The Air Jordan 11 “Concord” originally released in 1995 and has been retro-ed several times since. It last dropped in 2011, and the popular silhouette is making its comeback for the 2018 holiday season, in its 1995 OG version.
The Air Jordan 11 made waves and achieved grail status in the basketball and sneaker world for many reasons. In 1995, Michael Jordan shocked the world with an announcement of his return from retirement with a simple message - “I’m Back.” When he returned to the floor, he wore a #45 jersey because his #23 had already been retired. He also had something foreign on his feet and no one had seen anything like it. While the rest of the Bulls team were wearing black, he was wearing what looked like a Tuxedo for your feet - a white upper with patent leather on his new basketball shoe – resulting in yet again a league fine for breaking uniform rules.
Michael Jordan lost that year’s playoffs against Orlando, but he learned from that series which fueled and inspired him in the off-season to lead his team to another historic season and a glorious three-peat.
By the time MJ made it back to the floor the following season, the word had spread and the 11s were no longer just basketball shoes, they were the “Concords,” the be-all and end-all grails. Everyone needed to have them and they made a statement wherever they appeared, whether on court, an awards show, graduation or even weddings. In no time, it became the dress shoe of choice for every fan, diehard and casual.
Much like its “Space Jam” counterpart which re-released in 2016, the 2018 “Concord” features an enlarged patent leather mudguard, the very same high cut patent leather on the original pair worn by MJ on court. The white mesh upper has dark concord accents and sits atop an icy blue translucent outsole. Jumpman detailing can be seen on the side with the number 45 embroidered on the heel to complete the look.
The Good Life will release the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” in-store at 10:00 on Saturday December 8th and remaining pairs will go online later that day.