The Jordan XI has always been near the top of my list of favourite sneakers of all-time and although that list changes yearly, this shoe (regardless of colour) has always done it for me.
The vision shared by designer (living legend) Tinker Hatfield and MJ:
“Bring the look of a formal shoe to the basketball court“
The concept was amazing, groundbreaking and it was years ahead of it’s time. I was too young to buy my own shoes when the XI made it’s debut in 1996, but when they retro’d in 2000, I was all over it.. Sort of.
I remember thinking to myself, “Whoa. $200 CDN is way too much money for a shoe!”
The Jordan XI was $125 USD / $200 CDN when it first re-released in 2000 and despite it’s much lower pricing, they still sat on shelves/online for a while. This was before people “camped out” for shoes, before online automated “bots”, it was a simple time when collecting sneakers wasn’t the thing to do.
I ended up buying the “Concord” XI afterwards, but my first Jordan sneaker purchase ever was the “Bred” XI during December 2001. I worked @ Footlocker at the time, so I got a discount on them, too. What a time to be alive!
Fast forward a decade and a half >>>
The “72-10” is released on December 12th, 2015 to commemorate the incredible, record breaking 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team. 72 wins is still an NBA record and although this is about MJ, as a Canadian it is my duty to remind everyone that the Raptors were responsible for one of those 10 losses that year 🙂
Not much has changed with the XI and I think that’s for the better. The major differences are aesthetic: Plastic Jumpman on upper near heel tab, microfibre suede surrounding the “Jumpman” and a very nice premium tumbled leather upper.
Subtle upgrades to a classic shoe, this one is going to be one of the special ones that people talk about years down the line.
Did you get yours?
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