Release Date: Jun 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST
The Air Jordan 11 is many times noted as Michael Jordan’s favorite sneaker. It was designed by Tinker Hatfield in 1995 while Jordan was still playing minor league baseball. To this day, it is said that the silhouette is Hatfield's favorite shoe as well.
Similar to the Air Jordan 1 "Bred" banned situation, Jordan violated the league's dress code by wearing the Air Jordan 11 "Bred." A rule known as the "51 percent" regulation was violated. The statute indicates NBA regulated shoes had to be 51% white and would need to be in accordance to the team's uniform and match the rest of the team's footwear (the rule was repealed in the late 2000s). After Jordan was fined $5,000, the Jordan brand introduced the Air Jordan 11 "Concord" which Jordan debuted in a series against the Orlando Magics. The Air Jordan 11 "Concord" became the most sought-after shoe of the year.
The Air Jordan 11 features a carbon fiber spring plate offering a better torque when moving on court. The most notable part of the shoe is the patent leather overlay featured around the sneaker's upper. Michael Jordan played in the low top “Bred” during the 1996 NBA Finals, and then, he wore the low top “Concord” at the Bull's Championship parade.
Now in 2020, Jordan has fused together these two highly storied colorways.