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Air Jordan 11

Michael Jordan’s come back to the NBA was in a full throttle especially when designer, Tinker Hatfield presented another overwhelming masterpiece from the Air Jordan lineup. In 1996, the Air Jordan 11 made its debut with a remarkable design which was recognized to be one of the most beloved Jordans ever. The Air Jordan 11’s Cordura upper, carbon fiber spring plate, and patent leather construction resulted in a top-performing shoe that helped Michael Jordan deliver a 72-win season, fourth ring, and All-Star/Finals MVP sweep.

A very simple layout was used on this shoe where a Black patent leather was laid up around the base covering the toe box and heel in a slight wave design. Above this is a White Cordura midfoot and tongue sporting a set of lace loops. The heel panel has a White premium leather finish that parades the Black embroidered Jumpman.

At rest on the heel, a Black textile material which was used as the inner liner was also featured at the top center with a maze pattern that depicts number “11” in an abstract manner. Holding this Air Jordan 11 in place was a clear rubber sole that first introduced with previous AJ releases that later on received some criticisms due to its taint prone characteristic.

Still on the negative aspect, the Air Jordan 11 even caused MJ to be fined $5,000.00 per game for wearing it and not complying with the Bull’s required uniform – entirely Black shoes. After this incident, he then wore Anfernee Hardaway’s PEs.

Looking at this perspective, Air Jordan did not let MJ down so a Black/Varsity Royal/White AJ11 was later created for him to wear during his remaining games. The same pair of Jordans was featured on MJ’s movie, Space Jam. As per the record, the AJ11 had the most number of Retro and Sample releases.

Air Jordan 11