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DECIPHERING THE NIKE COLOR CODES

While we can forget about trying to figure out the product codes (other than all Jordans begin with 136XXX and most other bb shoes begin with 830XXX), trying to decipher the color codes is a little easier.

There are three numbers used for the color code on all Nike shoes.  The first number represents the primary upper color.  The second number represents the secondary color, or sometimes the sole color.  The third number represents the trim color.  The following chart can be used to identify the first two colors only.
 
 
No. Color Also
0 Black Graphite, Flit Grey
1 White Silver, Zinc
2 Brown Mocha, Cherrywood
3 Green Dark Pine
4 Blue Navy, Royal, Midnight Navy, Obsidian, Orion Blue, Columbia
5 Purple
6 Red Varsity Red, Crimson, Infared
7 Yellow Gold, Maize, Ginger
8 Orange Safety Orange
9 Unknown

Note:  If there are any additional colors please let us know.

Examples:
136046-101 = Jordan 11 Retro in White/Black/Concord
135046-142 = Jordan 11 Retro in White/Columbia/Black
136059-061 = Jordan 16 in Black/Varsity Red
330009-471 = SHOX BB4 in Midnight Navy/Gold (Olympic)
136029-131 = Jordan 15 in White/Dark Pine (Special NBA Makeup)

There are however some exceptions when it comes to special makeup or TEAM shoes.  (Don't ask us why, but some of them are just sequentially numbered from 101 on up.)

The third number is usually 1, unless a similar colorway was previously released with a different trim color, or if for some reason the original sample trim color was changed.  For example the SHOX BB4 comes in Black/Graphite/Red (002) and Black/Black/Silver (003) as well as the original Black/Silver/Lapis (001).  {Note: We have no idea why the original SHOX weren't numbered 011 which would have followed these rules more closely.  Sorry.}  Also it should be pointed out that the color description on the box will not necessarily follow the same order as the color codes. (Again we don't know why this is like this.)

These general rules should help in deciphering most of the Nike color codes.

WHY IS THIS INFORMATION USEFUL?

If you are an avid Nike collector this information will come in handy when trying to determine the authenticity of particular shoes purchased from non-retail sources.  It can also be beneficial if you are trying to determine the color codes for future releases of shoes.  Hey, let's face it, it'd be nice to have a heads up before they drop.  If all of this is still foreign to you.  Then we suggest visiting NikeTalk which is the home of nike addicts across the globe.

For other examples of Nike product/color codes, see the Big List on this website.

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