On May 7th, 1995 Michael Jordan stepped onto the hardwood for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic. All eyes in the stadium and across the country from the people watching on tv were locked in on Jordan, not because of a highlight play, but because of the shoes he had on. Nearly two months had passed since Jordan ended his 17-month retirement. When he returned, he shocked the basketball universe by switching to No. 45, not the No. 23 he’d previously worn for his entire NBA career. The new number was what he rocked for the Birmingham Barons playing in baseball’s minor leagues. All the other players on the court were donning the traditional playoff look of all black sneakers but MJ was showing off the fresh, predominantly white ‘Concord’ Air Jordan 11s. The No. 45 was there as well, printed in white on the heels of each shoe to match the jersey he had on. From there the rest is history.
From that moment, sneaker lovers, Michael Jordan historians, and fans of the game have looked at the ‘Concord’ Air Jordan 11 differently. The shoe has been described as “absolute perfection in a sneaker”, “the holy grail” and much more because of its White, ballistic mesh upper and a shiny, elegant Black patent leather wrap that was unlike anything that’d ever been seen on a sneaker. Then when good friend of Michael Jordan, Ahmad Rashad, decided to do a small feature on the patent leather shoes during the nationally broadcasted game, it sent the newly-forming sneaker community into a frenzy. There haven’t been too many moments like that since. Outside June 14th, 1998 (if you don’t know what happened that date, then do some searching), I can’t think of any athlete truly shocking the world with an unknown sneaker.
Since the debut in 1995, the ‘Concord’ Jordan 11 has released twice in 2000 and 2011. This years release is unlike the previous ones, as Jordan Brand goes back to ’95 with this version. These are as OG as it can get with a pair of Jordans. Swapping out the 23 on the heel for 45 like MJ’s pair, all the shoe’s iconic details are featured, from the striking Black patent leather mudguard to the White mesh upper. Finally, the colorway is topped off with a translucent outsole that’s rounded out by subtle Concord Purple hits on the tongue and bottom.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Concord’ on December 8th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
Enter your name in the raffle to reserve your pair! Reservations Close on Monday Morning on December 3rd.
If you’ve loved what Jordan Brand has done so far this year, then your about to love ’em a lot more. Back in May we got the first Air Jordan Retro 11 release of the year and now they are blessing us with another one but not the final one! While Air Jordan 11 Retro releases are now sprinkled all across the calendar year, nothing says “Holiday Season” more than the this classic retro darling of the Air Jordan legacy. Next week, JB will be kicking off their holiday lineup with a brand new Air Jordan 11 colorway that is different from any Retro 11 we’ve ever gotten.
End October strong with the all new Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Platinum Tint’. This clean retro colorway features red piping adjacent to the Jumpman logo, a Sail colored midsole, and a milky opaque outsole. The most surprising aspect of this release is the removal of its most significant detail, the patent leather mudguard. Instead of the classic patent mudguard, you’ll find a suede-like finish that matches well with the casual-wear direction of this release. Jordan Brand went more lifestyle with this release and you won’t be disappointed. To finish it out, you’ll find University Red accents and Black detailing around the inner collar that sits atop a translucent outsole to complete the design.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Platinum Tint’ on October 27th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
Enter your name in the raffle to reserve your pair! Reservations Close on Monday Morning on October 23rd.
The Air Jordan 11 holds a special place in the sneaker realm for what Jordan did wearing the shoe and the one of a kind look that they had when he debuted them on May 7th, 1995 in a game against the Orlando Magic. As the years have come and gone, the love and demand for the Retro 11 has become bigger than anything Tinker Hatfield or Michael Jordan could have imagined. Now, Jordan Brand is honoring those who accomplish graduating high-school with this premium take on the ’96 classic hoops model that is perfect for formal events that fall near the end of the school year in mind. JB is also giving graduates first dibs through a special SNKRs release that has never been done before.
What started as a sample in the ‘Blackout’ Collection back in 2011 has finally come full circle to be released after sneakerheads have been begging for years. Since 2011, this pair has accumulated numerous nicknames like ‘Blackout’, ‘Prom Night’ and others but Jordan Brand has dubbed these ‘Cap and Gown’ 11s. The all-black pair sports suede panels in place of the usual ballistic mesh, tonal branding hits, a metal Jumpman on the lateral heel in place of the usual stitched interpretation, a smokey outsole, and the model’s signature high-cut patent leather. To add to this pair’s theme, the black laces are made to resemble the cords worn by students on graduation day. Thanks to its shiny patent leather detailing resembling a dress shoe, the 11 has been re-purposed over the years by some as an “acceptable” compliment to formal wear.
With college graduation season already underway, don’t be surprised to see certain students rocking these with their traditional attire when they receive their diplomas this year. This pair will be releasing in MEN’S SIZES ONLY.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Cap and Gown ’ on May 26th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
The highly anticipated release for the Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Cap and Gown’ is finally here. We will be doing in-store raffles and an online release of this super clean retro, so to find out the best way to snag your pair you will want to check out the store raffle info below. If you’re not sure if your local store is going to have them, then you can check our Launch Locator on the website to find your closest store that will have them.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the important details and read the in-store raffle procedure.
In-Store Raffle Details
LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER
GRAB A TICKET
On Tuesday 5/22 select stores will be passing out a limited number of tickets for a chance to purchase the shoes on 5/26. To obtain a ticket, you must show a valid photo ID. Each participant will be limited to one ticket, while they last. On your ticket you must include: your full name, shoe size, and telephone number.
