Top 10 best Jordan 11s


When Michael Jordan returned to the NBA after 17 months in retirement , one of the first sneakers he wore were the Air Jordan 11s designed by Tinker Hatfield. The Jordan 11s were debuted in 1996. Although, they were first seen a year before during the release of the movie, “Space Jam”. Till today, Jordan 11s are flourishing in the market. Therefore let’s take a look at the top 10 best Jordan 11s to date, not listed in any particular order.

Air Jordan 11 Retro “Space Jam”

Air Jordan 11 Retro “Space Jam" - top 10 best Jordan 11s

First things first on our top 10 best Jordan 11s are the Air Jordan 11 Retro “Space Jam”. These sneakers were unexpectedly successful, and one of the largest shoes Nike launched. The Jordan 11 Space Jam are quite costlier than the other Jordan 11s. These Jordan’s are different from the one Michael Jordan wore in the movie Space Jam, and the jersey number stitched at the back of the shoe was “23″ because Michael was still in retirement. The latest ones are stitched “45” at the back, because that was when Michael came out of retirement in 1995. The sneaker is bulkier than most Retro sneakers, and Nike did a great job recreating the original cut of the Jordan 11 Retro Space Jams.

Air Jordan 11 OG “Concord”

Air Jordan 11 OG “Concord"

The Air Jordan 11 OG “Concord” were first debuted in November 1995, then the Retro were re-released in 2011 and 2018. “This was the first colourway seen on Michael Jordan’s feet in an NBA game and the first colourway to release at retail. The white and black colour scheme provides the perfect contrast. It’s just beautiful,” stated Zack of Stadium Goods. The sneaker features a nylon upper paired with patent leather, thick white laces that go through the loops and a black Jump man logo on the upper side by the heel. The sneaker instantly became a go-to shoe in the sneakers community.

Air Jordan 11 OG “Columbia”

Air Jordan 11 OG “Columbia”

Michael Jordan won MVP at the 1996 NBA All Star game in these sneakers, and that was the first time they were debuted. These sneakers are the third original Air Jordan 11 colourway. Its features include a light blue sole and the upper part is white, whilst the number 23 is “stamped” on the heel. 24 years later and the Columbia 11s are still considered a masterpiece amongst the OG collectors.

Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord DMP “Defining Moments Pack”

Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord DMP “Defining Moments Pack”

These sneakers were first released in 2006 and they sold out instantly and were very popular. Therefore, it is not a surprise at all to know that they are still as popular as they were when they first go out. The shoes feature a black patent leather and the upper is white, with the golden Jumpman logo on the back heel of the shoe. The design of the shoe was inspired and is also a reflection of Michael Jordan’s NBA championship games of 1991 and 1996.

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE “Bred”

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE “Bred” - top 10 best Jordan 11s

These sneakers were released in 1996 and re-released in 2003. They were considered as the 2nd edition or 2003 edition. They were popular since Michael wore these sneakers a couple of games during their tense series with NY. Therefore, by virtue of them being Js, they automatically become quite legendary. These have been re-released in 2021, marking the 25th anniversary of the shoe. The Jumpman logo is also embroidered on the tongue; it has a translucent rubber outsole and a few suede accents.

Air Jordan 11 OG “Bred”

Air Jordan 11 OG “Bred”

These sneakers were first released in 1995, then the retros followed in 2001, 2008 and 2019. Michael Jordan won his fourth NBA Championship in these colourways. In the first year they were released, Michael proposed to the Chicago Bulls manager, Phil Jackson, that the whole team should wear black sneakers on the court to look more threatening. All though Michael wore the “Bred”, which differed from his teammates sneakers, Michaels had a white and red outsole. A red Jumpman logo is seen on the upper heel of the shoe. These are said be one of the most iconic Jordan sneakers to have ever been produced.

Air Jordan 11 Retro “Derek Jeter”

Air Jordan 11 Retro “Derek Jeter” - top 10 best Jordan 11s

These were first released in 2017. These 11s are unavailable, and finding a pair is close to impossible, simply because only five pairs exist. These pairs were released during Yankees Legend Derek Jeter retirement ceremony. These shoes are suede all around. These are the rarest Air Jordan 11’s to exist, and they were produced to honor Derek Jeter after 19 years of playing pro ball. Seeing that Derek was a part of the Jordan Brand, they chose to celebrate him by designing one of rarest and most costly Jordan 11s ever produced.

 Air Jordan 11 Retro “Cool Grey”

 Air Jordan 11 Retro “Cool Grey”

First released in 2001, the retro release date was in 2010. The “Cool Grey” was not an OG retro colourway, and that was a first for the Air Jordan 11’s. It is considered one of the greatest non-OG Retros to ever been released. Unfortunately, their release collided with riots that were going on in America, and many stores that stocked these sneakers were broke into and vandalized. The grey colour coincidentally represented the dark moments associated with its initial release. Its beauty coupled with simplicity is still unmatched. This pair feature a dulled grey throughout the whole shoe, and grey patent leather, with a translucent outsole. No wonder it has made it to our top 10 best Jordan 11s list.

Air Jordan 11 Low “Citrus”

Air Jordan 11 Low “Citrus”

The Air Jordan 11 Low “Citrus” sneakers were released in 2001 and were an instant hit. Originally, they were intended for women but most male sneaker-heads loved the shoe and purchased them regardless. These are one of the few liked Air Jordan 11 lows. Their eye-catching feature is the orange sole whilst the rest of the shoe is simply white. Over 19 years, the Citrus alas been re-released a few times, making it constantly available for anyone looking for a pair. These can retail from $180.00 to $240.00.

Air Jordan 11 “Blackout Sample”

Air Jordan 11 “Blackout Sample” - top 10 best Jordan 11s

The Air Jordan 11 “Blackout Sample” were manufactured in 2011, and were set to be released to the public in that same year but for unknown reasons it was pulled out last minute. Only a mere half a dozen pairs are known to exist, making these one of the rarest Air Jordan 11s. It is a very simple looking shoe, with different shades of black, patent leather, black midsole and outsole and finishing it off with black laces. Moreover, The Jumpman logo 23 is also in black. They wrap up our top 10 best Jordan 11s thus far.

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