There’s a reason we listed this sneaker as one of the six that you needed to watch out for in May. Everyone loves the Air Jordan XI. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Concords releasing or the Space Jams or the Cool Greys or anything else, they will cause hype. They will cause hysteria. They will sell out. Now while the low-top versions of the XI have never received the same level of adoration as the originals, it is close to the summer right now. Everyone is ready to show some love. That’s because when you’re talking about the current state of the game, versatile, low-top sneakers have to be in everyone’s playbook.
Releasing at Champs Sports this weekend, the Air Jordan XI Low “True Red” edition actually has some history that most people, even some of the biggest sneakerheads, don’t know about.
These were player exclusives for Michael Jordan back in 1996 as the GOAT rotated the low-top version of the “Bred” into his playoff rotation. He even wore them for a few games in the NBA Finals that summer against Seattle. The original “Bred”–or “Playoffs”–Jordan XI mid cut was the sneaker MJ wore when he won his fourth title during Game 6 against the Sonics on Father’s Day, but he would’ve never gotten there without a little help from this sneaker.
Featuring a leather and ballistic mesh upper, a love/hate red inner lining, the iconic patent leather overlay, and a red translucent outsole, along with the “23” running down the heel, this retro captures the spirit of the silhouette that ended up becoming such an enormous part of MJ’s sneaker legacy.
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