The Most Hyped Air Jordan 11 Sneakers Ever

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    5. "Bred"

    RELEASE DATES: 1996, 2001, 2008, 2012

    The sneaker that made me fall in love with Michael Jordan, the Br–actually, I take that back. This was merely the shoe Mike was wearing when I fell in love with him. Either way, Jordan won his fourth championship in these sneakers and while they’ve been re-released enough times over the years that the hype has somewhat plateaued, the Breds are still classic shoes. During the 1996 Playoff run, the one that Chicago needed to finish off the most historic season in league history, Jordan alternated between the original release and a low-top version.

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    4. "DMP"

    RELEASE DATE: 2006

    A special edition shoe that helped launch the idea for what would later become the “Collezione” packages, the DMP XI was similar to the Concord colorway, except that it featured a gold Jumpman along the heel and gold accenting. Released with a black and gold edition of the Jordan VI, these were extremely limited and had cats camping out in line the night before. (I was in Boston at the time and watched a college roommate leave at 2-3 in the morning for these…only to show up the next morning exhausted and empty-handed.)

    There are other samples that also included gold eyelets along the laces, something that was dropped from the final version and yet, because of a factory slip-up, many of these shoes were actually released. The thirst for those is beyond real.

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    3. "Legend Blue" or "Columbia"

    RELEASE DATES: 1996, 2001, 2014

    Whether we’re talking about the “Columbia” originals or the recently released “Legend Blue” colorway, this shoe always generates an absurd amount of hype. This past year’s release featured a slightly altered blue color but even still, in part because it released during the holidays and in part because we hadn’t seen it in nearly 15 years, sneakerheads had trouble controlling their passion.

    Jordan wore the original “Columbia” colorway only once — during the 1996 NBA All-Star Game in San Antonio. He won MVP, made a couple of memorable highlights, and the rest is history.

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    2. "Concord"

    RELEASE DATES: 1995, 2000, 2011

    I once won a pair of Concord XIs because I showed out in a dunk contest…using a trampoline. Okay, the details might bore you but just know that anyone who gets their hands on these kids, no matter how they do it, should be thankful. This is the shoe that started it all, the shoe Jordan wore in Game 1 of the ’95 semis against Orlando, the first Air Jordan XI to ever be seen on his feet.

    It’s also perhaps the most versatile, considering it is the basketball sneaker most often worn in weddings. EASILY.┬áThat’s a cool title to hold. When this shoe released during the holidays in 2011, it was wild.

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    1. "Space Jam"

    RELEASE DATES: 2000, 2009

    One of the most hyped Jordans of all time, the “Space Jam” got its nickname because it was the shoe often worn by MJ during the iconic movie. As for real ball, Jordan only wore this shoe for a couple of games against the Magic in the 1995 NBA Playoffs.

    It’s claim to fame, outside of the obvious, is that this was the shoe which convinced JB to start releasing retros on Saturday. The first time this shoe came out, it did so on a Wednesday, and kids all over the country skipped school.

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  • Air Jordan 11 "Bred"
  • Air Jordan 11 "DMP"
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  • Air Jordan 11 "Concord"
  • Air Jordan 11 "Space Jam"

The Air Jordan XI probably has more ridiculously hyped colorways than any other Jordan sneaker. There’s so much history behind it and the design is so perfect that it totally makes sense. Is the Concord the best colorway? Maybe. It was the first XI to hit the court for Michael Jordan and it also doubles as THE unofficial sneaker to wear to your wedding. What about the Space Jams? Maybe. They hold weight because of their limited releases and because they held it down in everyone’s favorite childhood movie. Or how about the Breds? You know, Mike did win his fourth championship in those.

This is like choosing between children. From the moment Jordan first debuted the XI in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic, people were fascinated. It was the patent leather that did it, taking a line that already owned obvious crossover appeal and creating a true market for it outside of the game. Thank the sneaker gods that Tinker Hatfield didn’t stop designing Air Jordans after Mike left to hit curveballs because if he had, maybe we never get this shoe?

With the new “Georgetown” colorway coming this weekend at Champs Sports for the Air Jordan XI Low, we figured now was the perfect time to fill you in on the Most Hyped Air Jordan 11 Sneakers Ever. All of this is coming on the heels of the ridiculous 2014 holiday release of the “Legend Blue” colorway, and while that was absurd, I can pretty much guarantee that the next XI release will be just as wild. Check it out.

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