If we’re being honest here, it’s not exactly hyperbolic to suggest that the Air Jordan 11 Concord is one of the most iconic sneaker designs in history.
Released back in 1995, this part of the storied Jordan signature series had come about during an interesting time. As the brand moved away from the Air Jordan 10, a few things added intriguing context. First, MJ himself was officially back in professional basketball. Shortly after his father passed away, Michael decided to try his hand at pro baseball.
When he returned, the Air Jordan 10 was more or less on its way out. Tinker decided that the next shoe needed something completely remarkable and memorably unique. The legendary Nike designer has a habit of playing with aesthetics for his inspiration. But, this time around, he’d go on to inspire via the shoe’s materials instead.
The patent leather sections on the upper, seen on this upcoming 2018 Concord retro, was an impressive choice. In the early to mid-90s, that sort of build wasn’t just unheard of – it was also questioned in terms of its practicality.
The footwear industry had largely come to the conclusion that hoop shoes need to be made with a more traditional leather base. The reasoning for this involved durability considerations – builds such as the Air Force 1 had been seen as the pinnacle of material reliability.
But, Tinker’s case was, as always made, made elegantly. The patent leather wouldn’t lose out on its hard-wear reputation and would be a gleaming visual.
Then, we get the addition of a layer of phylon of a full Air sole unit. That was another bit of Tinker magic that wasn’t common basketball sneakers. The Jordan line had put something of a premium on court feel, and this cushion seemed to bottom load the shoe.
As it turned out, Jordan continued to destroy his competition in the Air Jordan 11, highlighted by iterations such as this upcoming Concord retro.
Whether you remember it for the good old days of pro hoops or because it’s a memorable aesthetic, you won’t want to miss these when they drop on December 8th INSTORE and ONLINE at sneakAvenue!
Release INSTORE and ONLINE: Saturday, December 8th at 9:00 (AM)