I always say the Air Jordan XI was the first sneaker I ever “noticed.” As in, I was watching the Bulls and Michael Jordan play in the 1995 Playoffs against the Magic and saw MJ wearing some shiny shoes that didn’t quite fit in. About 20 years later, those Concord XIs that changed the game are still considered one of the most incredible sneakers ever made. But even though they have to make their way onto every single “top sneakers list” simply because of the way they changed the game, I can’t be the only one that doesn’t even think this is the best colorway of the shoe.
That award goes to the “bred” Air Jordan XI.
While white and red Jordans never truly caught on — people still love them but they don’t luuuv ’em like that — the black and red joints (hence the “bred” nickname for you newbies out there) were favorites from the very beginning. Maybe it’s because it all started with the “Banned” Air Jordan I? Maybe it’s because the Bulls often wore black sneakers? Maybe it’s because of the presence of the XI?
No matter what, sneakerheads should know what inspired this post. For this one, we tried to steer clear of sneakers like the Jordan III, which featured the “Black Cements” that could’ve been considered “bred” if we really wanted to get technical about it. Same with the “Stealth” XX (a personal favorite). On this, we stuck to the obvious ones.
On Black Friday, the OG “Infrared” Air Jordan VI is coming back again at Champs Sports, and I can’t even begin to describe the madness that’ll go down. This is one of the greatest shoes ever made and it also happens to be the silhouette that Jordan was wearing when he won his first NBA championship in 1991. Prepare yourself for the hysteria by checking out The 10 Greatest “Bred” Air Jordans Ever.
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