamed up to make an issue dedicated to the first six Air Jordans, and if I never got to edit such an issue, I think we’d all survive just fine.

But we did team up. And we did get in touch with Puneet Singh, aka Sole Supreme, who let us take pictures of his collection of I-VI, in all their OG glory. And our Creative Director Melissa Brennan and photographer Tom Medvedich did shoot said shoes like the treasures they are. And our young sneakerheads Adam Figman, Abe Schwadron and Tzvi Twersky did combine their research and writing skills to deliver you the real story behind each of the shoes, both on and off the court. Throw in some great photo research and the best paper we’ve ever printed a “magazine” on, and the result is a product that feels 30 years in the making.

Whether your interest lies in Jordan or Jordans, photography or magazines, basketball or sneakers, or, like me, all of the above, I hope you’ll enjoy looking through this issue as much as we all enjoyed making it.

Air Jordans I-VI

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Let’s go!

  • pposse

    top 5 Jordans off all time n order …11′s, 13′s, 3′s, 1′s, 10′s

    I keep flip floppin with the greatest between the 13′s and 11s

  • Dfrance

    No love for the 6s? I got 6s, 8s, 11s, 16s, 12s

  • Dfrance

    Favorite all time pair of Js? Number and colorway?

  • pposse

    ooh gaaaawd i can’t believe i forgot about the 6′s! The DMP 6s are easily one of my favorites. the one time i actually stood in line for jordans was for them dmp’s 6 and 11 package too

  • Dfrance

    I’m so mad I missed out on that DMP 6/11 pack. I was going through an “I’m too old for Jordans” phase and stopped buying them for a while. lol

  • http://tddaily.com/ Abe Schwadron


  • DS22

    nah,I’m good,these shoes are overhyped and played out now!

  • IDOT

    As long as the Air Jordan 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and XX8 are not included I will be happy. Anything after the Air Jordan 23 is irrelevant.

  • Matisse

    All time favorites, in this order: Olive 9s, Bordeaux 7s, Hares 7s, Infared 6s, Cement 4s.

  • spit hot fiyah

    6s are the ones for me too.

  • Dboy

    Where do i buy this magazine @!!!

  • Pamela Richard

    and if I never got to edit such an issue, I think we’d all survive just fine.

  • O

    Man, I love the designs from the III’s down to the VIII’s, but III – V really hurt my feet. Vi – VIII are real comfortable.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Black IVs

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    anywhere that sells SLAM will sell this

  • shoelace512

    does this magazine come included in the subcription?

  • manelo

    International order is possible?

  • Tymulah

    Copped a deadstock pair of 02 olives the other day. Beautiful!

  • Karyn

    Can’t find this anywhere! Called bookstore and we to cvs Walgreens and stop and shop. Where can you buy this???

  • Patrick

    Where or when I ‘ll buy digital version of this magazine

  • jo4life

    Can’t find it nowhere in Richmond, Va

  • jo4life

    Not true!!! Saw the new issue of slam mag w/ Kobi on the front, But no Slamkicks. SMH!!!

  • cm88

    just went to barnes and noble didnt have any :/

  • JC

    I cant find this anywhere either…

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    They will…unless they’re sold out.

  • JC

    Tried all the Barnes and Nobles…Finally found it at Walmart of all places… It was hidden behind some cooking magazine…haha

  • darat532

    Is this issue going to be available on iTunes as a digital download?

  • cm88

    They said the last shipment they got of slam was the kobe last month only 7 issues too. Been calling all barnes and nobles in the So Cal Inland Empire area cant find it but will keep trying.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    They will get it. There will also be a way to order it by mail in a few days.

  • Ditisjaap

    Can I get this magazine somewhere online? I live in the Netherlands and would like to get a copy!

  • Ditisjaap

    @bosborne17:disqus I live in the Netherlands is it possible for me to get it?

  • aubmdofelex

    Might just buy this instead of all these wack new colorways and dumb “named” js. Coming you usually had a home away and unc variant of shoe now we got all type of malarkey.

  • Chris G

    Cannot find this issue anywhere…

  • Justin

    I can’ find any in Canada

  • CUZZ

    can we purchase this mag online? I am from Australia and magazines are always a month old by the time we get them.

  • diesellam

    I also went to Barnes and noble. They said they carry SLAM, but not the Jordan shoes magazine: the entire bay area. Why? Where’s the link I can order online or by mail?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    I really think they are mistaken and it’s just not in yet. It will be available to order by mail via this link in the next couple of days: https://www.circsource.com/store/storeBackIssMagazines.html?magazineId=124

  • Nalex

    I Can find it on your link. I’m in France How can I do.

  • Jewrican23

    call the newstand in your local airport thats how I got it in NH at Hudson News

  • chris

    where is this available in digital?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne
  • Илья Науменко

    Sold out on this link. I’m in Russia where i can buy online with shipping?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    They are re-stocking by Monday/Tuesday at the latest. Thanks for your patience.

  • Kb

    EBAY! This thing is sold out everywhere!

  • Илья Науменко


  • reeeez

    anyone notice page 74-75??

  • jaysid

    I noticed… it’s unreadable… I wonder if they’ll release that article in the next volume

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    It’s available again

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Printing error, very sorry. It’s fixed in digital edition and will be fixed in any revised print editions.

  • tomstu

    try walmart

  • Kevin Black

    Where will i order and buy this magazine in online? Because Nebraska not have this magazine.

  • Kejo

    When does the next issue come out?

  • dizam816

    i found this in the PHL airport and bought it for the plane ride from PHI to VEGAS…. so glad i did

  • thommy27

    I found the only 1 in Kroger. It was tossed to the side and had something spilled on it. I bought it anyway, cleaned it up and it sits in my collection. Ready for the rest.

  • Edward

    How much would a pair of those socks go for? Pages 96 – 97

  • Stack Nicholson

    is there a way for people who purchased original runs of the edition to access the digital version?

  • John

    when will the next volume be expected to be done? love this special edition. can;t wait for the next drop! :)

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    you mean besides buying the digital version? sort of. can email you a pdf of the messed-up spread if you want.

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  • Sol

    Could you guys post just the text for pages 74-75? Love the articles in the rest of the ish, and really want to read it!

  • Gab

    Do you guys know when will be the release of the volume 2?