CONFIRM YOUR TICKET
Tickets will be drawn at random. In the event your ticket is drawn, Finish Line will make one (1) attempt to contact you, at the phone number you provided by 5 PM local time on Friday 5/25, to notify you of your successful participation in the Finish Line New Release Drawing and opportunity to purchase. If you do not answer, we are unable to leave a voicemail, and you are forfeiting your participation in the Finish Line New Release Drawing.
If you have not been called by 5 PM local time on Friday 5/25, your ticket has not been drawn.
PURCHASE THE AIR JORDAN RETRO 11 ‘CAP AND GOWN’
If your ticket is drawn and you have been contacted, you may redeem your ticket from 8 AM local time to 10 AM local time on the day of the launch 5/26. If you do not arrive with your ticket and valid ID by 10 AM local time, the ticket is no longer valid. You must bring your ticket stub and a valid photo ID that matches the name on the submitted entry in order to purchase the shoe.
Limit one entry per person. Multiple entries with multiple size and location preferences will be disqualified. Only a select number of tickets will be available in each store for each release. Ticket availability is not guaranteed. Once submitted, the entry is final and no change of any kind may be made. Entries are non-transferable. The name submitted on the Finish Line New Release Drawing ticket must match a valid photo ID, to be presented at the time of purchase. Finish Line makes no guarantees regarding product or size availability. Finish Line reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or change the New Release Drawing at any time, for any reason. No purchase necessary to enter.
Jordan Brand has been bodying 2018 like MJ on Muggsy Bogues in the ’90s and they seem to be taking it up a notch just to make everyone notice. They’ve brought back classics like the ‘Black Cement’ 3, ‘Shadow’ 1 and 10, ‘Altitude’13s and more and now they chopping the top on the ‘Cool Grey’ Retro 11. Just in time for summer, the ‘Cool Grey’ Jordan 11 Low is perfect for any ‘fit and occasion when you plan on stepping out. You may remember that the internet went crazy back in 2013 when MJ was spotted in a pair, and sneakerheads thought they were going to be blessed that year. While it only took five years for those hopes to become a reality for sneaker lovers, the time has finally come.
Now, Jordan is taking one of the most popular designs in their prestigious history and dropping the top on a low version of the classic that is just what your rotation needs for summer. The Air Jordan XI ‘Cool Grey’ sits high in the ranks all-time greats in the sneaker world so it’s only right that they give you a low-top pair to compliment your OG pair. You’ll notice this low-top version features a a two-tone grey upper made of nubuck and patent leather overlays which is different from past releases that featured a mesh upper. Contrasting white laces, a matching midsole and an icy blue translucent outsole completes the design altogether in a truly perfect way.
Make sure you pick up the Air Jordan Retro 11 Low ‘Cool Grey’ on April 28th at Finishline.com.
Jordan Brand’s helping you get the perfect the perfect Easter ‘fit together that’ll have your family giving you props. JB is set to drop an Air Jordan Retro 11 Low just before the holiday. A holiday they’ve often used to canvas sneakers in lush pastels and so on, the 11 Low undergoes a slight makeover with premium construction as a base layer. This Air Jordan 11 Low ‘Emerald’ is a brand new colorway of the silhouette and is perfect to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday and spring season. Colored in a simple two-tone theme, White is seen on the tongue, laces and upper portion in leather while an Emerald Green hue takes over the signature patent leather overlay circulating the mudguard, toe and heel. Minor Black accents throughout, a White midsole and icy iridescent/translucent outsole completes the design altogether.
Make sure you pick up the Air Jordan Retro 11 Low ‘Emerald’ on March 31st at Finishline.com.
When it comes to the sneaker-world, the Air Jordan 11 is one of the most cherished and desired. If you’re one of the lucky people in the world that Jordan Brand signs to give you the privilege of being a Jordan athlete, then you may get the honor of creating your own PE sneaker. If you do get this lucky privilege of creating your own sneaker with your favorite colors or team colors, your first choice will more than likely be the Air Jordan 11. We’re highlighting the best of the best when it comes to these athletes and their PE’s. Peep the list and see who has that heat in their closet.
The holiday season is one of the biggest times of year in the sneaker world. For Jordan Brand, this time of year has always been big for them as they drop some highly touted retros for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the day after Christmas and this year they are mixing it up. Last month, JB dropped the Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Win Like ’82’ that honored Jordan’s NCAA title-winning shot in the 1982 Championship Game. This year was the first year in a long time that they didn’t have a Black Friday release but they’re making up for it with two Retro 11 launches.
The ‘Win Like ’82’ honored MJ’s shot at UNC and now the ‘Win Like ’96’ is honoring the 1996 Chicago team that took the league by storm and won a record-setting 72 games. This retro comes dressed in a gym red, white and black color scheme. The Air Jordan 11 features a gym red mesh and patent leather upper with a black Jumpman logo on the heel. A white midsole and icy translucent outsole completes the design. We will be holding in-store raffles for these and you can check out the details for that here.
Make sure you add the Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Win Like ’96’ to your rotation on December 9th and pick up your pair from Finishline.com.
The Air Jordan XI is known for it’s patent leather shine. Although the shoe was an immediate success, designs down the road proved to stay relevant without the tuxedo accents. This latest look is sporting premium stringray leather and metallic gold. A perfect look for the upcoming seasons. Pair this with your favorite black and white looks or something that matches it’s shimmery detail, and you can’t go wrong. Ladies be sure to size down 1.5 for this style for the right fit.
Grab your pair of the Girl’s Air Jordan XI ‘Heiress’ Friday 11/24 at finishline.com.