This past year marked 30 years since the introduction of the original Air Jordan—the Air Jordan XXX will be unveiled next month—and as such, Jordan dug deep into the archives to bring back some gems. "Nike Air" branding found its way onto an Air Jordan VI for the first time since 2000, New York fashion label Public School put a monochrome spin on the Air Jordan XII, and the remastered Air Jordan 1 hit shelves in all sorts of flavors, from OG to UNC to Pinnacle.

But that wasn't all. There was new heat too, starting with the Air Jordan XX9, carried over from last season. A gradient lowtop with a speckled midsole brought a more casual feel to the flagship model, while Chris Paul's ninth signature shoe was done up luxurious for friends and family (and some select #influencers). As usual, there was something for everyone.

The tough part? Narrowing it down to the best 15 of 2015. (Maybe next year we'll have to do 16.) We went through them all—the ones that we got, and the ones that got away. Here's The 15 Best Air Jordans of 2015.