No one can dispute the supremacy of the Air Jordan 11 among the greatest sneakers of all-time. Certainly a very progressive design when created by Tinker Hatfield back in 1995, the shiny and progressive style broke new ground for basketball sneakers, and marketed itself as the first to be effectively worn with a suit. Over the years, the Air Jordan 11 has only grown in stature and monetary value. Although this is due to a wealth of reasons, in credited in large to the well spoken narrative of the shoe – commentary thankfully addressed by the community that revers it best. Today, we chronicle the 5 greatest Air Jordan 11's of all-time. Sure, this is highly subjective and favouritism at best. But hey, aren't all list?
Originally released in spring of 2010, the Air Jordan 11 “Silver Anniversary” is among the most difficult to secure 11's of them all. There's a reason for that. This milky white gem with Metallic Silver accents represents a resurgent retro period for the shoe, one that saw the “Cool Grey” release in the same year, and the “Space Jam” a few months prior in December 2009. While this rarity remains on many a grail list, hopes are that they'll soon don the celebrated holiday season Air Jordan 11 release lineup.
With obvious inspiration from the film of the same name, many revere the “Space Jam” 11's as the best all-time. We don't hold to them to such esteem, but certainly recognize the shoe among the top 5. While the “Gamma Blue” release in 2013 was very similar, nothing quite captures the allure on this blacked-out silo with Varsity Royal contrast.
First released in 1996, then again as a retro in 2001, the “Columbia” will never quite be the same unfortunately. Now dubbed the “ Legend Blue,” and released under that new moniker last December, this original scheme ties back to MJ's days at North Carolina and the baby blue tone noted in their uniforms. If you have either the '96 or '01 pair, and the upper hasn't yellowed, you're winning.
For many, it doesn't get much better than the Air Jordan 11 “Bred.” And for all intents and purposes, its hard to disagree. The perfect personification of the 11 with Chicago Bulls coloring through and through, like the Air Jordan 3 and 4 of the same likeness, this is a shoe everyone has in their collection. As you should.
With respect to all others, the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” is best in show. Sure, they've been retroed a couple times now and even have a low-cut edition that released last year, but with tradition in mind, the ad campaigns that surrounded the shoe, and its important on-court in Jordan's career, the triumphant Air Jordan 11 “Concord” reigns supreme. Go ahead, tell us it doesn't.