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Jordan Retro 11: A True Icon

First debuting during the 1995-96 season, the iconic Air Jordan 11 is often regarded as one of the best silhouettes in the Jordan line.

The secret to the shoe’s success is the versatility of the sneaker. Michael Jordan wanted a shoe that could be worn as an on-court basketball shoe and also as a formal shoe for special occasions.

Featuring patent leather from heel to toe, the Retro 11 carried a sense of formal style without sacrificing the basketball performance MJ needed. The fans loved the shoe as much as MJ did. The demand for the shoe was so high that students often skipped school to get their hands on a pair, eventually prompting Jordan Brand to release shoes on Saturday mornings, which they continue to do to this day.

The patent leather teams up with a durable ballistic mesh upper, which adds to the sneaker’s durability. Still, the patent leather remains the major upgrade for the Retro 11. Not only does the patent leather change the look of the shoe, but it’s also lightweight and doesn’t stretch as much, which kept Jordan’s foot in place during quick cuts.

Michael Jordan wanted a shoe for the court and formal occasions, and that’s exactly what the Retro 11 turned out to be. While some wore the shoe as a dress shoe, Michael Jordan found plenty of success with it on the court, wearing it during another championship run.

The Retro 11 has a ton of popular colorways, ranging from the Retro 11 ‘Concords,’ Retro 11 ‘University Blue,’ Retro 11 ‘Legend Blue,’ Retro 11 ’72-10,’ Retro 11 ‘Gamma Blues,’ and the iconic Retro 11 that was featured in Michael Jordan’s blockbuster 1996 movie.

The Retro 11s tend to sell out fast. They are as versatile today as when the originals debuted decades ago. No matter what you are wearing, there’s a fresh Retro 11 that can finish that look in style.