Every holiday season, the sneaker world is turned on its ear by a customary Air Jordan 11 release; this year the coveted "Space Jam" colorway returns December 10, but with noticeable differences than the previous two retros.
Like the first retro in 2000, the 2009 release features a dynamic combination of a mesh upper and patent leather mudguard, all in black. A royal blue Jumpman on the heel and Jordan script on the tongue account for most of the branding. MJ's patented "23" lasered into the heel makes the cypher complete with a help of a white midsole and a clear outsole.
The 2016 release is modeled after the sample version, which Michael Jordan premiered during the NBA Playoff Semifinals in 1995. The most notable change is the "45" heel branding, an ode to the number he wore after returning to professional play from a brief retirement. Like recent iterations of the AJ 11, the cut on the patent leather mudguard is different and the outsole is an icy translucent blue, as opposed to the clear outsole seen on earlier versions. The stitching is also white.
Style: 378037 003
Release Date: December 10, 2016