The Air Jordan XI Low IE in the classic, original “Cobalt” colorway is finally coming back. Everyone, rejoice! Do you remember the last time this shoe released? No? Oh yeah, I get it. That’s because it was over ten years ago, back before anyone had ever heard of things like Concord Lows or Bred Lows or even Tuxedo Lows.
Releasing today at Champs Sports, this low-top sneaker is absolutely pivotal to have this summer. It kills–repeat: kills–any outfit, and works especially well with shorts. This remastered retro features a white leather base that includes unique stitching on the upper. The overlay is complete with elephant print, and there’s also a white midsole, clear outsole, and Cobalt-colored branding.
The history of the Air Jordan XI is long and legendary, thanks mostly to Tinker Hatfield. Without him, the Jordan signature series probably dies with Michael Jordan‘s first foray into baseball. Tinker’s vision soon became reality, however, and while the low-top versions will never touch the originals, they are still probably better than the majority of Jordan sneakers we’ve seen over the last two decades. We also can’t overlook the role they played when the shoe first released back in the mid-90s. Not only did we see two colorways of the IE come out during the original lifespan, including this one, but Jordan actually wore a Bred version at times during the 1996 NBA Playoffs, the concluding run to one of the greatest team seasons in NBA history. (The Bulls went 87-13 that year, including the postseason.)
This version of the Air Jordan XI is one of the most underrated silhouettes ever released by the Jordan Brand. This colorway works perfect for summer, too.
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