Our monthly look at each Air Jordan model has now reached November, which means it's time to revel in the glory of the Air Jordan 11. The shoe that many people consider the greatest sneaker of all time is back again next month, on December 14, in the iconic "Bred" colorway, so this will be the perfect warm-up to its much anticipated return. Not that you needed any more incentive to get hyped.
From all the OGs to the best new looks Jordan Brand has cooked up for the shining icon, here are Stadium Goods's picks for the best colorways of the Jordan 11.
We'll start with the colorway at the front of everyone's mind and at the top of their wish list this holiday season, the forever iconic "Bred" edition. The original "Playoffs" colorway of the Jordan 11 was worn by Michael Jordan during the legendary run of the 72-10 Chicago Bulls on their way to the NBA Championship in 1996, and it's never looked back as being one of the most significant and beloved sneakers to ever grace the earth since. Here we have the last retro of the "Bred" 11s from 2012. This year the shoe returns with the "remastered" treatment, so yes, you'll need another pair.
Before Jordan laced up the "Bred" colorway in the '96 Playoffs, he wore the equally as beautiful "Concord" colorway throughout the 1995-96 regular season. MJ actually debuted the "Concords" one year earlier in the '95 Playoffs versus the Orlando Magic, but because they didn't meet the league's uniformity rules, he had to switch to this next amazing colorway...
No list of the best Jordan 11s could be complete without another legendary original colorway, "Space Jam." Nicknamed so because of its appearance in the classic film of the same name starring Mike and Bugs, the "Space Jam" colorway is an underdog favorite for best Jordan 11 ever. Of course, there's no wrong answer when it comes to your pick for the best of the four original Jordan 11s, also including the pristine "Columbia" edition.
A colorway so perfect on the silhouette that you almost forget it's not an OG, the "Cool Grey" Jordan 11 debuted in 2001 and instantly became a classic. Last released in 2010 (not including the low-top edition), we think it's time for another comeback. Perhaps 2020's holiday release, Jordan Brand?
Think of it as a flipped version of the classic "Columbia" colorway. One half of the "Ultimate Gift of Flight" pack also including a North Carolina themed colorway of the Air Jordan XX9, the "Pantone" Jordan 11 features a shade of cool blue hue that suits the model perfectly. Released in 2014, the colorway received the "Pantone" nickname because of an unreleased sample of the same look that had surfaced years earlier from an entire set of pantone blue retros. Obviously, the 11s were the best of the bunch.
Another UNC-themed Jordan 11, the "Win Like '82" edition released in 2017 and celebrated Jordan's 1982 championship with North Carolina. Arguably the best non-OG look for the shoe since "Cool Grey" in 2001, the "Concord"-like color block features navy blue patent leather and Carolina blue accents. A major win, indeed.
During the 2017 holiday season we were blessed with not one, but two new releases of the Jordan 11. The "Win Like" pack also included this Bulls-inspired red version celebrating the team's legendary 72-win record and Championship in 1996.
In 2018 Jordan Brand celebrated the Jordan 11's ubiquitous appearances at formal events like graduation ceremonies with the luxe "Cap and Gown" edition. The sleek all-black colorway features a nubuck base, metal Jumpman logo, and rope laces inspired by the rope belts of graduation gowns. Furthering the graduation theme, the shoe initially launched with a special release that was available only for newly graduated high school seniors.