Three things were certain during Michael Jordan’s playing career: he was going to average at least 20 points per game during the regular season; he wasn’t going to take to the court without his UNC Tarheels practice shorts underneath his Bulls uniform; and, on some nights he was going to trade in his high-top Air Jordans for low-top counterparts that gave him yet another advantage on-court.
His Airness wore low-top versions of the Air Jordan 1 and 2 in the 1980s and continued the trend a decade later in the ‘96 NBA Playoffs in the Air Jordan 11 IE Low. The Jordan 11 Low is now an established model in the collection which has allowed Jordan Brand to flex its creative muscles by offering plenty of exciting looks, including the new Air Jordan 11 Low “Concord Bred.” Save for the Air Jordan 1 Low, the Jordan 11 Low offers the greatest array of low-tops in the signature series. We’ve rounded up a few of the many great colorways of the silhouette.
The Air Jordan 11 “Concord Bred” is the latest combination colorway in the Air Jordan collection and one that could have easily been used to launch this all-time classic in 1996. The black patent leather seamlessly connects two of the Jordan 11's most beloved looks. From the mudguard up it looks like "Concord," and from the mudguard down it looks like "Bred."
Designs like the Air Jordan 11 Low “UNC,” which was originally released in 2001, give credence to the argument that the early 2000s were a special time in Jordan Brand’s history. “UNC” colorways are now commonplace because of models like this one.
Based on the extremely rare Air Jordan 11 “RE2PECT” that was released only via a raffle system across from Yankee Stadium the day of Derek Jeter's retirement ceremony, the low-top version is a worthy substitute for all of us that have no chance at ever getting the mid-top.
The original Air Jordan 11 “Cool Grey” was created with the intention of capturing an audience that wanted to wear Air Jordans as lifestyle shoes in the early 2000s. Its legacy was sealed when Jordan wore the shoe with the Washington Wizards. For the low-top "Cool Grey" release, Jordan Brand switched the ballistic mesh upper to nubuck.
Celebratory in its appearance with a gold leather mudguard, the Air Jordan 11 Low “Closing Ceremony” was released in 2016 as an ode to that summer’s Rio Olympics.
In what felt like a lifetime between releases, the Air Jordan 11 Low “Cherry” finally made its way back to shelves in 2016, fifteen years after its original release. As you can see, it was well worth the agonizing wait.
When the Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Bred” appeared on Jordan’s feet during the ‘96 NBA Playoffs, it was only the third time that Nike had offered a secondary height variance of an Air Jordan. The IE (International Edition) was the only iteration of the Air Jordan 11 Low to release in 1996; the patent leather version didn't debut until 2001.
One of the first Air Jordan 11 Low colorways ever in 2001, and one of the earliest Jordans to employ a reptilian pattern, the “Blue Snakeskin” returned in Summer 2019 to the exact specifications as the original release. As you can see, Jordan Brand isn’t new to this lifestyle footwear game.